1. Zhucheng Dinosaur National Geopark
Zhucheng Cretaceous Dinosaur Geopark is located in Kugou Village, Longdu Street, 10 km away from downtown and has been listed as a national geological park. It has the dinosaur fossil gallery, fossil upwarping zone and other highly representative largest dinosaur fossils in the world, and thus has been named “Dinosaur Assembly World” by dinosaur experts vividly and “Unparalleled World Geological Wonders” by the experts of the Executive Board of the UNESCO World Geopark. The main stadium is invested in more than 400 million yuan in total and has a construction area of over 70,000 m2. Relying on the geological sites and natural landforms, abstract dinosaur elements are combined and cover the fossil gallery and fossil upwarping zone. There are mainly seven halls, three museums and one tunnel inside, namely, Preface Hall (Earth Hall), Fossil Hall, Hadrosaur Hall, Tyrannosaurus Hall, Ceratopsian Hall, Ankylosaurus Hall and Dinosaur Egg Hall; as well as the Dynamic Film and TV Museum, Interactive Experience Museum and World Dinosaur Museum; and the Mesozoic Space-Time Tunnel, which means to explore the Chinese dinosaur back to the Cretaceous period. Recovery of environment in the ancient times, reappearance of sound, light and electricity, cultural and art performance and other means are adopted to fully display the shock of the geological sites and vividly reveal the wonder of dinosaurs’ survival, reproduction and extinction.
2. Zhucheng China Tyrannosaurus Museum
Zhucheng China Tyrannosaurus Museum, located in Zangjiazhuang, Longdu Street, Zhucheng and 6 km away from the downtown, got its name because Asia’s largest and China’s only tyrannosaurus – Giant Zhucheng Tyrannosaurus was unearthed here. It is currently China’s largest Tyrannosaurus relic and ruins museum and a comprehensive scenic spot with the theme of dinosaur culture integrating scientific research and population, sightseeing and experience, entertainment and leisure and has been named “Dinosaur Fighting World” by dinosaur experts. Zhucheng China Tyrannosaurus Museum was planned and built according to the pattern that dinosaur fossils are buried, with an area of 30,000 m2 and a construction area of 3,200 m2. The museum looks like an eggshell, meaning new discovery, new beginning and new harvest. The museum is divided into four functional areas, namely, Former Fossil Address Display Area, Fossil Skeleton Display Area, Time-space Tunnel Display Area and Science Population & Leisure and Entertainment Area. By using the high sound, light, electricity, film and TV, as well as image technologies, the “Two Great Wonders and Three Dinosaur Kings” and the grand scene of a group of dinosaurs strived for hegemony in the late Cretaceous Period are restored. Two Wonders refer to the shocking seven-layer fossil stacking area, and complete sites and relics of tyrannosaurus, ceratopsian and hadrosaur wrestled and fought. Three Dinosaur Kings are Asia’s largest and China’s only tyrannosaurus skeleton fossils, the world’s largest and most complete ankylosaurus skeleton fossils, and the first large centrosaurus nuchal scute discovered outside North America. On August 29, 2010, “China Dinosaur Investigation” column of the CCTV gave a three-hour live broadcast here.
3. Zhucheng Dinosaur Museum
Zhucheng Dinosaur Museum, located in the scenic dinosaur park, an AAAA-grade national tourist attraction, is the largest dinosaur museum in North China integrating the collection, display and research of dinosaurs and other palaeobios. The museum contains many exhibition halls, including the Hadrosaur Exhibition Hall, Wonderful Dinosaur Bone Hall, Zhucheng Dinosaur Exploration Results Hall, Precious Paleobios Exhibition Hall, Circular-screen Movie Hall and Simulation Hall. Through restoring the living environment of Zhucheng dinosaurs in the Mesozoic and Cretaceous Period, the exhibition halls restore and reproduce the whole process of the growth and extinction of dinosaurs in Zhucheng region. Here is named “Dinosaur Ecological World” by experts vividly and is a scientific hall for the young to cognize dinosaurs, love the dinosaur city and learn more scientific knowledge. The museum collects the latest new genus of dinosaur fossil skeleton and fossils of other precious palaeobios discovered in Zhucheng. The world’s largest hadrosaur skeleton fossil – “Giant Zhucheng Dinosaur” (9.1 m high and 16.6 m long) in the Guinness World Records is honored as “The World’ First Dinosaur” by both Chinese and foreign experts. In addition, skeletons and skeleton fossils of the world’s largest “Giant Zhucheng Tyrannosaurus”, the most primitive “Zhucheng China Ceratops”, egg fossils and other representative dinosaur fossils are also displayed here. The giant dinosaur thighbone fossils collected in the Wonderful Dinosaur Bone Hall are known as “China’s First Wonderful Bone”. It has been a saying spread in the folk --“Have a look at the giant dinosaur, all wishes will come true; touch the dinosaur bone, you will enjoy good health and happiness”. Zhucheng Dinosaur Museum has received over 30 national leaders successfully, a number of celebrities and millions of foreign and Chinese tourists. It has become an important window showing Zhucheng dinosaur culture and a must tourist attraction in a dinosaur tour in Zhucheng.
4. Huanglonggou Dinosaur Footprints
Huanglonggou Dinosaur Footprints is located in Dashan Community, Huanghua Town, Zhucheng, with an exposed area of over 5,000 m2. More than 11,000 different shapes, sizes and thickness of dinosaur footprints spread in the rocks. According to some experts, at least ten or more kinds of dinosaurs, including the ornithopod, theropod and sauropod dinosaurs had left their footprints here, making here as if a “Large Dinosaur Dancing Floor”. Smaller ornithopod dinosaur footprint is only about 7 cm long; theropod dinosaur footprint is about 40cm long and diameter of the largest sauropod dinosaur footprint reaches 80 cm. Huanglonggou Dinosaur Footprints are rare geological wonders in the world and currently the world’s largest dinosaur footprints and known as “Dinosaur Dance World” by both the Chinese and foreign dinosaur experts.In 2010, the most authoritative international dinosaur footprint expert and professor of the University of Colorado, Martin Lockley studied carefully and named the theropod dinosaur footprints found here “Oriental Strong Lily” and this was the new footprint genera found for the first time in the world. Its finding suggests that a large number of two kinds of different medium-sized theropod dinosaurs could live in the same environment in Huanglonggou region. Huanglonggou Dinosaur Footprints is located in Huanglonggou, Dashan Community, Huanghua Town, with a total planned investment of 40 million yuan, an area of 80 mu and a construction area of 6,000 m2. Through restoring the environment of the ancient times, adopting sound, light and electricity technologies, cultural and art performance and many other ways, Huanglonggou Dinosaur Footprints displays the world’s largest dinosaur footprint to people.