Houston Community News >> China Turns Quake Lakes into Tourist Spots

7/8/2008-- China hopes to turn a dangerous "quake lake" that once threatened up to 1.3 million lives into a tourist spot as part of rebuilding efforts in its quake-hit south-west, state press said.

The Tangjiashan lake was the biggest of several lakes created when the May 12 earthquake struck Sichuan province, triggering landslides that blocked rivers and led to the build up of large bodies of water.

Early relief and rescue work following the 8.0-magnitude quake, which left nearly 88,000 people dead or missing, were hampered by the possibility that the quake lakes would burst and bring further misery to millions of survivors downstream.

Now Chinese officials in the region are seeking to profit by developing the lakes into tourist spots, especially in Beichuan county, one of the hardest hit areas, Xinhua news agency said.
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