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|Site||Key Features & Description|
World's only karst landscape in the subtropical plateau area, enjoying the fame of ‘the First Wonder of the World’
The stone forests of Shilin are considered superlative natural phenomena and the world reference site for this type of feature. Major developments in the stone forests occurred over some 270 million years during four major geological time periods from the Permian to present, illustrating the episodic nature of the evolution of these karst features.
Contains a wider range of pinnacle shapes than other karst landscapes with pinnacles, and a higher diversity of shapes and colours that change with different weather and light conditions
Nagu Stone Forrest, representative scenic area in Shilin, characterized by typical karst terrain evolved from dolomite rocks; and, Suyishan Stone Forest arising from a lake.
Distinctive and beautiful landscape of cone and tower karsts, also considered the world reference site for these types of karst features.
Carbonate outcrops of different ages that erosive processes shaped over millions of years into impressive fengcong (cone) and fenglin (tower) karsts.
Full spectra of numerous tall karst peaks, deep dolines, sinking streams and long river caves, illustrating the geomorphological exchange and evolution between cone karsts and tower karsts.
Enlisted as one of the Ten Most Beautiful Forests of China.
Extremely rich biodiversity thanks to the favorable natural environment. Maolan Karst Forest Natural Conservation, a splendid karst ecosystem, and ideal habitat for thousands of rare and endangered animals.
The habitat for the various ethnic minority groups of Buyi, Shui, Miao, and Yi, who developed lifestyles that were compatible with karst environment.
The Maolan Karst Forest Natural Conservation is a splendid karst ecosystem featuring biodiversity. In the conservation area, the primeval subtropical karst forest is well preserved. The favorable natural environment makes this scenic area an ideal habitat for thousands of rare and endangered animals.
Spectacular karst features are of world class quality: giant deep limestone doline (several hundred meters deep), called Tiankeng, fissures, and exceptionally high natural stone arch bridges (up to 281m high) between which are long stretches of very deep unroofed caves systems.
Representative of high inland karst plateaus where Thick sequences of pure carbonate rocks have been subjected to tectonic uplift.
Classic sites of deep gorge karst, unique for their rich information about the long history of geological evolution kept in the Furong Cave, as well as the changes from peneplains on different altitudes above knickpoints to the deeply dissected gorge nearby
Wulong's landscapes contain evidence for the history of one of the world's great river systems, the Yangtze and its tributaries
Name and Size of World Heritage Sites
|Plants||Mammals||Birds||Reptiles and Amphibians||Fish|
|Mushroom-shaped karst feature, Shilin stone forest, Yunnan||Shilin stone forest, Yunnan|
|Stone forest arising from a lake, Shilin||Cone karsts, Libo|
|Tower karsts, Libo||The Molan National Nature Reserve in Libo, Guizhou, eleced one of top ten most beautiful forests in China.|
|Karst forest, Molan National Nature Reserve, Libo, Guizhou||Furong (Hibiscus) River, Wulong karst, Chongqing|
|Tiankeng (giant dolines) of Wulong karst landform are of world-class quality.||Yuanyang Lake, Libo, Guizhou|
|Stalactites hanging in Furong Cave, Wulong karst landform||Natural bridge, Wulong karst landform|
|Natural bridge, Wulong karst landform||Sword-shaped stone forest, Shilin karst|
|Syrmaticus ellioti, listed as vulnerable in China Red List, under state protection|| Trachypithecus francois, or black monkey, rare and precious, under first-class state protection|
|Tetrathyrium subcordatum|| Hipposideros armiger, bats found in the karst caves|
|Manis pentadactyla, under state protection||Macaca mulatta, under state protection|