Sensitive Land Restoration

Special Awards are discretionary and are selected by the adjudication panel from amongst the category Award Winners and can vary from year to year.

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Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute - special AWard WINNER 2017


The Chaka Salt Lake, 3,000m above sea level and 200 miles from Xining City, is also known as the “Mirror of the Sky” in China. A deserted salt refinery has been transformed into a popular scenic spot. Recognising the need to protect the area’s delicate ecosystem, the tourist meeting and activity area was placed 700m away from the lake, ensuring that the lake itself was protected. After renovation, the area became the most popular scenic spot in Qinghai, visited by more than 1.7 million tourists from June to October in 2016 and generating an income of more than US $13m.