Wulingyuan

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
The sandstone pillars of Wulingyuan extend hundreds of meters over the valley floor.
Type Natural
Criteria vii
Reference 640
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1992 (16th Session)

Wulingyuan (Chinese: 武陵源; pinyin: Wǔlíng Yuán) Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hunan Province, China designated in 1992.[1] It's noted for more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site, many over 200 metres (660 ft) in height, along with many ravines and gorges with attractive streams, pools and waterfalls.[1] It features 40 caves, many with large calcite deposits, and two natural bridges, Xianrenqiao (Bridge of the Immortals) and Tianqiashengkong (Bridge Across the Sky).[1]

The site is situated between 29°16′0″N 110°22′0″E / 29.26667°N 110.36667°E / 29.26667; 110.36667 and 29°24′0″N 110°41′0″E / 29.40000°N 110.68333°E / 29.40000; 110.68333 in the Zhangjiajie City and lies about 270 kilometres (170 mi) to the northwest of Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Wulingyuan forms part of the Wuling Mountain Range. The scenic area comprises several national parks, one of which is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Panorama of the Five Fingers Peak of Huangshizhai

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area". Unesco World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 29°20′0″N 110°31′30″E / 29.33333°N 110.52500°E / 29.33333; 110.52500