On August 5, 2012, the Bureau of Planning Management of Nanning publishes The Conceptual Master Plan of the First Phase of Guangxi Longxiang Valley International Tourist Resort (hereinafter called The Plan) which draws most attention. Following the principle of “ecology, culture, leisure and health”, The Plan is meant to construct a spatial structure of “one center, two axes and five zones” in Longxiang Valley, aiming at making it a leisure, lofty and livable town.
Elaborate Grouping to Construct “One Center, Two Axes and Five Zones”
According to The Plan, the first phase of Longxiang Valley project is located in the east of the whole project, including Tunliu Reservoir as well as the neighboring areas. Its south side is the boundary of Nanning and Qinzhou, and its north side is the boundary of the villages or administrative villages, with a total planned area of 39.93 square kilometers. It is about 10 kilometers from east to west, about 5.3 kilometers from south to west, connects G325 National Highway and Nanning-Beihai Expressway (at Nabu Entrance and Exit of Nanning-Beihai Expressway) to the east, and links Qinbei District of Qinzhou City to the south, with the middle as the boundary of the base.
Longxiang Valley project is to be built with the prospect of “Leisure in Baidao Lake and Health in the Valleys of Mountains”. The first phase of the project is to establish an eco-town and cultural tourist town integrating leisure tourism, top-rated service, healthy recreation, low-carbon display, cultural creation, and ecological living place in the center of Beibu Gulf and on the southward developing axis of Nanning City. It will be an international leisure tourist resort, a low-carbon recycling economic development demonstration zone, and an aged industry demonstration zone in the future.
The first phase of the project takes the form of the spatial structure of “one center, two axes and five zones” by means of grouping, of which “one center” is the ecological core of Baidao Lake, including a large natural reservoir and ecological isles and lakes in the center; “two axes” are the main urban developing axis of the base which are formed along with the main roads, and the natural leisure ecological axis which is formed by the existing mountains on the south side of the base; and “five zones” are the entrance theme entertainment zone, the exotic resort for conference, the sports & recreation zone for sport-lovers, ecological resort zone for the aged, and natural ecological zone for the infants.
“The‘five zones’is the core area for tourism and vacation when citizens and visitors come to Longxiang Valley,” says the official in charge of Nanning Longxiang Valley Management Committee. The funniest zones are the entrance theme entertainment zone and the sports & recreation zone for sport-lovers which include a theme amusement park, mountain adventure park and water world, and so on. While in exotic resort for conference, citizens will have the chance to visit those blocks that are of European features and styles.
In order to build a high-quality tourist leisure resort, the first phase of Longxiang Valley project will construct 19 core projects, including an exotic town, ecological cultural park, water paradise, and aquarium, etc.
Light Rail Transit to the Valley and Cruising Around by Small Helicopter
Fengting Lake and Tunliu Reservoir which refers to the Baidao Lake in Nanning, are situated in Datang Town of Liangqing District in Nanning City, 60 kilometers away from Nanning. Fengting Lake is not far from Datang Town, and Tunliu Reservoir connects with Fengting Lake. It takes about 20 minutes’ driving from the road along Fengting Lake to get to Tunliu Reservoir. Because those isles in the lakes scatter all over like stars in the sky (scattering here and there), thee 108 beautiful isles in the Reservoir are called “Baidao Lake”.
With regard to the transportation to Longxiang Valley, The Plan proposes that, the plan of external transportation network will rely on the existing three north-south roads including Nanning-Beihai Expressway, Quanzhou-Nanning Expressway and No.325 National Highway. It is also planned that a new city express way connecting Nanning city proper with Longxiang Valley is to be built. The planned convenient high-grade traffic system makes it possible that people can reach Nanning International Airport in 45 minutes from Longxiang Valley, and Nanning City proper, Qinzhou, and Fangchenggang within one hour.
The Plan puts forward to have an added special railway line to Longxiang Valley by extending Nanning City Rail Transit Line 3 (Keyuandong Rd. to the South of the Bonded Center) to the planned area of Longxiang Valley. This means that residents can visit Longxiang Valley by light rail in the future.
