Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Yeshan National Mining Park, Nanjing, Jiangsu

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2875

This park is located in the Liuhe District, Nanjing City. It was designated as one of the second group of national mining parks by the Ministry of Land and Resources in May 2010. The area around the Yeshan Iron Mine has been used for copper mining and iron smelting since the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 B.C. – 771 B.C.), which is more than 3,000 years. Because mining began more than 1,800 years earlier than in Europe, the park is praised by geologists as a landmark of the beginning of China’s mining industry. The park is the location of the first mining in China, and its history of mining is representative of China’s mining history. The underground mining intuitively and vividly illustrates the development of China’s mining technologies from the Western Zhou Dynasty to the present day. Featuring ‘mining culture, mining heritage and iron mining’, Yeshan National Mining Park is a highly harmonious park that integrates scientific investigations, leisure, entertainment and science...

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