Karst topography along the Lijiang River, Guanxi, China (2)
The Lijiang River Scenic Zone around Guilin is on a tentative list of properties to be considered for inclusion as UNESCO World Heritage sites. I was surprized to read on the UNESCO Web Site that the area has not yet been nominated since it is so spectacular. It was submitted in 1996 (so two years after my pictures were taken) and is currently one of 52 properties being considered in China. I was also surprized to learn that there are three other karst areas in southern China that have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. These are: (1) the Shilin Karst (also known as the Stone Forest); it is situated 700km west of Guilin; (2) the Libo Karst, about 240 km west of Guilin; and (3) the Wulong Karst located 520 km northwest of Guilin. These three properties have been nominated in June 2007 and are known collectively as the South China Karst World Heritage Site.