Dazhou Island

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Dazhou Island
Dazhou Island - map 01.jpg
Geography
Country
China
Province Hainan

Dazhou Island (commonly known as Grand Island) is a state-level nature reserve located about 5 km off the coast of Wanning, Hainan, China. This protected area covers 4.36 square kilometres, and comprises three mountains spanning two islands. These mountains, the tallest of which is 289 metres above sea level, have been used as navigational markers by mariners since the Tang Dynasty.[1]

Dazhou Island
Simplified Chinese 大洲岛
Traditional Chinese 大洲島

Geography[edit]

The islands are composed of mainly rain forests and rocky terrain.

Wildlife[edit]

This group of two islands is home to more than one hundred individual flocks of swifts. These swifts, the only colonies in China, nest in caves. The nests are gathered for bird's nest soup.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gwinnell, Philip; Han, Bin (December 2010). Hainan, China's Emerging Jewel - The Definitive Guide. Nanfang Publishing House (南方出版社). ISBN 978-7-5501-0016-9.  p249
  2. ^ Gwinnell, Philip; Han, Bin (December 2010). Hainan, China's Emerging Jewel - The Definitive Guide. Nanfang Publishing House (南方出版社). ISBN 978-7-5501-0016-9.  p249

Coordinates: 18°40′31″N 110°28′51″E / 18.675357°N 110.480881°E / 18.675357; 110.480881