World’s High­est-Al­ti­tude Aquar­ium Opens to Pub­lic in China’s Qing­hai

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The world’s high­est-al­ti­tude aquar­ium opened to the pub­lic in north­west China’s Qing­hai Province on the week­end, at­tract­ing more than 8000 vis­i­tors, ac­cord­ing to the aquar­ium.

At an al­ti­tude of 2261 me­tres above sea level, the new aquar­ium, cov­er­ing about 28,000 square me­tres and tak­ing nearly two years to build, is lo­cated in the city of Xin­ing,

the cap­i­tal of Qing­hai, rep­re­sent­ing the first aquar­ium on the Qing­hai-Ti­bet Plateau. Naked carps (Gym­no­cypris prze­wal­skii), which are en­demic to Qing­hai Lake, will be ex­hib­ited among more than 400 aquatic species and over 100 ter­res­trial an­i­mals in the aquar­ium. An­i­mal stars, in­clud­ing two bel­u­gas from Rus­sia and eight bot­tlenose dol­phins from Ja­pan, as well as dol­phins, Arc­tic wolves and Arc­tic foxes, are ex­pected to stage won­der­ful per­for­mances for vis­i­tors.

“We sim­u­lated their orig­i­nal liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment and op­ti­mised their liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the aquar­ium, in­clud­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, wa­ter pres­sure, oxy­gen con­tent and PH level, and even their food was shipped by air from other cities,” said the aquar­ium cu­ra­tor Luo Ruibin.

The aquar­ium will not only enrich the plateau res­i­dents’ lives, but also give full play to its func­tion of science pop­u­lar­i­sa­tion ed­u­ca­tion, Luo said.

Photo: Xin­hua

A photo taken on Au­gust 18, 2019 shows vis­i­tors in the world’s high­est-al­ti­tude aquar­ium in north­west China’s Qing­hai Province.

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