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Best of Shennongjia, a UNESCO site

By Yuewei Yang

July 22

Shennongjia was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a natural site for its outstanding ecosystems and biodiversity.

Shennongjia was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a natural site for its outstanding ecosystems and biodiversity.

Shennongjia (神农架) has received significant attention since its inscription as a natural World Heritage Site on July 17, 2016. The place is definitely a paradise for nature lovers.

Magnificent Mountains

Shennongjia Nature Reserve [Image Credit: news.cn]
Shennongjia Nature Reserve [Image Credit: news.cn]
Shennongjia Nature Reserve in Hubei Province lies between the Daba and Wudang Mountains. Shennong Peak, Central China’s highest, stands at 10,190 feet (3,106 meters), making it the “Roof of Central China”.

Fantastic Flora

Shennongjia National Forest Park [Image Credit: fengniao.com]
Shennongjia National Forest Park [Image Credit: fengniao.com]
Shennongjia Nature Reserve is one of China’s three centers of biodiversity. It protects the largest old-growth forest in Central China and has historically been of significant interest to botanists.

The name Shennongjia, which translates to “Shennong’s Ladder”, comes from the legend of Shennong, an emperor and supposed first ancestor of the Chinese people who visited the mountains in search of medicinal herbs.

Fabulous Fauna

Snub-nosed monkey [Image Credit: news.cn]
Snub-nosed monkey [Image Credit: news.cn]
Shennongjia also provides a habitat for numerous rare animal species, including the Sichuan snub-nosed monkey, an emblematic species in China — up there with pandas.

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