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Experts to review danxia landform

EXPERTS from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are today reviewing the danxia landform in southwest China's Guizhou Province which is applying for inclusion on the United Nations' list of World Natural Heritage.

Danxia, meaning "rosy cloud," is a special landform formed from reddish sandstone that has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations.

The IUCN will finish an assessment report for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization which will vote for new sites wanting to be added to next year's list.

Danxia landform covers several provinces in China.

In January, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development decided six provinces should apply -- Chishui City in Guizhou, Danxia Mountain in Guangdong Province, Langshan Mountain in Hunan Province, Taining County in Fujian Province, Longhu Mountain in Jiangxi Province and Jianglang Mountain in Zhejiang Province.

Covering 72,178 hectares, the Chishui landform is the largest of the six candidates. Red cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and huge rocks have developed there, said Zeng Qiang, an official in charge of publicity in Chishui.

The local authorities have relocated residents, restored vegetation and banned logging to protect the landform.

"More than 200 residents in Liming Village in the core area of the landscape have moved from their hometowns for the protection of the scenic spot," said village head Wang Tingke.

"The village prohibits using fire in the fields. Hunting wild animals and quarry mining are also banned," Wang said.

"We have the responsibilities to protect the environment here and we support the application," he said.


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