China opens 1st research station in Arctic
China's first scientific research station in the Arctic area, the Yellow River Station located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, officially opened on Wednesday.

This undated photo shows the bird's eye view of the Arctic research base on the Svalbard Island of Norway, where China's first Arctic scientific research station, Yellow River Station opened on July 28, 2004.

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The station is a two-storied building with a total area of 500 square meters. It consists of laboratories, offices, reading rooms, storerooms, and dorms that can accommodate 20 to 25 people. At the top of the building is an observatory.
Chinese scientists at China's first scientific research station in the Arctic have a group photo taken.
A dock near China's scientific research station in the Arctic, located on Norwegian island of Spitsbergen

China opens 1st research station in Arctic area  

BEIJING, July 28(Xinhuanet)-- China's first scientific research station in the Arctic area, the Yellow River Station located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, officially opened on Wednesday.

In a letter, Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China(CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, extended congratulations on the opening of the station and greetings to China's polar research scientists on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.

Hu said in the letter that scientific research in the polar areas is a great cause that would benefit both the current generation and the generations to come.

With the assiduous efforts made by China's polar research scientists, the country's polar research will surely be able to make new and greater contributions to the lofty cause of peace and development of humankind.

A team of 11 Chinese scientists had left for the Yellow River Station on July 20 to do research for more than a month.

Over the past 20-plus years, China has successfully organized 20 Antarctic expeditions and two Arctic expeditions. Besides the newly opened Arctic station, China has two scientific research stations in the Antarctic area.

"The three stations have not only provided a crucial platform for China's polar scientific research, but also opened important windows for scientific exchanges with other countries," Hu said in his letter.

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