MBL is building a new International Library in Yangshuo, China

MBL is building a new International Library in Yangshuo, China

MBL 2020 UNTWO Yangshuo Centre Books for Kids (B4K) Report

Principal Investigators (PI): Red and Xinran (MBL volunteers)

Location: Yulong River Scenic District, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Time: December 2019 – January 2020

 

Why establish the Mothers’ Bridge of Love International Library here?

 

By 2020, the United Nations Survey has established eight observation stations in China: Guilin (Yangshuo), Huangshan (Huangshan Scenic Spot Observation Station and Xidihongcun Observation Station), Zhangjiajie, Kanas, Chengdu, Henan Province (Luoyang observation station, Jiaozuo Observation Station), Xishuangbanna and Changshu.

Yangshuo is not only the first tourism sustainable development observation station established by the World Tourism Organization in China, but also the first of such stations in the world. It has been 15 years since the monitoring of sustainable tourism development started in Yangshuo in 2005. The School of Tourism of Sun Yat-sen University now manages this station, located in the famous Yulong River Scenic Area (Shi Li Hua Lang, so called Ten-mile Gallery). Each year, visitors and scholars from various countries come here, often with their families, for their research and writing projects.

Currently, there is only one state library in Yangshuo County, which was established in 1945 and relocated to No. 8 Furong Road in 2007. It’s far from the Yulong River Scenic Area, where there’s no library. Local families and hotels lack Chinese and foreign language books, as well as children’s books. This limits the communication between China and foreign countries.

With its international network and resources, the Mothers’ Bridge of Love International Library can provide books in different languages to help UN TWO YSC improve international cultural communication. It can also serve as a cultural activity space for children in a scenic area and as a base for international families who have adopted Chinese children to seek their roots in China.

 

UNWTO YSC Details, MBL YSC 国际图书馆计划

 

图书馆名称 Library Name

联合国旅游探测阳朔中心 母爱桥国际图书馆

UN WTO SYC MBL LIBRARY

 

图书馆地址 Library Address

广西桂林阳朔县高田镇

联合国世界旅游组织, 阳朔观测点, 邮编 541900

UN TWO Yangshuo Centre

Gaotian, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi

PR China 541900

 

图书馆联系人 Library contact

马骏经理 Mr MA Jun, (Centre manager)

0086 13557272493

 

读者 Readers

当地村民家庭及来自世界各地的访客学者

The local people and the visitors from the world

 

图书馆面积及设施 Library equipments

已经备有/existing facilities: 室内 Indoor 大约 80-100 square meters; 10 个桌台 tables; 50-80 把椅子 Chairs

室外约/outdoor 100 square meters; (3-5)X4 coffee tables with 20 seats

需要支持/still need: 相应数量的书架/bookshelves

 

当地概况图片 The local pictures

Please see included photos

 

捐赠计划 Donation plan

2020: 中外多语种书籍 300, 其中 110 本已于一月送达。

儿童纸质手工品及文具 30 ,相应数量的书架

300 books in varied languages, 110 of them have been delivered.

30 sets of stationary and crafts materials

 

Background

Yangshuo: located in the northeast of Guangxi; under the jurisdiction of Guilin City; ranked the most beautiful counties in China in 2014.  It is 65 kilometers away from the urban area of Guilin. The unique and beautiful scenery has a great reputation, described as “the most beautiful in Guilin” (from Wumai’s poem ‘Guilin Landscape’). The county, with its over 1,400 years of history, was founded in 590 AD during the Sui Dynasty. It has a total area of 1,428 square kilometers, 20,000 hectares of arable land, and a population of 300,000 people with 11 ethnic groups including Han, Zhuang, Yao, and Hui in 6 towns and 3 townships.

UNWTO: Headquartered in Madrid, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is the leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability, and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism knowledge. It encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximize the contribution of tourism to socio-economic development, while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) geared towards eliminating poverty and fostering sustainable development and peace worldwide. UNWTO’s membership includes 158 countries, 6 territories and over 500 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

School of Tourism, Sun Yat-sen University: The School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University, is a well-known institution for tourism education and research. Established in November 2004, the School is among the first to grant doctoral degrees in Tourism Management and MTA degrees. It has strong teaching and research capabilities, and has far-reaching influence across China.