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Xiangxi Geopark Listed as UNESCO Global Geopark

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The Xiangxi Geopark in central China'sHunan Province and Zhangye Geopark in northwest China's Gansu Province wereapproved as Global Geoparks by the Executive Board of the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its 209th sessionon July 7. So far, China is home to 41 Global Geoparks designated by UNESCO,accounting for a quarter of the global network. Xiangxi Geopark is Hunan’s second one that won the title after Zhangjiajie Geopark.

The Red Stone Forest at Xiangxi Geopark in Xiangxi Tujia and MiaoAutonomous Prefecture, central China's Hunan Province.

Located at the hinterland of WulingMountains in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province,Xiangxi Geopark is characterized by undulating terrain and intense incision.

There are some 82 types of rocks scatteredacross the site, dominated by sedimentary rocks, which form the site's mainlandscape. It also houses a total population of 296,000, among whom over 80percent are ethnic minorities, mainly Tujia and Miao people.

This article is from Hunan ProvincialGovernment www.enghunan.gov.cn. 

Chinese source: hnrb.voc.com.cn

English source: CGTN