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Top 10 beautiful wetlands in China

By Discover China

May 5

February 2 marks World Wetlands Day, and we have selected China’s most beautiful.

February 2 marks World Wetlands Day, and we have selected China’s most beautiful.

Wetlands are vital to human life. They host a wide variety of life, protect coastlines and act as natural sponges against river flooding. They also regulate climate change by storing carbon dioxide.

But wetlands disappear every year because of human activity. More than 64 percent of the world’s wetlands have vanished since 1900 and China is too seeing its wetlands evaporate.

1/10 Mangrove Nature Reserve 红树林自然保护区

Mangrove Nature Reserve [Image Credit: China Daily]
Mangrove Nature Reserve [Image Credit: China Daily]
The reserve lies in Shenzhen,  in South China’s Guangdong province. Established in 1984, the reserve is close to a Ramsar Site of International Importance, the Hong Kong Mai Po nature reserve (香港米埔自然保护区). It is China’s smallest national-level nature reserve.

Best time to visit: Sept.- Nov.

Entry: free

2/10 Xinghu Wetland Park 星湖湿地公园

Xinghu Wetland Park [Image Credit: China Daily]
Xinghu Wetland Park [Image Credit: China Daily]
Located in Zhaoqing, in South China’s Guangdong province, the park is the nation’s first nature reserve and one of the world’s natural life preservation areas. There are 45 red-crown cranes in the park, making it the biggest home for the species in southern China.

Best time to visit: Sept.- Nov.

Entry: 78 yuan/person

3/10 Xixi Wetland Park 西溪湿地公园

Xixi Wetland Park [Image Credit: China Daily]
Xixi Wetland Park [Image Credit: China Daily]
The park lies in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province.  The park has an eight kilometer ring road along the water, which takes three hours to walk round.

Best time to visit: all year

Entry: 80 yuan/person

4/10 Sanjiang Plain Wetland 三江平原湿地

Sanjiang Plain Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Sanjiang Plain Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Enabled by the Songhua River, Heilongjiang River and Wusuli River, Sanjiang Plain is a representative of northern China moorland, and is rare in the world as a fresh water moorland.

Best time to visit: July – Oct.

Entry: free

5/10 Huanghe Delta Wetland 黄河三角洲湿地

Huanghe Delta Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Huanghe Delta Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
This wetland lies in East China’s Shandong province. The place is a temporary home to more than 300 kinds of bird, and is jokingly known as “the international airport for birds” by officials from Wetland International. About 54 percent of the area is forested, making it China’s largest coastal  forest.

Best time to visit: all year

Entry: 10 yuan/person

6/10 Liaohe River Delta Wetland 辽河三角洲湿地

Liaohe River Delta Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Liaohe River Delta Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
This area lies in Northeast China’s Liaoning province. It is a stopping off point for birds migrating between East China and Australia. The plants in the Liaohe river delta become wet in autumn, turning the area to a beautiful red colour.

Best time to visit: May – Oct.

Entry: 80 yuan/person

7/10 Zhalong Nature Reserve 扎龙自然保护区

Zhalong Nature Reserve [Image Credit: China Daily]
Zhalong Nature Reserve [Image Credit: China Daily]
Zhalong means sheep or cattle pen in Mongolian. The wetland lies at Songnen plain in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. Home to 15 varieties of crane, it was listed as an International Important Wetland Protectorate in 1992.

Best time to visit: April – Sept.

Entry: free

8/10 Ruoergai Wetland Nature Reserve 若尔盖湿地自然保护区

Ruoergai Wetland Nature Reserve [Image Credit: China Daily]
Ruoergai Wetland Nature Reserve [Image Credit: China Daily]
China’s largest peat moorland area lies in Southwest China’s Sichuan province. The nature reserve is home to many animal species such as the black-neck crane.  It is also one of China’s most important natural reservoirs.

Best time to visit: July

Entry: 70 yuan/person

9/10 Bayanbulak Wetland 巴音布鲁克湿地

Bayanbulak Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Bayanbulak Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Bayanbulak in Mongolian means “prosperous spring”. The wetland lies in the basin of the snow covered Tianshan Mountain (天山) in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous.
Region. The area is known as China’s swan nature reserve.

Best time to visit: Sept.

Entry: 30 yuan/person

10/10 Erguna Wetland 额尔古纳河湿地

Erguna Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
Erguna Wetland [Image Credit: China Daily]
The area lies at the northwest side of the Greater Khingan Mountains (大兴安岭) in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. It is known as the No.1 wetland in Asia.

Best time to visit: March -Nov.

Entry: free

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