Treasure of Nature: Wonderland famous for peaks and high biodiversity
By Xu Chenlu

Stretching over more than 26,000 hectares in central China's Hunan Province, the main draw of Zhangjiajie is the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area. 

The area is noted for magnificent landscapes and high biodiversity as it is home to many endangered and vulnerable species like giant salamanders, pangolins and Asiatic black bears. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area is rich in biodiversity. /VCG

Wulingyuan Scenic Area is rich in biodiversity. /VCG

Wulingyuan's natural beauty mainly comes from its landform. More than 3,000 spectacular pieces of sandstone appear in the forms of columns, pillars and peaks, alongside natural bridge caves, ravines, streams, waterfalls and broadleaf forests, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Stream in Wulingyuan Scenic Area. /VCG

Stream in Wulingyuan Scenic Area. /VCG

About Treasure of Nature

The extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee is taking place in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province, from July 16 to 31, 2021. The UNESCO labels natural World Heritage sites as the "nature's most precious gifts to humanity." This series takes you on a tour of the beautiful natural World Heritage sites in China and helps you learn more about these treasures of nature.

Read more from the series:

Treasure of Nature: A 'natural paradise' featuring mudflats

Treasure of Nature: Giant park with peculiar-shaped peaks and pillars

Treasure of Nature: Natural landscapes formed by rock and rain

(Cover via VCG, designed by CGTN's Yin Yating and Yu Peng.)

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