For the convenience of the residents to visit Longxiang Valley and enjoy themselves, sightseeing cable cars are planned to be set up around the lakes according to the plan of the first phase of the project. It is more convenient for visitors to get to those scenic spots in the mountains on the south side of Baidao Lake, by the 10 kilometers’ riding on the sightseeing cable cars.
What makes visitors and tourists excited is that Longxiang Valley can be visited by small helicopter in future, for the Valley will open a 20 kilometers’ cruise air route around Longxiang Valley. Meanwhile, in the course of the construction of the first phase, it is also planned to open a sightseeing route by a small train which connects the major functional landscape groups in Longxiang Valley.
On foot, by bike, by bus, by cable car and small train …… The first phase of the Longxiang Valley project is also planned to build four transfer junctions in the future.
Construction in Three Phases to Build a Leisure Baidao Lake
Longxiang Valley project is one of the seven sections in Nanning Wuxiang (Five Elephants) New District, covering a planned area of 100 square kilometers, with a total investment of more than 100 billion yuan and a development cycle of 20 to 30 years. The initial position of Longxiang Valley is to be an international leisure tourist resort, a low-carbon recycling economic development demonstration zone and an aged industry demonstration zone as well as a livable ecological new town. The location selection of the project is based on the fact that it stands in Shiwandashan Mountain, with Tunliu Reservoir and Fengting Reservoir at the back. The two reservoirs share a total storage capacity of 733 million cubic meters, with the water surface area reaching 42 square kilometers and the widest surface of the lake exceeding 1,000 meters at its normal water level.
According to The Plan, the first phase of Longxiang Valley construction is divided into three periods: short-term (2012~2014), mid-term (2015~2017) and long-term (2018~2020). The scale in the first phase of Longxiang Valley will be 7.7 square kilometers and 21.3 square kilometers in 2014 and 2017 respectively, and it will reach the construction scale of around 40 square kilometers in the long term (in 2020).
It is planned in the first phase to construct and develop 38 projects in Longxiang Valley including the Water World, Merry World, Natural Museum, Aquarium, Planetarium, Exotic Town, The ASEAN Conference Center, Hotel for Conference & Holiday, Eco-Agricultural Tourism Park, Animals Carnival, and Longxiang Valley Buddhist Temple. The planned area of the second phase covers about 100 square kilometers, and then finally Longxiang Valley will be a tourist resort of “Leisure on the Baidao Lake and Health in the Valley”, as well as Nanning’s ecological satellite town of the world level and a cultural tourist town of Guangxi which can be inhabited by around 0.3 to 0.5 million people.
Construction Started and Water World to be Open Next Year
Recently, Longxiang Valley will put emphasis on the construction of these five sections: ecological cultural park (theme park), water paradise, exotic town, hotel, and golf course, and the water paradise and theme park will be put into use formally in April, 2014.
The conception and scheme of Water World and Merry World in Longxiang Valley highlight two conceptions of “dragon” and “elephant” in the designing. The construction will be fully integrated with the local natural environment as well as combined with characteristics of Guangxi and the ASEAN elements. The first phase construction project of the Merry World includes the theme zones like Dreamlike Forest, Southeast Asian Adventure, Waterfall Valley, and Dragon & Elephant Kingdom, and the recreation projects like Roller Coaster, Sightseeing Tower, Dark Ride, Pirate Ship, Children Bubble Factory, 4D Theater, and Displays & Performances. The scale of the construction of the first phase of Merry World reaches approximately 30 hectares (about 450 mu), with a total estimated investment of about 1.5 billion yuan. The scale of the construction of the first phase of Water World will approximately be 16.4 hectares (about 246 mu) and 17 main recreation facilities will be built, many of which are exciting adventurous recreation projects including Huge Water Village, Speed Slide, Water Roller Roaster, Wave Pool of over 10,000 square meters, and River Rafting and so on.