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By Huang Zhiling ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-10-10 09:45:40

Red-hot tourist attraction

The spectacular Danxia landform in Taining, Fujian province, is a piece of art created by Mother Nature over a long time. Visitors can take in the natural beauty by cruising along the river on a bamboo raft or climbing the mountain to admire the ancient Ganlu Temple nestled inside a cave. Photos Provided to China Daily

After an inauspicious and sweltering start to our journey, any initial discomfort makes way for three idyllic days in the calming county of Taining, Huang Zhiling reports.

Not long after the bus leaves Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, for Taining county, we begin feeling the stifling heat when the air conditioner breaks down with the temperature indicator pointing to 40 C. As it takes time to arrange our transfer to another bus, we end up arriving in Tai-ning, without having dinner, at 9 pm, instead of the scheduled 6 pm arrival.

But the inconvenience of the journey is soon forgotten with a memorable three-day stay in the remote county.

Located at the juncture of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, Taining is a mountainous county with a population of 141,000.

"It is the third smallest county in Fujian," says Dai Guanrong, a county official.

Red-hot tourist attraction

The spectacular Danxia landform in Taining, Fujian province, is a piece of art created by Mother Nature over a long time. Visitors can take in the natural beauty by cruising along the river on a bamboo raft or climbing the mountain to admire the ancient Ganlu Temple nestled inside a cave. Photos Provided to China Daily

Taining, which literally means prosperity and peace, remains unknown to many Chinese. It got its name from Emperor Zhezong of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) in 1086.

The county is best known for the Danxia landforms. Danxia, which literally means red rock, refers to red-colored sandstones and formations of the Cretaceous age from 145 to 66 million years ago.

Together with Chishui in Guizhou province, Langshan Mountain in Hunan province, Danxia Mountain in Guangdong province, Longhu Mountain in Jiangxi province and Jianglang Mountain in Zhe-jiang province, Taining became one of China's six Danxia landforms included on the UNESCO's World Natural Heritage list in 2010.

The six areas perfectly demonstrate the entire beauty of Danxia landforms throughout their various ages from early youth to adolescence, post adolescence, early prime of life, early old age and old age.

Representing early youth, the Danxia landforms in Taining cover 2,527 square kilometers and feature fantastic caves varying in size from large to small.

 

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