China Converts Earthquake Ruins Into Tourist Site

Some of the ruins left over from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Southwest China last May will open to tourists later this month, AFP reported.

Tour groups will be able to visit an earthquake simulation exhibit and take a boat ride across the Tangjiashan "quake lake," a new body of water formed by excessive flooding and landslides following the earthquake, according to AFP.

Local government spokesman, Chen Wen, said that the day-long tour will also include a visit to Beichuan High School where more than 120 students were buried alive in the rubble of collapsed buildings, AFP reported.

Officials estimate that around one in 10 of Beichuan's 300,000 residents and 87,000 Chinese citizens were killed in the earthquake, China's worst natural disaster in more than a decade.

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