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China's Ten Most Beautiful Danxia Landscapes

Criterion of China's Ten Most Beautiful Danxia Landscapes
* Danxia Landscape featured in the causes formation and ages and geo-morphological characteristics;
* Aesthetic enjoyment in the resulting landscape patterns, lines, color, type, and combined with the surrounding landscape;
* Harmony with the natural landscape and cultural sight, and higher cultural values;
* Totally well-preserved natural shape, without destructive exploitation.

 

1: Sanlongsha
Situated in the east of the Aqqik Valley, Sanlongsha (Three Sandy Ridges) is part of the Yadan landforms of Lop Nur, and they cover about 100 sq km. Under the noonday sun, Sanlongsha looks like a group of millstones or a huge sparkling glossy ganoderma. The sand dunes of the Yadan landform of Sanlongsha are evenly arranged, like a fleet of ships sailing in formation.

Sanlongsha

 

2: Bailongdui
The Yadan landform of Bailongdui (White Dragon Dunes) is located in the north Qarkilil County, to the northeast of Lop Nur. Covering an area of 1,000 sq km, it is most difficult to reach among all the Yadan landforms. Without a guide, no one would be able to find his way out of this labyrinth. No one knows why these giant white dragons have gathered here.

 

3: Wind City
The Wind City, neighboring the Halahlat Mountain, is located in the Urho area, over 100 km northeast of Karamay City and covers an area of about 30 square kilometers. The native Mongolian people call it ¡±Sulumuhak¡±, while the local Kazakh people name it ¡±Shytirkrsi¡±, and both the two names have the same meaning - Ghost Castle.

Wind City

 

4: Longhu Mountain
Situated in Yingtan, Jiangxi Province, Longhu Mountain has a Danxia area of 80 square kilometers, and is one of the most evolved Danxia landform areas in China. Geologically it is a Mesozoic fault basin, in which thick strata of purplish-red conglomerate, sandstone and volcanic rock were formed. Subsequent scouring and weathering ultimately shaped the landscape here into what it is today, a wealth of flat-top summits, bog back mountains, stockades, walls, ridges, cliffs, honeycomb caves, upright caves, rock pillars, rock peaks, peak forests, natural bridges, rock arches and ¡±elephant trunks¡±

Longhu Mountain

 

5: Danxia Mountain
Danxia Mountain located in Renhua County, Guangdong Province, with its walls and tiers of red rocks and cliffs, like Danxia (red rays of the sun), from which its name derives, has been compared to a ruby sculpture park. It is known as ¡±China's Red Stone Park¡±.

Danxia Mountain, Guangdong

 

6: Wuyi Mountain
The peerless scenery of Wuyi Mountain in the north of Fujian Province combined the strange shapes of Huangshan Mountains, the elegance of Guilin, the grandeur of Mount Tai, the steepness of Huashan, and the beauty of Hangzhou's West Lake. Covering an area of 70 square kilometers (54.4 of which are Danxia topography), the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area has an average elevation of 350 meters, boasts 36 extraordinary peaks and is circled by the beautiful 9.5 kilometer long Jiuqu (Nine Zigzag) Stream.

Wuyi Mountain, Fujian

7: Dajin Lake
The Dajin Lake covers an area of 461.8 square kilometers, 166.9 of which are Danxia
topography. There are four Danxia scenic spots here. Going from northeast to southwest they are: Shangqing Stream, Jinhu Lake, Dragon King Cave and Eight Immortals Cliff. The Jinhu Lake and Shangqing Stream are China's largest Danxia landforms on water.

Dajin Lake

 

8: Zhangye Danxia Landform
The Zhangye Danxia Landform is concentrated predominantly in Linze and Sunan counties in Gansu Province. It is both the largest and the most typical of China's arid area Danxia landform.
Danxia landforms in Kangle Township, Sunan Uygur Autonomous County, are the best evolved examples in China of window lattice and palace forms.

Zhangye Danxia Landform

 

9: Langshan Mountain
In the heart of Yuecheng Mountain, where Hunan and Guangxi meet, there is a long, narrow basin of red conglomerate and sand stone, which tool shape in the early Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era, about 100 million years ago. Here, in the scenic area from Langshan Mountain, where Zijiang River (a tributary of the Yangtze River) originates, to Bajiaozhai, you can find the Danxia landform, which straddles Xinning County in Hunan, where it covers an area of 77.5 square kilometers and Ziyuan County in Guangxi, where it covers an area of 125 square kilometers.

Langshan Mountain

 

10: Chishui Danxia landform
The formation of the Danxia landform can be dated back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods about 100 million years ago. It covers an area of over 1,000 square kilometers. The collapsing and weathering of a thick layer of red quartzose formed the area's unique landscape, including amazing valleys, sheer precipices and rushing waterfalls. Formed of sandstone, the Chishui Danxia landform is situated where the Sichuan Basin meets the Northern Guizhou Plateau, an area of humid weather and dense vegetation.

Chishui Danxia landform

 
 
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