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  Sanqingshan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in Shangrao City of Jiangxi Province and divided into Sanqingshan main area, Huaiyushan area and Zihu area, covering a total area of 433km2. Its main peak, Yujing Peak, is 1819. 9 meters a.s.l. It acquired its name thanks to its three peaks (Yujing Peak, Yuxu Peak and Yuhua Peak) and their resemblance to three seats for the three founders of Taoism, Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing. Sanqingshan joined the Global Geoparks Network in September 2012. It is a natural geographic area with abundant geological outcrops and distinctive landforms in the Southeast of China, principally consisting of Mesozoic granite, Paleozoic and Proterozoic strata.

  The Geopark is situated in the zone of conjunction between the Yangtze and Cathaysia paleoplates. It is recognized to be a great work of Earth science, recording an Earth history spanning over 800 million years, remaining precious geoheritages of stratigraphical, petrological, tectonic, and geomorphological significance, harboring rare biotic communities that evolved through more than 200 million years. There are varied, typical and centralized granite micro-landforms. Furthermore, the unique blend of granite landforms, ecology and spectacular meteorological effects, provide the area with an exceptional natural beauty, making it an outstanding natural museum and representative of granite peak forest landscape. In addition, the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature for over one thousand years has left the Geopark with an important cultural heritage. Predominant are ancient Taoist architectural structures designed and located to reflect the Taoist philosophy of “harmony of human and nature”, and regarded as an open-air museum of Chinese Taoism ancient architecture.

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