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1. Shilin Geological Park (Stone Forest) in Yunnan (????????)

As 'One of the World's Natural Wonders', Stone Forest features natural karst stone formations that resemble a forest; some are elegant, some are rugged and each has distinguishing characteristics that make each seem lifelike. The tall rocks jut from the ground much like stalagmites or even like trees of stone, creating the illusion of a forest made of stone.

 

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1. Shilin Geological Park (Stone Forest) in Yunnan (云南石林地质公园)

As 'One of the World's Natural Wonders', Stone Forest features natural karst stone formations that resemble a forest; some are elegant, some are rugged and each has distinguishing characteristics that make each seem lifelike. The tall rocks jut from the ground much like stalagmites or even like trees of stone, creating the illusion of a forest made of stone.

 

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2. Wudalianchi Geological Park in Heilongjiang (五大连池)

Located in Heilongjiang Province, Wudalianchi Geological Park covers an area of 1,060 square kilometers and features extensive volcanic geologic landforms. With its vast array of common and typical volcanic landforms, Wudalianshan hold the reputation of being a "National Volcanic Museum" and an "Open Textbook on Volcanoes."

 

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3. Yandang Mountain World Geological Park in Zhejiang (雁荡山地质公园). Located in Yueqing City, Zhejiang Province, Yandang Mountain is 300 km away from Hangzhou, 70 km away from Wenzhou and covers roughly 295 square kilometers of terrain. Yandang Mountain is famous for its screen-like peaks, caves and waterfalls. It is a mountainous natural resort on the seaside and known as "emperor of mountains" and a "marvelous beauty of the world".

 

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4. Mount Danxia Geological Park in Guangdong (丹霞山世界地质公园). Mount Danxia is a famous scenic area located in the northeastern suburbs of Shaoguan City, Guangdong Province, covering a total area of 319 sq km.This geopark is composed of several Scenic Spot Areas including Danxia, Shaoshi, Bazhai, Aizhai and Jinjiang Long Corridor. The tourist areas of Elder Peak, Yangyuanshi (Male Stone) and Xianglong Lake in the Danxia Scenic Spot Area are open to the public.

 

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5. Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan (云台山地质公园). Situated in Xiuwu County, Henan Province, Yuntai Mountain is a

first-rate world geologic park. Covered with lush original forests, Yuntai Mountain has several deep valleys and ponds, myriads of waterfalls and springs, picturesque perilous cliffs and peaks. These elements compose the stunning scenery of Yuntaishan. Yuntai Mountain is famous for its fantastically misshapen hills that fan out as far as the eye can see.

 

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6. Xingwen Stone Forest Geological Park in Sichuan (兴文石海世界地质公园). Xingwen Karst Geopark is located in Xingwen County, Yibin City, Sichuan Province, where it is a transitional zone between the Sichuan Basin and the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. This geopark is a natural museum for studying karst formations, including the development and evolution of karst landforms; it’s just like an encyclopedia of karst geology.

 

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7. Wulingyuan Geological Park in Hunan (武陵源地质公园). Located in Zhangjiajie City, about 270km away from the provincial capital of Changsha, in Hunan Province, this geopark is famous for its numerous quartzite sandstone pillars. Some of the over 3,100 pillars in this

karst formation reach for the sky at over 800 meters tall. Inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1992, Wulingyuan forms part of the Wuling Range.

 

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8. Cuihua Mountain Geological Park in Shaanxi (翠华山地质公园). Located some 20 kilometers away from Xi'an, is park of the Qin Mountain Range. Formed of an array of metamorphic rocks from the Middle Geological Epoch,

Cuihua Mountain can be divided into two areas, the Landslide area and the Developed area. The former covers about 5 square kilometers of 300 million collapsed rocks. The latter is made up of three parts; surviving peaks and cliffs, a stone sea and a lake formed from the landslide.

 

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9. Funiu Mountain World Geological Park in Henan (伏牛山世界地质公园). Located in Nanyang of Henan province, Mt. Funiushan World Geopark is a comprehensive geopark, which is of the continental orogenic belt type, consisting of a National Geopark, a World Biosphere Reserve, a National Nature Reserve, a National-Level Nature Reserve for Dinosaur Egg Fossils and a National Mine Park.

 

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10. Tengchong Volcanic Geological Park in Yunnan (腾冲火山国家地质公园). Located in Tengchong County of Yunnan Province, Tengchong's main points are the Thermal Sea Scenic Area and the Volcano Park Scenic Area. With plenty of landscapes, the popular views are of Dakongshan, Xiaokongshan and Heikongshan.

 

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