Canyon renews ties with Chinese sister park
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A renewal signing ceremony took place on Nov. 1 celebrating five years of successful partnership between Yuntaishan World Geopark in the Henan Province of China and Grand Canyon National Park.
The purpose of the sister park relationship is to promote international cooperation and understanding for the mutual benefit of both parks through personnel exchanges, technical assistance and training.
The sister park relationship has helped Grand Canyon National Park to better serve the 40,000 Chinese visitors each year who visit Grand Canyon.
Yuntaishan World Geopark and Grand Canyon National Park are similar in several ways. Both parks have rivers that cut through geological layers, forming deep canyons and gorges. Both parks have significant cultural resources with evidence of human presence dating back thousands of years, and both parks receive more than four million visitors annually.