A Chinese version of the Eden Project is set to open after bosses signed a deal to create its first big building venture overseas.
The UK-based charity is teaming up with the leading developer China Jinmao Holdings Ltd to design and develop a £100 million iconic tourism education project in the major city of Qingdao, on the east coast of the country.
Both will sign a contract in Bejing on Sunday after Eden's Executive Vice Chairman and Co-founder Sir Tim Smit, and Executive Director David Harland, have worked over the past 14 months for the historic deal.
Announcing the China Eden agreement, Sir Tim said it will be by far the biggest development for the Eden Project since it fully opened in a former clay pit in Cornwall in 2001.
Qingdao is a coastal city of nearly nine million people in Shandong Province, halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. The city is backed by mountains and surrounded on three sides by the Yellow Sea. It is famous for hosting the 2008 Olympic sailing races, for having the largest bathing beach in Asia and for its most famous export, Tsingtao Beer. Qingdao already has annual tourism of 63 million visitors, many of whom are Korean and Japanese.