Danxia, China

China Danxia is a general name for several Danxia landforms in southern China which are currently part of a World Heritage Site. The inscribed areas have a total surface of 65446 ha, consisting in an unique type of geomorphology.

A Danxia landform is made up of two red colored sandstones and conglomerates (said to belong to the Cretaceous age), characterized by a range of erosional landforms and spectacular red cliff-like appearance. They form unique sights that include dramatic natural pillars, ravines, valleys, towers and waterfalls.


The six provinces with Danxia landforms in China are: Mount Langshan and Mount Wanfoshan (Hunan Province), Mount Danxia (Guangdong Province), Taining and Guanzhishan (Fujian Province), Mount Longhushan and Guifeng (Jiangxi Province), Fangyan, Mount Jianglangshan (Zhejiang Province), and Mount Chishui (Guizhou Province).

These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.” -UNESCO. “Danxia” borrows its name from Mount Danxia, a famous area near Shaoguan city in the northern part of Guangdong. This is also home to Buddhist temples and the starting point for many scenic walks. A river winding through the mountains is a calling for anyone willing to go on a boat ride.

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