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Zhuhai to build Asia's biggest ocean park

ZHUHAI City in southern China plans to spend 3 billion yuan (US$450 million) to build the biggest ocean park in Asia at the end of this year, the local government has announced.

The first phase of the Changlong Ocean World project on Hengqin Island in Guangdong Province is expected to start before the year end, Guangzhou Daily reported today.

Construction will begin by December 26 this year and will be completed by 2012, according to the Land and Resources Bureau in Zhuhai city.

An environmental impact assessment is being conducted online seeking public opinion on the project's impact on water, atmosphere and the ecology.

The first-phase of the project will cover 143 hectares, with a floor area of 1.2 million square meters, including an ocean theme park, an international ocean world and outdoor recreational facilities.

The whole project will cost 10 billion yuan (US$1.47 billion), occupy a land area of five square kilometers, and will be the largest ocean park in Asia, according to Macao daily.

Asia's biggest ocean park at present is in Hong Kong.


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