Sensitive Land Restoration - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

SPECIAL AWARD WINNER - Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute

Sponsor: Thrive

The Landscape Renovation of Chaka Salt Lake

Client/Maintenance Contractor Qinghai Chaka Salt Lake Cultural Tourism Development Co
Architect Beijing Oriental Elite Programming & Designing Co
Designer Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute
Main Contractor Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 4 Co
Suppliers Tianjin Brother Electric Train Co, Wuhan Tiedong Railway Materials Co, Xi’ning Duocai Advertising Co

The Chaka Salt Lake, 3,000m above sea level and 200 miles from Xining City, is also known as the "Mirror of the Sky" in China. A deserted salt refinery has been transformed into a popular scenic spot. Recognising the need to protect the area’s delicate ecosystem, the tourist meeting and activity area was placed 700m away from the lake, ensuring that the lake itself was protected. After renovation, the area became the most popular scenic spot in Qinghai, visited by more than 1.7 million tourists from June to October in 2016 and generating an income of more than US $13m.

Judges’ comments

"This project represented an extreme challenge for both the design and landscape construction teams. Working in a very hostile environment, and with a very tight time limit of just nine months, they set about the sensitive ecological restoration of the salt lake margins using traditional craft methods to encourage regeneration of the area’s specific flora and fauna and restore the ecosystem of the lake area. Site activities, functions and use were carefully re-imagined to make maximum use of existing facilities and secure the future sustainable development of the area as a major regional tourist attraction. This had duly been achieved and is recognised with the Special Award for Sensitive Land Restoration."

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