Top 5 Beautiful Scenic Areas of Danxia Geomorphy in China

December 18,2008 Editor:Kerry Lee|

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Because of its rich tourism resources, China has got many “NO.1" scenic spots and the unique Danxia is an example. The Danxia geomorphy, which posed by the red gravel, are mainly distributed in China, the western United States, Australia and Central Europe and other places. But in China you will see the most beautiful ones among the former.
Danxia Mountain
Located in the northeast of Shaoguan city in Guangdong Province, Danxia Mountain is called "Red Stone Park of China". Because of the brilliant red color, the red stone group covering a total area of 282 square miles is called "Danxia Mountain", meaning "red rays of the sun" in Chinese word. Formed of the red sandy rock, Danxia Mountain area is characterized by the red steep cliffs with precipitous landform of even peak, sheer body and flat valleys. In geography, it is also the name place of "Danxia Landform", which refers to the sort of landform similar to the Danxia Mountain. Since 1988, Danxia Mountain has been successively appointed as National Scenic Spot, National Natural Protection Zone for Geology and Geomorphology in China.
Langshan Danxia
In the heart of Yuecheng Mountain,where Hunan and Guangxi meet, there is a long, narrow basin of red conglomerate and sandstone, which took shape if the early Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era, about 100 million years ago. Here, in the scenic area from Langshan Mountain. Langshan Mountain is thick with danxia peak forests-like ten thousand bamboo shoots soaring into the sky, or ten thousand horses charging; its outstanding feature is its many deep-cut narrow valleys; because the sandstone has a larger proportion of limestone and conglomerate, the karst features are quite clear.
Zhangye Danxia
"One of Top Seven Most Beautiful Danxia in China", ranked by China National Geography Magazine. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Zhangye City of Gansu Province: Palaces Created by nature. The Zhangye Danxia Landform is concentrated predominantly in Linze and Sunan counties in Gansu Province. They can be seen only in the arid areas of Gansu and Qinghai provinces. The Danxia formations are surrounded by colorful hills, which seem to rise and fall like waves; with rock strata of different colors mixed in graceful disarray; it is an imposing and magnificent sight.
Chishui Danxia
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. 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. As a result, the Danxia landscape combines red cliffs, solitary peaks, huge caves and rushing waterfalls, which contrast beautifully with one another.
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. Characterized deep incised gorges and many incised meanders, the Dajin Lake Danxia area has a wealth of different shapes. Fissured in all directions, the topography of the Dajin Lake has further undergone weathering and erosion by wind and water, giving rise to the red cliffs, square mountains, pointed peaks, stone pillars and walls, incised meanders and gorges that constitute the unique Danxia landscape. Threaded through by the meandering waters of the lake, the place is a rare phenomenon of ''Danxia on water''.

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