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A unique place that is home to the 'Earth's ear'

By Wang Keju | China Daily| Updated: 2017-12-22 Print

I've done my fair share of travelling around China, but the recent week-long trip to Guizhou was the first time I had visited the province. It was a real learning experience.

I must admit, Guizhou is one of the best-endowed regions in China in terms of its natural beauty and fascinating environment, rich culture and history.

With regards to development, Guizhou has some catching up to do compared with some other provinces. However, it is unique, not only for its amazing landscape but also for its rapid progress in many fields.

I was greatly inspired by the rural serenity of Zunyi and the modern development of Guiyang, the provincial capital, but I most looked forward to visiting the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope, known as FAST. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I didn't want to miss out.

Located in a deep valley in Pintang county, FAST is the world's largest telescope. I call it the "Earth's Ear" .

It is believed to be the world's most sensitive radio telescope, and a key to unlocking the universe. The guide at the site told me the telescope is so sensitive that it could capture the signal of a cellphone being used on the Moon.

I am not a science fan. Actually I didn't know much about radio telescopes before I visited, but when I stood in front of FAST, I was so amazed. That was not only because of the magic of advanced technology, but also the universal glamour of human wisdom.

I don't think any other country could accomplish such a tremendous project in terms of labor, technology and money.

Guizhou's rise is visible. I have seen it myself.

Eddie Turkson spoke with Wang Keju.

(China Daily 12/22/2017 page6)

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