Guilin karst added on UNESCO World Heritage list

The second phase of South China Karst has just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list on June 23.2014; and Guilin karst was included along with Huanjiang in Guangxi, Shibing cluster in Guizhou, and Jinfoshan cluster in Chongqing.

Karst hills in Guilin,China

Karst hills along the Li River in Guilin, China

The newly-added South China karst areas cover an extension of the first project, which was listed as a natural World Heritage site in 2007. Experts believe that this year’s extension project makes the listing more complete. The two parts group the world’s most unique karst landforms, which evolved from highlands to flatter lowlands,

Karst topography is a distinctive landscape formed from the dissolution of layers of soluble bedrock, such as limestone, dolomite and gypsum. South China has the world’s most diverse karst landforms. Now, the serial sites of South China karst, with an area of 176, 228 hectares, spread over the provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi, Yunnan and Chongqing.

Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo,China

Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo,China

The region of Guilin in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is world-renowned for the stunningly karst landcape. Astounding karst hills topped with lush greenery are typical. The city of Guilin lies amidst limestone towers and cones of different height and shape, on the alluvial plain of the Li River. Surprisingly, there is dramatic change in the karst landscape. A four-hour boat trip down the river from Guilin to Yangshuo allows visitors to observe changing scenery of ‘Fenglin’ – ‘peak forest’ and ‘Fengcong’ – ‘peak cluster’.

Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2012

The fifth annual Yangshuo Climbing Festival ran from November 9th to 11th, 2012. About 500 climbers from throughout China and 12 other countries got together to attend the event.

Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2012

Poster of Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2012

This year’s festival program includes treasure hunt, men/women bouldering competition, best photo contest, climbing music festival, gibbon slacklining competition, CMDI climbing skills clinics, cross-country mountain bike race, and more.

Since the first festival was held in 2008, it has grown to be China’s most popular climbing festival. It aims to promote the development of rock climbing as a new sport in China and to help build a sense of community amongst climbers in China and from around the world.

Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2012

Yangshuo Rock Climbing, Guilin

For rock climbers, Yangshuo is a magic place covered vastly with karst peaks. The limestone cliffs make for ideal conditions, and the many mountains offer varied routes for all levels. There are eight major peaks in regular use, already providing more than 250 bolted climbs. And, new climbing routes are being set almost every day. Yangshuo is fast becoming one of the hottest climbing destinations in Asia.