Mount Sanqing

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Sanqingshan National Geopark
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A map showing the location of the park
A map showing the location of the park
LocationJiangxi, China
Nearest cityShangrao
Coordinates28°54′57″N 118°3′52″E / 28.91583°N 118.06444°E / 28.91583; 118.06444Coordinates: 28°54′57″N 118°3′52″E / 28.91583°N 118.06444°E / 28.91583; 118.06444
Area229.5 km²
Established2005
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameMount Sanqingshan National Park
CriteriaNatural: (vii)
Reference1292
Inscription2008 (32nd Session)
Area22,950 ha (56,700 acres)
Buffer zone16,850 ha (41,600 acres)

Mount Sanqing (Chinese: 三清山; pinyin: Sānqīng Shān) is a renowned Taoist sacred mountain located 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Yushan County in Jiangxi Province, China with outstanding scenery. Sanqing means the "Three Pure Ones" in Chinese as Mount Sanqing is made up of three main summits: Yujing, Yushui, and Yuhua, representing the Taoist trinity.

A Chinese phrase “三峰峻拔、如三清列坐其巅” (“Three steep peaks, like the Three Pure Ones sit the summits”) explains why it was named San Qing. Amongst the three hills, the Yujing hill (1817 meters above sea level) is the highest.

Mount Sanqing has been classified as a national park of China. It is a famous honeypot as well as a shelter for animals and plants. It contains more than 2300 species of plants and 400 species of vertebrates. The total area of Mount Sanqing is 229 km². It became a National Geopark in 2005 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Sanqingshan Geopark". Global Geoparks Network. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ Canadian fossil park, an Icelandic volcanic island and archipelago in Yemen among sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

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