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The Most Beautiful Danxia Landforms in China

Friday, February 17th, 2012
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The Danxia landform is a geographic term which typically describe the unique landforms found in the southeast and southwest China. The Danxia landform features red-colored sandstones characterized by steep cliffs in a valley.
 
Danxia landform is different from Yadan landform which originates from Uyghur in Xinjiang which means “steep hills”, the landforms which have been formed by years of wind and water erosion. Danxia landform also sets itself from karst landform which consists of limestones and contains caves interconnecting networks. “Danxia” is named after Mount Danxia, one of the most beautiful Danxia landforms in China.
 
Till Jan 31, 2008, there are totally 790 Danxia landforms found in 26 provinces in China.
 
In the “China Beauty Selection” activity held in 2005 sponsored by “China National Geography” magazine, the seven most beautiful Danxia landforms were chosen, which are listed as below:
1. Mount Danxia (China Red Stone Park) in Guangdong Province
2. Mount Wuyi (World Cultural and Natural Heritage) in Fujian Province
3. Danxia Landscape in Taining County in Fujian Province
4. Mount Longhushan (cradle of Taoism) in Jiangxi Province
5  Mount Langshan in Hunan Province
6. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu Province
7. Chishui Danxia Landform in Guizhou Province
 
In 1999, Mount Wuyi entered UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, both natural and cultural.
 
In 2010, 6 Danxia landscapes in southern China, with a general name of “China Danxia”, were listed as a World Heritage Site. The six listed Danxia landform sites are: Mount Langshan, Mount Danxia, Taining,  Mount Longhu,  Mount Jianglang, and Mount Chishui.
 
The Danxia Landscape in Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province 福建武夷山
See my Wuyi Mountain Trip Report 

The Danxia Landscape in Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province

 
Danxia Landscape in Taining County in Fujian Province 福建泰宁 

Danxia Landscape in Taining County in Fujian Province

 
Mount Danxia (China Red Stone Park) in Guangdong Province 广东丹霞山 

Mount Danxia (China Red Stone Park) in Guangdong Province

 
Mount Longhushan (cradle of Taoism) in Jiangxi Province 江西龙虎山

Mount Longhushan (cradle of Taoism) in Jiangxi Province

 
Mount Langshan in Hunan Province 湖南崀山
 
Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu Province 甘肃张掖丹霞

Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu Province

 
Chishui Danxia Landform in Guizhou Province 贵州赤水

Chishui Danxia Landform in Guizhou Province

 
Mount Jianglangshan in Zhejiang Province 浙江江郎山

Mount Jianglangshan in Zhejiang Province