Six Chinese sites named UNESCO Global Geoparks

( Updated: March 28, 2024

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Mount Changbaishan Geopark is located in the Changbai Mountain Natural Reserve.  [Photo/WeChat account of Jilin Fabu]

The Mount Changbaishan Geopark, along with five other Chinese geoparks, were named as Global Geoparks by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday.

"UNESCO's Executive Board has endorsed the addition of 18 sites to the UNESCO Global Geoparks network. This brings the total number of geoparks to 213 in 48 countries." the Paris-based UN body said in a statement.

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Mount Changbaishan Geopark features unique volcanic landforms. [Photo/WeChat account of Jilin Fabu]

Among the newly designated sites, the Mount Changbaishan Geopark is located in China's northeastern Jilin Province, which hosts dramatic landforms and diverse rock types that document significant multiphase volcanic eruptions.

The "millennium eruption," which took place around 1,000 years ago, is one of the largest volcanic eruptions in modern history and has left a lasting impact, creating special pyroclastic accumulations of international significance.

The five others are Enshi Grand Canyon-Tenglongdong Cave Geopark in Hubei province, Linxia Geopark in Gansu province, Longyan Geopark in Fujian province, Wugongshan Geopark in Jiangxi province and Xingyi Geopark in Guizhou province.

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