Standing in front of the ancient Danxia cliffs and Spinulose tree ferns known as “living fossil”, I seem to have caught a glimpse of the earth billions of years ago. With one breath or one touch, I feel like establishing some kind of connection with the ancient past. Starting to develop with the Himalayan Orogeny in the late Tertiary Age, Chishui Danxia is the largest contiguously distributed Danxia area in China.
Here in Chishui, “Dan Shan (red mountains)” in radiant red are splendid like the rosy clouds in western sky, and “Bi Shui (green waters) and Cui Lin (verdant trees)” are fresh, abound with vitality. The great visual contrast between the red color and the green is a chromatic masterpiece by the nature. With the huge drop from its top to the bottom, Chishui Danxia, as an essential part of “China Danxia”, is the only great canyon Danxia landscape among them.
On the 34th World Heritage Convention in August of 2010, with the consent by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, “China Danxia”, consisting of Chishui Danxia, Hu’nan Lang Mountain, Guangdong Danxia Mountain, Fujian Taining, Jiangxi Longhu Mountain and Zhejiang Jianglang Mountain, was successfully inscribed on the “World Heritage List”. Since that, Chishui Danxia became the 2nd World Natural Heritage in Guizhou, following Libo Karst.