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Forest Park to Be Built at Great Wall

(BEIJING) An international friendship forest will be built at the Badaling section of the world famous Great Wall in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing.

The world's third largest oil giant, Phillips Petroleum Company,announced here Thursday that it will invest some 600,000 U.S. dollars to launch the project, a joint venture between the Badaling Special Zone Administration, the U.S.-China Environmental Fund and Phillips China Inc.

The 20-hectare project, or a park aimed to tell visitors about the past and present of Badaling, will be opened to visitors in October next year. Chinese and American experts will jointly conduct the planning and designing of the project.

Jim Mulva, chief executive officer of Phillips Petroleum, said,"This unique park will be a model for how to preserve and promote understanding of China's culture, history and traditions. Visitors can appreciate the beauty of the Great Wall, as well as develop feelings for its long history and culture."

President of Phillips China Inc. Roy Lyons said the forest is strategically located to become a buffer zone between the tourist and business zones of Badaling, thus helping to balance economic development and environmental protection.

Phillips Petroleum has been operating in China for more than 30 years.

-- source: xinhuanet

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