Hong Kong media: We have 500 martyrs buried for China’s space industry
SkyCity launch Tower
Global Times reported on Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on June 20, the original question: space city in the desert is not so secret if it is not standing on the roadside grass several coated with the Mao era slogan of the missile, the visitor is difficult to know the birthplace of the town is in the Gobi desert of China’s missile and space projects, and is still one of the most active launch pad. Here most of the research building short and no feature of many local government buildings and in remote areas compared to dwarfs.
With the recent growing number of space launch, this “city” has been more transparent than ever before. Mainland may apply for sightseeing in the living area, guard closely facilities, such as the command center and tower visit costs about 400 yuan per person, meals. A museum through images about the base mysterious past the entrance, and even visitors to the reception office.
but foreigners rarely have the opportunity to enter, travel agents, always refused to holders of foreign passports. During some special events, such as the launch of manned spacecraft, the number of guests and journalists from outside the Mainland were allowed to enter, but the activity is strictly limited. Any attempt to walk alone politely to stop. If you insist on doing so, security officials will send someone to accompany you.
even heard many times over “wind”, but few mainlanders know where it is. Many people think that it is located in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, because it is known as the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. But they are wrong. Dongfeng Aerospace City is actually located Inner Mongolia Ejinaqi.
sunny weather from the Jiuquan space city direct road to spend nearly four hours. The vast Gobi separated from the Space City and nearby villages along every few minutes, you can see the seemingly mysterious military installations, radar and antenna from the building, hidden in the bushes stretched out. The visitors have to go through several military checkpoints to enter the city from time to time and out of military vehicles, reminding visitors here is still closely monitored.
whole city covers an area of ??2800 square kilometers, mostly uninhabitable desert, an oasis at the foot of the Bayan treasure Gede Mountain, People’s Liberation Army stationed in the late 1950s. Here is the birthplace of the first missile, launched China’s first satellite. Today, the base for the launch of the manned space project. Although the majority of its military testing and R & D function has been transferred to other places, there is still heavily guarded.
local residents, living conditions in recent years a substantial increase. The arrival of the first residents, most of them have to live in the fossa and the tent, retrieved from a nearby river, the water is salty, the vegetables are a rarity. Today, the city has its own water purification plant, with Israeli technology. A huge vegetable plot can meet 80% of the residents needs. The base also has its own dairy farms. “Our vegetables and milk is completely safe,” a resident said, “never worried about pesticides and melamine.” The city’s largest building is the hotel, usually open to visitors during the launch will be left to senior government officials. 500 martyrs are buried in a cemetery, has become a tourist attraction. Buried here are mostly scientists, engineers and soldiers killed in a launch accident. ▲ (Steven Chen, Mu Yi translation)
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