Learn and be Entertained at these
National Science Education Bases

8th April 2018


To discover natural wonders and experiencing the wonder of science, you can bring your children to these science education bases on weekends. Recently, the Chongqing Municipal Planning Bureau and Geographic Information Center launched “The maps of National Science Education Bases in Chongqing”, which lists all the national science education bases within the city.



So far, the city has a total of 17 national science education bases, which are distributed in 13 districts and counties such as Yuzhong District, Fuling and Youyang. These bases include venues dedicated to popularizing scientific knowledge to the public, natural and cultural scenic spots with the function of popularizing science and education, and institutions and associations with prominent professional qualities.



The various types and rich forms of the Chongqing Science Education Bases enable visitors to enjoy the beauty of science while being entertained.


1. Qijiang National Geological Park


Qijiang National Geological Park consists of three parts: Fossil Wood, Laoying Mountain and Gujian Mountain. It centers on typical and precious fossil wood, dinosaur fossils, and Danxia landform. It incorporates natural and hilly landscape, water scenery, natural ecology and human contributions. The park is of great scientific value in the study of Mesozoic geologic evolution history, paleogeography, and paleoclimate. The growth and development conditions of ancient animals and plants in the Southwest China are topics covered, making this a fascinating science education base.


2. Chongqing Crocodile Breeding Center


Chongqing Crocodile Breeding Center was established at the end of the last century. The Center serves as an endangered animal research and breeding facility. It is also a popular science education center, and an education and tourism center centering on crocodilian and tropical forest animals. The park consists of many sections, including a science museum and animal viewing area. After nearly two decades of development, it has become an important base for biology education in our city and is also one of the important sites for wildlife conservation, which has successfully bred many rare animals such as alligator sinensis (also known as the “Chinese alligator”).


3. Chongqing Science and Technology Museum


Chongqing Science and Technology Museum has six theme exhibition halls: Living Science and Technology, Disaster Prevention Science and Technology, Transportation Science and Technology, National Defense Science and Technology, Aerospace Science and Technology and Basic Science. There are also two special exhibition halls of Children's Science Parks and The Light of Industrial. In design, the Science and Technology Museum uses two kinds of materials: stone and glass. The stone is like a hard rock (a metaphor for "mountain"), and the glass curtain wall is clear and transparent, (metaphor for "water") — just right to highlight the characteristics of the "landscape city" of Chongqing.


4. Jinfo Mountain National Nature Reserve


Jinfo Mountain National Nature Reserve is located in the transitional zone between the southeastern edge of the Sichuan Basin and the Yunnan-Kweichow Plateau, with undulating ridge and gully aspect. The reserve has extremely rich wild animal and plant resources, a harmonious and stable natural ecosystem. It is of great significance in botany, forestry, ecology and environmental science.


5. Baiheliang Underwater Museum


Baiheliang (White Crane Ridge) is located in the middle of the Yangtze River in the north of Fuling, known as the “World’s First Ancient Hydrological Station”. The world’s first underwater museum was built on the original site because of the construction of the Three Gorges Project. The shiyu water gage and inscriptions in the museum recorded changes in the water level of dry seasons in the upstream of the Yangtze River from the Tang Dynasty up to now. This provides excellent physical evidence for the research of the hydrology of Yangtze River and the historical law of climate changes in the global region. These inscriptions include literary, calligraphy, painting, and stone carving arts, which have extremely high scientific and application value.


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