Zone with a heavenly view of the night sky
Ngari prefecture is seeking international recognition from astronomers for a plateau that gives an unobstructed view of the night sky. Ngari’s tourist bureau told Xinhua News Agency on Thursday that it has applied to join the International Dark-Sky Association, which campaigns against light pollution. This would enable the bureau to build a conservation zone in line with international standards. If the application is successful, the 2,500-square-kilometer area will become the first such park in Asia, said Wang Xiaohua of the association’s China branch.