are considered important in the city of Yumen, with their history dating back to 2nd century BC production nationwide.
But after decades of development, many oil wells in Yumen have seen their output drop in recent years, with annual oil output reaching a record low in 1999.
The city’s prosperity has decreased with the depleted oil resources.
Yumen saw a new opportunity in 2013 when China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative, which is poised to bring changes and create development opportunities for people and countries along the ancient trade routes.
Yumen is to the west of the Hexi Corridor, a major part of the Silk Road. It is also only a few hundreds kilometers away from Dunhuang, home to the worldrenowned Mogao Caves, and Yumen Guan, the entrance to the old trade route.
Dating back to 2nd century BC, the city has a long history and 126 important cultural sites, among which four are under national protection and five under provincial protection.
In the past years, Yumen has allocated a total of 17 million yuan to protect and repair cultural relics, launch museum exhibitions, establish a painted pottery museum and set up cultural centers.
Yumen is also planning to build an “oil culture” theme park to make use of its resources as the first petroleum base in China.
“The Belt and Road Initiative will enhance exchanges among Yumen and countries on the trade route, which will attract more visitors to Yumen from home and abroad,” said Gao Zhengsheng, director of Yumen Tourism Administration. “We hope Yumen can take the development opportunities created by the initiative and become a sustainable tourism city.”