China's Danxia Landform included on World Heritage List

Updated: August 8, 2010 | Clicks: 15170

China's unique Danxia landform was recognized as a natural world heritage by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, during its 34th meeting in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on August 1, 2010.

"Danxia Landform of China" is the general name of a serial nomination for World Natural Heritage. Danxia Landform is the name given in China to define landscapes that were developed under endogenous and exogenous forces on red sedimentary beds. They are characterized by steep red cliffs, cave formations and erosional landforms. The rugged landscapes are rich in forests, flora and fauna species, including about 400 being considered rare or threatened.

The inscribed site consists of six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are geographically and geologically related, and collectively they are of precious value of Danxia geomorphology in humid Southeast China. The six Danxia landform areas are: Lang Mountain (崀山) in Hunan Province, Mt. Danxia (丹霞山) in Guangdong Province, Taining (泰宁) in Fujian Province, Mt. Longhu (龙虎山) in Jiangxi Province, Chishui (赤水) in Guizhou Province, and Mt. Jianglang (江郎山) in Zhejiang Province.

The addition pushed the total number of China's world heritage sites to 40, including 29 cultural, 7 natural and 4 cultural and natural heritage sites. China's 39th world heritage site was Shaolin Temple, which was enlisted earlier during the same meeting.

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