Wulong Karst

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The Wulong Karst (Chinese: 武隆喀斯特) is a karst landscape located within the borders of Wulong County, Chongqing Municipality, People's Republic of China. It is divided into three areas containing the Three Natural Bridges, the Qingkou Tiankeng (箐口天坑) and Furong Cave respectively. It is a part of the Wulong Karst National Geology Park as well as part of the South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[1] 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Wulong County town, the area lies on the border of Baiguo (白果乡) and Yuhetao (与核桃乡) villages.

Scenic areas[edit]

Three Natural Bridges[edit]

The Three Natural Bridges
Main article: Three Natural Bridges

The Three Natural Bridges (simplified Chinese: 天生三桥; traditional Chinese: 天生三橋; pinyin: Tiānshēng Sān Qiáo), a series of natural limestone bridges located in Xiannushan Town (仙女山镇), Wulong County,[2] are the nucleus of a 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi) conservation area which includes the following features:

  • Tianglong (天龙桥) Qinglong (青龙桥) and Heilong (黑龙桥) limestone bridges;
  • Qinglong Tiankeng (青龙天坑);
  • Shenying Tiankeng (神鹰天坑);
  • Yangshui River Karst Canyon (羊水河喀斯特峡谷);
  • Longshui Gorge (龙水峡地缝);
  • Central Shiyuan Tiankeng (中石院天坑);
  • Lower Shiyuan Tiankeng (下石院天坑);
  • Seventy-two Branch Cave (七十二岔洞);
  • Longquan Cave (龙泉洞);
  • Immortal Cave (仙人洞);
  • Hidden Monkey Stream (猴子坨伏流);
  • Hidden Baiguo Stream (白果伏流).

Qingkou Tiankeng Scenic Area[edit]

The Qingkou Tiankeng Scenic Area (simplified Chinese: 箐口天坑景区; traditional Chinese: 箐口天坑景區) is located around Houping Village (后坪乡), Wulong County[3] and includes:

  • Qingkou Tiankeng (箐口天坑);
  • Niubidong Tiankeng (牛鼻洞天坑)
  • Daluodang Tiankeng (打锣凼天坑)
  • Tianpingmiao Tiankeng (天平庙天坑)
  • The five Shiwangdong ((石王洞天坑)) tiankengs and nearby caves. This is the only currently known sinkhole cluster in the world formed by surface water erosion.[citation needed]

Furong Cave[edit]

Main article: Furong Cave

Furong Cave (Chinese: 芙蓉洞) is located in Jiangkou Town (江口镇), Wulong County some 20 km (12 mi) from the county town.[4] The cave is 2,846 m (9,337 ft) long and features numerous vertical shafts running through the limestone. Stalactites and other sedimentary features abound throughout the Furong Cave.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twenty-two new sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and one deleted during Committee meeting in Christchurch". UNESCO World Heritage Convention. June 29, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Three Natural Bridges (天生三桥)" (in Chinese). Xinhua. July 25, 2008. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chongqing Wulong County National Geology Park (重庆武隆国家地质公园)" (in Chinese). Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Furong Cave (芙蓉洞)" (in Chinese). Xinhua. October 12, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 

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