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Xiangxi Geopark becomes candidate for Global Geoparks Network

​By Zhang Junmian
​China.org.cn, 01 05, 2018
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Xiangxi Geopark is located in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Hunan Province. [Photo from Hunan Daily]

Xiangxi Geopark, located in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Hunan Province, stood out as one of the two candidates to be recommended in 2019 for membership of the Global Geoparks Network established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


A total of five geoparks from across China were taken into consideration at a national meeting on review and recommendation of the tenth batch of geoparks applying for joining the UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network.


The meeting was co-hosted by the Ministry of Land and Resources and the National Commission of China for the UNESCO in Beijing on Dec. 28, 2017.


The geopark, which involves seven cities in Xiangxi, including Jishou, Fenghuang, Guzhang, Huayuan, Baojing, Yongshun and Longshan, comprises two national geoparks and three provincial geoparks. 


It owns the complete sedimentary sequence presenting the evolution of the Yangtze Para-platform and two Global Standard-stratotype Section and Points, commonly known as "Golden Spike"--the Guzhangian Stage (around 503 million years ago), the seventh stage of the Cambrian, and the Paibian Stage (around 497 million years ago), the first of the three internationally identified stages of the Furongian Series, the fourth and last series of the Cambrian.


It is also home to the world's largest red carbonate rock forest, which has a history of about 450 million years.


So far, China has a total of 35 global geoparks. Hunan's Zhangjiajie Global Geopark was included into the network in 2004.

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