Shiniu Village National Geopark

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Situated at Pingjiang County, Yueyang, Hunan, the Shiniu Village National Geo-park is the biggest among all the newly-discovered Danxia landform in China. The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that ¡°consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs¡±. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. Shiniu village scenic area lies at the cross of Hunan, Sichuan and Jiangxi Province, which is 65 kilometers away from Changsha.

It has a height of 523 meters and stretches over 10 square kilometers. Because there stands a huge stone that resembles a yellow cow to the west in the area, the place is also called Shiniuzhai (In Chinese, Shi means stone; niu means cow; zhai means stockade). In 2011, the geo-park was authorized as a national geo-park.

It is a representative park renowned for five kilometers precipice and 50 kilometers Danxia landform and an old stockaded village which is about a thousand year old. The geo-park owns beautiful and charming sights. It is a world made up of strange stones, unusual mountains and stone caves, different in thousands of ways, fantastic and breath-taking. With a rugged and steep geographical position, some people would call Shiniu Village as the ¡°little Mount Hua¡± ¡ª Mount Hua is a very famous scenic spot in Shannxi, China. Besides, it is tinted with mystery with light red tops and dark brown cliffs.

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Drum Dance on Cliff at Shiniuzhai

Seven Va people play drums and sing on the cliff. 

Seven Va people play drums and sing on the cliff. 

Va performers play drums on the cliff. 

Va performers play drums on the cliff. 

On November 19, seven performers of Va ethnic group gave a trilling drum dance on the cliff at the Shiniuzhai Resort, Pingjiang. (Photo/Yang Huafeng)


Updated on November 20, 2018