[photopress:hotel_chonqing.JPG,full,alignright]According to the official Xinhua news agency China is to create a tourist resort in a giant cave used by the former Nationalist government as a secret aircraft factory during World War Two.
The Haikong cave, in mountains near the southwestern city and wartime capital of Chongqing, will cost about RM500 million ($68 million) to develop.
The report said that the cave is ‘an ideal place for conferences and leisure travel.’
‘The enshrouded cave is 50 meters (164 ft) high and as spacious as a giant conference hall. The tourist bureau said that the manufacturing plant could be developed into a loft art workshop.’
There is no suggestion that tourists will be entertained by recordings of anti-aircraft fire or sirens. All will be peaceful and serene. And, no, the picture is not where the cave stands. But it is Chongqing and gives you and idea of the rustic appeal of parts of the city.