The rarest Danxia landform on Earth, the warmest home to wildlife
By Zhang Hao

Danxia, yardang, and karst landforms are the three most common terrains in China. They are the result of different types of erosion, geological structures and climate change. In this 7-part photo series, we will take a peek at places in China that represent the characteristics of the aforementioned landforms.  

Danxia Landform

Chishui Danxia in southwest China's Guizhou Province. /VCG Photo

Chishui Danxia in southwest China's Guizhou Province. /VCG Photo

Waterfall at Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

Waterfall at Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

Stone walls of Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

Stone walls of Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

The reddish sandstone of Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

The reddish sandstone of Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

A waterfall at Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

A waterfall at Chishui Danxia. /VCG Photo

The Danxia landform features reddish sandstone caused by wind and water erosion. The combination of differences in density and erosion create towering peaks, caves, and stone walls. Such landforms can be found in southeast, southwest and northwest China.

The colorful landform demonstrates the richness of the landform in Chishui Danxia in Guizhou Province. Not only is the place famous for its expansive Danxia geological structures, the combination of wetlands, waterfalls, and forests also makes it home to some 2,300 species of animals and plants. 

(Cover image via VCG)