Featured UNESCO World Heritage Site of February: China Danxia
Located in Southeastern China, China Danxia is a unique destination comprised of six regional components, known collectively as “The Painted Landscapes” due to their colorful landscape. Nearby cities include Shaoguan, Ganzhou and Chenzhou, all of which are within a two to three-hour drive of the various landforms.
The rock in the area is influenced by tectonic activity and natural erosion, which has created spectacular red cliffs, dramatic natural pillars and towers, deep ravines and valleys, and picturesque waterfalls. Most of the area is designated as a national park, reserve or forest, and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
By the way, what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This group has a UNESCO World Heritage Committee which is tasked with maintaining a list of destinations and places that are culturally or physically significant. The organization also keeps a list of at-risk sites which are sites whose conditions are starting to threaten the basis of why the site was included on the list in the first place. The purpose is to keep the local community informed so that they can take preventative action. The mission of UNESCO as a whole is to assist in ending world poverty, create peace, and use science, culture, information, and communication to establish an intercultural dialogue.
Chinadanxia was chosen to be a UNESCO site due to the fascinating geological processes involved in its creation and the ongoing transformation happening right under visitors' feet. China Danxia's beauty and scenic value only enhance the meaning of a visit to the one-of-a-kind destination.