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Xiangxi UNESCO Global Geopark boasts many types of natural heritage

  Xiangxi UNESCO Global Geopark boasts many types of natural heritage, including geological layer profiles, karst platform-canyons, forests, wetlands (including rivers, waterfalls, etc.). Two natural heritage sites at world-class level (INT), seven ones at national level (NAT), five at regional level (REG), and one at local level (LOC) can be found in the geopark (Table 5-4).
  To better explain, promote and maintain these precious natural heritages, a comprehensive interpretation system has been established in the geopark. Interpretation placards on geosites, riverine wetlands and biodiversity have been put up, which explain typical geosites and geomorphological landscapes in plain language and illustrated pictures. Special exhibitions on GSSPs, bio-ecology, riverine wetlands, etc. are held in Xiangxi GSSP Exhibition Hall, Xiangxi Prefecture Museum, Liye Qin Bamboo Slip Museum, etc. , which are open to the public free of charge throughout the year. The geopark has compiled 28 brochures, which introduce natural heritage from different aspect. It has published five academic monographs and books, such as Geology of Hunan Province, Global Stratotype in China, and Cultivation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants in Xiangxi, etc.. It has cooperated with CCTV’s channels of “Home in the Distance” and “Geography China” to produce a number of special TV programs on Xiangxi; and worked with Hunan Satellite TV to shoot “Where is Dad?”, a large-scale parent-child outdoor reality show, in the geopark. By partnering with China National Geographic magazine, the geopark has published Karst Platform: New Landscape in Xiangxi. It has shared promotional videos about Aizhai Glass Skywalk and rafting on Mengdong River, etc, on “Douyin”, one of China's emerging creative short video social media platforms. These actions have helped promote the natural heritage in the geopark and attracted a large number of tourists. 
  Table 5-4  Natural Heritage List of Xiangxi UNESCO Global Geopark

No.

Natural heritage brand

Heritage name

Type

Date of evaluation

Level

Accreditation body

1

Global Boundary Stratotype Section and   Point (GSSP) – “Golden   Spike

Global   Stratotype of Paibian Stage, Furongian Series in the Cambrian System

Stratotype Section

2003.02

World -Class

International Stratigraphic Commission   and International Union of Geological Sciences

2

Global   Stratotype of Guzhangian Stage in the Cambrian System

Stratotype Section

2008.03

4

National

Scenic Spots

Mengdong River

River-Canyon

2004

National Level

State Council

5

Dehang

Canyon

2005

6

Liye - Wulong Mountain

Platform-Canyon-Historic Site

2017

7

National Forest Park

Zuolong Gorge

Forest-Canyon

2012

State Forestry Administration

8

Aizhai

Forest-canyon

2013

9

National Wetland Park

Donghe River

Riverine Wetland

2010

10

National Scenic Area of Water Conservancy  

Dalongdong

Waterfall - Canyon

2006

Ministry of Water Resources

11

Provincial Scenic Spots

Youshui - Lüdongshan   Mountain

River-Canyon

2009

Regional level

Hunan Provincial People's Government

12

Provincial nature reserve

Luota

Forest-platform

1984

Hunan Forestry Department

13

Liantai Mountain

forest

1998

14

dongshan

Forest-canyon

1999

15

Mengdong River

Forest-river

1991

16

Small wetland   protected area

Sixi River

riverine wetland

2016

Local level

Baojing County Forestry Bureau


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