Location and Values: The China Danxia site is spread across a large area of south-west China and includes six exemplary locations where spectacular red sandstone and conglomerate cliffs occur together with associated rock formations. The landscapes are spectacular, with massive cliffs, pillars, gorges, caves and arches created through the processes of uplift and subsequent erosion. The spectacular geological features are set in a humid sub-tropical environment of deep forests, punctuated with waterfalls and meandering rivers. With nine separate components in six ‘clusters’, each of the individual sites demonstrates unique features of this type of landscape.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2014) the conservation status of the China Danxia site is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that ‘The serial nature of the property, with its six widely separated component parts, is complex but the authorities must be commended on the degree to which they have provided a uniformly consistent legal and institutional framework for protection and management. Existing staff and other management resources appear to be adequate in coping with current factors affecting the property and low levels of threat. Protection of the property is assisted by its remoteness from development and the robust character of the geological landscape. There is a need to ensure protection of the natural forest vegetation and biodiversity, which contribute significantly to the scenic and aesthetic qualities and to the on-going land forming processes. There is a need to be vigilant in the face of an inevitable increase in visitor numbers and tourism development, and astute management intervention will be required to avoid any undesirable impacts of mass tourism. Among the most important challenges for the authorities is to increase the level of international understanding of the Danxia geological landscape, through increased collaborative research and scientific publication and wider promotion campaigns.’
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