Wednesday, February 26, 2014

China Danxia - CHINA - UNESCO #1335

The second card I've got today came from China, but my first thought when I took it from my mailbox was "Great, a postcard from Mars!"... These peculiar sharp red rock formations located allover south-west China are something I never saw (incredibly, a quick search tell me that are places with similar topography in Central Europe) and I can only guess how astonishing beautiful must be walking on those hills. Thank you very much Luo for this amazing card, my 313th UNESCO WHS, 668 more and I'm done. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1335 - Chinese Danxia landform - CHINA
China Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.

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