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Top 10 Forests in China w. Google Earth links (II)

Jul 14, 2010

This post continues a previous post “Top 10 Forests in China w. Google Earth links (I)

[sources]: 1. 黄河影人 | 2. 邹淳皓 | 3. ke_J | 4. shidi | 5. 百灵鸟

A forest (also called a wood, woodland, wold, weald, wellard or holt) is an area with a high density of trees. — wikipedia

You can view all Top 10 Most Beautiful Forests in China here in Google Earth.

6. Luntai Huyang Forest 轮台胡杨林
Google Earth | Wiki | Location: Luntai, Xinjiang

Luntai County is located at south of Tianshan Mountains and north of Tarim Basin. Here you can find world’s largest densest and best-survived “living fossil of Tertiary” – 400,000+ Mu natural Huyang Forest.

Huyang (scientific name: Populus euphratica), also known as hero tree, Populus heterophylla, often grow in the desert. Huyang is the only tree species that grows in the desert. It is very valuable, like a “living fossil plant”, comparable to the ginkgo tree.

You can learn more about Huyang Forest in my previous post here: Ejin Huyang Forest: The Spirit of Desert.

7. Sipsongpanna Tropical Forest 西双版纳热带雨林
Google Earth | Wiki | Location: Sipsongpanna, Yunnan

Xishuangbanna harbors much of the biodiversity of Yunnan Province, which harbors much of the biodiversity of China.With a total area of 2420.2 km2, Sipsongpanna’s tropical forest, evergreen broadleaf forest, endangered plants and animal species, as well as entire ecosystem are all priceless natural treasures. It is the largest and best-preserved tropical forest in China. It is the best-preserved high-latitude-high-altitude tropical forest which has a unique “reverted” plant vertical distribution.

8. Libo Karst Forest 荔波喀斯特森林
Google Earth | Wiki | Location: Libo, Guizhou

There are many world famous karst landscapes in China such as Guilin, Shilin rock forest, Huangguoshu Waterfall, etc. However, most original forests in those areas have been devastated and they have become karst rock desert landscape. Only here, at Libo karst forest, original karst forest is generally well preserved, which breaks the fixed formula of karst landscape. It is not only a unique scenic resource, but also of great scientific value.

Besides typical karst landscapes, here you can find a perfect combination of karst landscape and original forests. According to the karst shape, they are categorized as four types: 1. funnel forest 2. low-lying land forest 3. basin forest 4. valley forest

9. Greater Khingan Mountains Khingan Larch Forest 大兴安岭兴安落叶松林
Google Earth | Wiki | Location: North of Greater Khingan Moutains, Inner Mongolia & Heilongjiang

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Greater Khingan Range is a major mountain range in northeast China. The range is densely forested. As an eco-region it is noted for its Daurian flora, transient between Siberian and Manchurian floras. The northern section of the mountains is the coldest part of eastern China, with extremely severe winters (mean temperature −18 °F [−28 °C]) and with large areas under permafrost.

This region is covered by forests of larch, birch, aspen, and pine, with shrub cover on the highest elevations. It is rich in wildlife, including deer, elk, marten, hare, and many other fur-bearing animals. Its north part grows the only deciduous needle-leaf forest in China.

10. Bamboo Sea of South Sichuan 蜀南竹海
Google Earth | Wiki | Location: Yibin, Sichuan

Bamboo Sea is the most famous bamboo tourists’ destination in China. The hills cover a region of 13km long and 6 km wide with a total number of 28 hill ranges. All the hundreds (500+) of hills are covered by 427 different types of bamboo.

Bamboo Sea combines bamboo, mountains, rivers, lakes, caves and waterfalls in one scenic region. It also has a strong collection of historical and cultural places of interest.

[Scenic Splendor of China Series]
This is one post of the Scenic Splendor of China Series. In 2005.10, Chinese National Geography (CNG) selected 114 “most beautiful places” covering 17 different types of scenic patterns. The complete list is here. In Chinese. These scenic places will be covered individually in future.

[Chinese Keywords]
中国最美的地方 森林

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