The best Nature Reserves in China
China is famous for beautiful nature scenary. A nature reserve is an area approved by the government, in which biological varieties and natural remains are specially managed and protected. With the rapid population growth and worsening of the global environments, the establishment and development of nature reserves will play an increasing important role in protecting natural environments, natural resources and rare animals and plants, and conserving the ecosystem. Moreover, the typical ecological environments, rare animals and plants, the unique natural landscapes in nature reserves can offer ideal prerequisites for developing special tourist industry, the following are some famous nature reserves in China.
1. Jigong Mountain Nature Reserve
Jigong Mountain Nature Reserve is established in 1982, it is a sanctuary for transitional types of subtropical forest vegetation and rare wild animals and plants. the nature reserve has 1,000 species of higher plants, 300 species of medicinal plants, 210 different birds and more than 100 different mammals. Jigong Mountain is the watershed between Yangtze River and Huaihe River, in a transitional belt among northern subtropical zone and southern temperate zone.
2. Dalai Hu National Nature Reserve
Hulun Lake is a lake in Inner Mongolia, China. It is one of the five largest freshwater lakes in all of China, covering approximately 2,339 km². As in 1995 annual fish production was about 7,000 tons, 100 tons of shrimp, 4 kilograms of pearls, 1.5 million crayfish. The lake is also one of the key reed production areas in China. It is a tourist destination during the summer, but during off times, the lake's visitors are few. The lake isn't far from Manzhouli, which is on a major rail-lin.
3. Potatso National Park
Potatso is the first national park in mainland China. In Tibetan language, Patatso means reaching the opposite side of the lake by boat under the help of deity. Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake are two major parts of the park. Besides these two lakes, forest, marsh, valley, alpine meadow and so on can be seen in the park.
4. Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve
Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve features a rainforest with various plants, colorful flowers and unique animals, it has a total area of 241,000 hectares, The flora comprises more than 5,000 species of higher and seed plants, which accounts for 12 percent of the total in China. Among them are 58 species of rare and endangered plants under state protection, accounting for 15 percent of the total. The reserve also boasts 539 species of terrestrial vertebrates, 25 percent of the total in China, as well as 429 species of birds, 47 species of amphibians, 68 species of reptiles and 100 species of fish.
5. Yiwulüshan National Nature Reserve
Yiwulü Mountainis located in the western part of Beizhen City, in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province. It is one of the Three Greatest Mountains of Northeast China. Yiwulü Mountain or simply called Lü Mountain is one of the Three Greatest Mountains of Northeast China. Its highest peak is 867 meters above sea level. It is located about 5 kilometers west of the center of Beizhen City, in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province. "Yiwulü" comes from a Manchu language word, meaning "full of green".
6. Hegang National Forest Park
Hegang National Forest Park is a national 3A level tourist zone, located in the churchyard of Hegang City, covers an area of 80,000 hectares. It consists of Xilinhe National Flavor Garden, Shilihe Forest Tourist Zone and Tongzigou Original Forest Scenic Spot. The park, blending the ecological scenery, folk custom culture, exotic flavor, green food into a unit, is an ideal tourist resort.