Taining Danxia Landform
As the representative of Danxia landform in the adolescent phase, Taining features three world wonders, “Danxia landform above water”, “Grand Canyon Park” and “Cave Museum”.
The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that ‘consists of red bed characterized by steep cliffs’. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform in Taining consists of two regions, Golden Lake in the south and Shaqingxi Stream in the north, with a total declared area of 235 square kilometers (91 sq. mi.), a core are of 111 square kilometers (43 sq. mi.) and a buffer area of 124 square kilometers (48 sq. mi.). It plays an irreplaceable role in China Danxia project for the most intensive network of valley, the most mature cliff caves, the most intact ancient planation surface, the richest cave culture and the most significant Danxia landform on water. It is the only display of gorge-style adolescent Danxia landform, located in China's subtropical zone and an indispensable section in the geomorphic evolution process of China’s Danxia landform. It has been praised as “where the story of China’s Danxia landform begins”.
The most intact ancient planation surface: For billion years, Taining has recorded the formation and development process of the West Pacific continental margin of the Mesozoic Era, and retained the complete and remarkable ancient planation surface, the structurally-controled mountain plain, the special netted valley land and red mountainous mass. What is more, here developed elaborate and intricate canyon complexes, which, together with the grand Danxi cliff, the unique incised meander and unique wonderful Danxia cavern group, form “the Taining style” landform.
The most intensive network of valley: there distribute some 70 line valleys, about 130 lane valleys and more than 220 gorges. They are arranged in a crisscross pattern by the nature and preserved primitively. The wonder, like a Grand Danxia Canyon Park, is rare among all China’s Danxia landforms.
The most mature cliff caves: Danxia caves in Taining have been developed for thousand years, with over 60 large single caves and over 100 niche-like caves. These tens of thousands of caves in different shapes and sizes constitute a unique Danxia micro-landscape. They win Taining the title of Danxia Cave Museum.
The richest cave culture: Danxia landform in Taining is integrated with traditional Chinese culture, like Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. It has become the model of harmonious coexistence between man and nature, with special Danxia cliff and temple culture, Danxia disciple culture, residence culture and cave funeral culture.
The most significant Danxia landform on water: Danxia landform ideally combines with lakes, streams, ponds and waterfalls. They form a rare wonder of Danxia on water at home and abroad.
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