Museum becomes third site to get green certification

THE Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, southwest China's Sichuan Province, is the third tourism destination in China to be granted the Green Globe 21 certificate.  

Located in Canberra, Australia, Green Globe sets the global benchmark for certification of environmentally-friendly tourism sites. Certification is based on Agenda 21 – principles for sustainable development endorsed by 182 countries and regions during the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.  

The other two Chinese tourism destinations are also in Sichuan, said Richard Hooper, managing director of Green Globe.  

They are Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, two sites on Unesco's World Heritage List. 

In a bid to achieve sustainable travel and tourism, the Sanxingdui Museum started applying for the Green Globe 21 certificate last December. Since then, it has invested a hefty sum to mitigate greenhouse effects and handle cast off, witnessing great improvement in its environment, said deputy curator Zhang Yaohui.  

The Sanxingdui Museum houses almost all the relics from the Sanxingdui Ruins.  

The excavation of the Sanxingdui Ruins was hailed as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in China in the last century. It showed that civilised culture appeared in Sichuan 5,000 years ago and had continued uninterrupted until today, said Chen Xiandan, deputy curator of the Sichuan Provincial Museum. – China Daily 

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