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Xiangjiang Gate International Design Competition

You haven’t visited Hengyang, China? You’re forgiven, with a population of just over 1 million it is not even in the top 50 cities by population in China. Located in the Hunan province it straddles the Xiang River and is home to the confluence of the Xiang, Zheng and Lishui rivers.

What you were perhaps unaware of was that right now the Xiangjiang Gate International Design Competition is going on. This competition, set to bring a monument to the confluence of these rivers, offers a reason for you to find your way to Hengyang and undoubtedly city and provincial officials believe it will bring a rise to tourism similar to the design competition that took place in St. Louis in 1947. That’s right that little design competition that brought us Eero Saarinen and the Gateway Arch. That grand tourist attraction that has seen well over 100 million visitors since it opened in 1965 and was just redone and reopened in 2018. Similar in interest, Hengyang undoubtedly expects tourists from near and far to come visit the new symbol of their city.

With our experience in tourism and with the Gateway Arch renovations that were recently completed we’ve been asked to come be a part of the competition as a judge and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share our experience and interest in this new project. I leave tomorrow for the competition, so stay tuned for more information on the competition winner, timelines and when you can visit this new icon.