Monday, August 2, 2021

Top 10 Most Beautiful Forests in China

If you’re into nature, you’ll love looking at these gorgeous photos of the 10 most beautiful forests in China, and may even be inspired to visit some of them.

Being such an enormous country, China has a variety of climates and geology, which means that there are many different types of forest found from north to south, and east to west.

each Forest has its own kinds of majestic trees, wonderful waterways, and unique animals.

Enjoy this virtual trip to the loveliest ones.

10 most beautiful forests in China

1. Tianshan Xueling Spruce Forest in Xinjiang

The Xueling spruce trees are found in the Tianshan Mountains of West China, growing at an altitude of 4,900 to 9,200 feet above sea level. These magnificent trees are known as the “King of Xinjiang Spruces,” and tend to grow on the snowy peaks.

Tianshan Mountain in Xinjiang, China, with snow on the peaks in the background and spruce trees comprising the Xueling Spruce forest, one of the most scenic forests in China.
These magnificent trees are known as the “King of Xinjiang Spruces,” and tend to grow on the snowy peaks. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Beibaoke1)

This forest has existed for 40 million years, making the species a living fossil, and the oldest known tree species in Xinjiang. It is also thrives in the deserts of Central Asia.

2. Shunan Bamboo Forest in Sichuan

Located on Liantian Mountain near Yibin City, the Shunan Bamboo Sea spreads for more than 70,000 hectares, and is full of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. There are 58 types of bamboo here, forming China’s oldest and largest bamboo forest.

The Bamboo Forest of South Sichuan, China.
There are 58 types of bamboo here, forming China’s oldest and largest bamboo forest. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Xianghong Wu)

It was here that the famous bamboo scene from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed. It’s a hiker’s paradise, and there are gorgeous views from the many hills, as well as ancient temples and shrines.

3. Changbai Mountain Mixed Forest in Jilin

The Korean Pine mixed forest in Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve is known as “China’s Green Treasure House, and is situated in the north-east near the border with North Korea.

A waterfall runs through the trees in Changbain Mountain in China.
Changbai Mountain is home to a mixed Korean Pine and broadleaf forest. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Julia Moiseenko)

Apart from Korean Pines, there are many broadleaf and coniferous species, as well as smaller plants like amur grapes and schisandra berries. The volcanic landscape is rather mysterious with unusual peaks, stunning waterfalls and lakes, and rare flora and fauna.

4. Tropical rainforest of Jianfeng Mountain in Hainan

Jianfengling Tropical Rainforest is on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

It is China’s largest and most intact tropical rainforest with eight types of vegetation spreading from the seashore to the highest peak, and living fossil species that are over 200 million years old.

View of Sanya tropical forest paradise park, Hainan, China.
It is China’s largest and most intact tropical rainforest with eight types of vegetation spreading from the seashore to the highest peak. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Xiaoyong)

5. Baima Snow Mountain Forest in Yunnan

With its abundance of azaleas, the Baima Snow Mountain Forest is located in the cold northwest, and is home to the rare Yunnan gold monkey.

Baimang (White horse) Snow Mountain in autumn, Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, China.
The Baima Snow Mountain Forest is located in the cold north-west. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Sihasakprachum)

These gorgeous flowers bloom every year in the high mountains between 8,500 and nearly 14,000 feet. They form huge colorful clusters across the peaks that look like a “sea of flowers” after the ice and snow have melted, as spring turns into summer.

6. Linzhi Spruce Forest in Tibet

Extending for 4,600 hectares, the Bomi Gangxiang Spruce Forest surrounds the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, mostly between about 8,500 and 16,500 feet above sea level.

The climate here is mild and humid due to the moist warm air that rises from the Indian Ocean. Some of these huge old trees are up to 90 yards tall. There is an interesting variety of animals, including leopard, black bears, monkeys, and parrots.

Bassoon lake in Linzhi City, Tibet, China.
The Bomi Gangxiang Spruce Forest is home to an interesting variety of animals including leopard, black bears, monkeys, and parrots. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Li Kang Long)

7. Xishuangbanna Tropical Forest in Yunnan

Covering 241,000 hectares, the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve has one of the world’s most well-preserved tropical rainforests, and is located south of the Hengduan Mountains.

Xishuangbanna tropical rainforest in Yunnan, China.
The Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve has one of the world’s most well-preserved tropical rainforests. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Hsc)

In 1993, UNESCO accepted it as a member of the International Man and Biosphere Reserve Network. It features broad basins of evergreen forest surrounded by hills, and crisscrossed by rivers.

8. Huayang Poplar Forest in Xinjiang

Situated next to the desert highway, this roadside forest stretches for 2,700 hectares in the Tarim River valley, and features the oldest poplar trees in the world.

Poplar forest in Xinjiang, China.
The Huayang Poplar Forest in Xinjiang features the oldest polar trees in the world. (Image via trip.com)

This species has existed for over 60 million years, and appeared during the Tertiary age when the Qinghai-Tibet plateauemerged.

9. Maolan Karst Forest in Guizhou

The Libo or Maolan Karst Forest is located in Libo County, and is a primeval subtropical forest amid conical limestone hills with plenty of water and underground caves.

Maolan Karst Forest with trees on conical-shaped hills.
The Maolan Karst Forest is a primeval subtropical forest amid conical limestone hills. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © Etherled)

With over 20,000 hectares of lush vegetation, this forest is known as the “emerald on Earth’s belt,” particularly compared with other karst areas in the same latitude which are mostly stone deserts.

10. Daxinganling Larch Forest in Heilongjiang

Think forest, rivers, and snow, and you’ll get the feel for this Xing’an Larch Forest in the Daxinanling Mountains. With four very distinct seasons, this area along the northern frontier is particularly beautiful in spring and summer.

Daxinanling Larch Forest in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, China.
Daxinanling Larch Forest is in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, China. (Image: via Dreamstime.com © He Zhu)

It is part of the circum-arctic coniferous forest that spreads through this part of China with many arctic species like the elk, the snow hare, cowberries, and crowberries.

Research by Ming Yue

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Max Lu
Max Lu is an author who specializes in Asian geopolitics.
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