Ningde Geopark, a tourist gem in Fujian's Ningde
Baishuiyang of Ningde Global Geopark
Taimu Mountain in Ningde Global Geopark
Baiyun Mountain of Ningde Global Geopark
Ningde Global Geopark is located in Ningde in the northeast of Fujian province in China's Taimu and Jiufeng mountain ranges. It consists of three scenic areas: Baishuiyang in Pingnan County, Baiyun Mountain in Fu'an City and Taimu Mountain in Fuding City. The park is characterized by splendid miarolite mountainous land formations, gorgeous volcanic land formations and a riverbed that leads to waterfalls, deep pools and other costal and island attractions. Various landforms create a rich, colorful and unique combination of settings. The high value of the geology and geomorphology of the park has made it a setting for scientific research and teaching, as well as a destination for sightseeing, relaxation and vacations.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, better known as UNESCO, held a meeting on world Geoparks at the Greek island of Lesvos on Oct 3, 2010. At the meeting, Ningde Geopark was listed in UNESCO's Global Geopark Network (GGN) and received the international designation of "Ningde Global Geopark".
The geographic coordinates of Ningde Global Geopark are: E119°01′04″~120°23′46″, N26°55′02″~27°13′18″. The park, which covers a total area of 401.34 square kilometers, consists of three scenic areas: Baishuiyang, Baiyun Mountain and Taimu Mountain. The park spans Pingnan County, Fu'an City, Fuding City and Xiapu County in northeastern Fujian Province. The park begins at Longyang Village, Xiaoyang Town, Fu'an City, in the south, and borders Yuanyang Lake in Shuangxi Town, Pingnan County in the west. The park stretches to Qingyutou, Fuding City, in the south and connects Dayuandang Village, Fuding City, in the east.
The three scenic areas of the park are easily reached by way of highways that lead from the park to all townships, towns and scenic areas and most natural villages in the area. Baishuiyang Scenic Area is 170 kilometers from Fuzhou, 100 kilometers from Ningde, 135 kilometers from Saiqi Harbor and 95 kilometers from Gutian Train Station. A Grade 2 highway from Ningde to Pingnan was open to traffic in 2005.
It connects to the Tongsan (Tongjiang-Sanya) Expressway and significantly shortens the distance and travel time from neighboring areas to Pingnan. Construction will soon begin on the Yangyuan Interchange of Ningshao (Ningde-Shaowu) Expressway, which is about 10 kilometers form the park. Baiyun Mountain Scenic Area is 202 kilometers from Fuzhou and 37 kilometers from Ningde. The No.104 National Highway runs through Fuan. Two trunk highways directly reach Pucheng and Xiapu counties to the north of Fujian.
They are the Fuwen (Fuzhou-Wenzhou) Expressway and Fuwen (Fuzhou-Wenzhou) High-Speed Railway. Saiqi Harbor east of Fujian has long been called "a golden waterway". Its domestic lines access Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shanghai, Nantong, Wenzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao and Guangzhou. Taimu Mountain Scenic Area is near Bailin, Panxi, Qinyu and Xiamen in Fuding City and Yacheng Town of Xiapu County. It is 300 kilometers from Fuzhou to the south, 160 kilometers from Wenzhou to the north and 45 kilometers from downtown Fuding. Fuzhou and Wenzhou both have an airport. Wenzhou-Fuzhou Expressway and the Wuzhou-Fuzhou Railway, which is under construction, pass by the park and have an interchange or railway station at the foot of Taimu Mountain.
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