LOCATION Qinghai, China
CLIENT Xi Ning Forestry Council
SIZE 400 hectares
DESIGNED IN 2011
of land lies in a beautiful and little-known part of China. It is
rich in history and culture and has the potential to become a
major attractor for residents of China and tourists, whilst
retaining a relevance to the local population.
We have created a
heart - a large area of land requires a focus to generate a sense
of arrival. The environment should be inspiring and memorable. We
have transformed one of the valleys into a sheltered space enabling
year-round use; this is the 'body' of the dragon and acts as a
gateway to the DRAGON'S HEAD hotel. From here, there is a range of
ways to explore the land be that on foot, by horse or bicycle. Cars
are parked on the fringes of the site and visitors can walk or
take a cable car to the hotel.
The dragon's 'body'
will house sports activities including a swimming lake and
beach. There will be cultural entertainment and a variety of
'world' gardens. A number of routes can be taken to
navigate the landscape; the SILK ROAD, the YELLOW RIVER, the
GOD FROG and SUN & MOON Mountain are rooted in HE HUANG
cultural history and will encourage varied flora and