With a 400-million-yuan ($61 million) budget, the project is part of the country’s preparation for its Mars exploration plans set in 2020.
The so-called “Mars Village,” consisting of a simulation base and an ecotourism site, will be built in Qinghai Province, northwestern China.
, the village will be constructed on what has been dubbed as “the most Martian” place on Earth — in the red rock area of the Qaidam basin in western Qinghai.
It will feature a “Mars community,” which will function as a theme park, and a “Mars campsite,” which will be equipped with living accommodations for those who want to experience life on the red planet.
Liu said that the base will be a one-stop site for studying aerospace, astronomy, geography and new energy.