Cul­tural sites

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Business -

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.”

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