Sunday, October 12, 2008

Xingning Basin

Xingning Basin, located in Xingning, China, is the largest basin in east Guangdong province. It spans 302 km?. It is semingly large

Seven Star Crags

The Seven Star Crags are located in the north of Zhaoqing beside and form one of the most scenic places in Guangdong Province, in southern China.

The limestone crags are naturally arranged in the same formation as the 7 stars of the Big Dipper constellation. Legend has it that the pillars of limestone grew from stars that fell from the skies. There are lots of caves in this 8 km? area and some contain that are large enough to navigate by boat. The Star Lake has been designated a national park.

Qiongzhou Strait

The Qiongzhou Strait , also called Hainan Strait, is a body of water that separates the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong, southern China, to the north from to its south. The strait connects the Gulf of Tonkin in the west to the South China Sea in the east.

The strait is approximately 30 km wide and centered at .

Nanling Mountains

The Nanling are a group of mountain ranges of southern China, running through Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guangdong province, and Hunan province.

The Nanling mountains separate Central China from South China. Areas south of the ranges are tropical in climate, permitting two crops of white rice to be grown each year.

Mei Pass

Mei Pass is a strategic site around 30km north of Nanxiong Municipality, Guangdong province, China. It is situated in the Meiling Mountains , forming the boundary between the provinces of Jiangxi and Guangdong.

The site of Mei Pass has been significant since the Qin Dynasty. Its name probably dates from this early period. It was part of one of the five transport routes from the Yangtze River valley to Nanhai in present day Guangzhou. During Tang Dynasty times, the site was called variously Qin Pass and Hengpu Pass . In 716, the Chancellor Zhang Jiuling constructed a five metre wide road through the pass as part of the trade route along the Gan River. Of the old gallery road, Zhang wrote:

:Formerly, an abandoned road in the east of the pass,
:Forbidding in the extreme, a hardship for men.
:An unswerving course: you clambered aloft
:On the outskirts of several miles of heavy forest,
:With flying bridges, clinging to the brink
:Halfway up a thousand fathoms of layered cliffs ?

In the Song Dynasty fortifications were constructed on the pass and the characters representing Mei Pass were carved on it. The Tang road was improved with brick paving. The surviving fortifications have "Majestic pass of Nanyue" carved on the northern side and "First pass of Lingnan" carved on the other side.

Until recent decades, Mei Pass was an important thoroughfare for the overland trade south to Guangdong, as well as a militarily significant boundary. In 1928, Mao Zedong attempted to cross the pass from Jiangxi into Guangdong. In the 1930s, the Communist commander spent three years in the vicinity of Mei Pass fighting a protracted guerilla war against Kuomintang encirclement.

Mei Pass has been designated as a Cultural Relic Protection Unit by the provincial authorities and draws small numbers of domestic tourists. Around eight kilometres of the Tang road and most of the Song fortifications are still extant. Most visit in winter, when the blossoms are in full bloom.

Leizhou Peninsula

The Leizhou Peninsula is a peninsula in the southernmost part of Guangdong province in southern China.


Leizhou Peninsula is located on the southwestern end of Guangdong, with the Gulf of Tonkin to the west and the 30 km wide Qiongzhou Strait to the south, separating the peninsula from Hainan Island/Province.

Geologically, basalt s account for 43% of the peninsula's area. The rest is divided up between marine terraces and alluvial plains . Leizhou Peninsula is dotted with a few inactive volcanoes, beaches and low-lying diluvial plains.


The peninsula lies in tropical South China. The region is under the influence of continental northeastern monsoons and maritime southeastern and southwestern monsoons. Typhoons occasionally occur, both from the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. Annual is of 1400–1700 mm.


* Zhanjiang, port city on the eastern coast

Dinghu Mountain

Dinghu Mountain is located in Dinghu District, 18km to the east of Zhaoqing City, in the Dayunwu Mountain Range, in Guangdong Province of southern China. It is one of the four famous mountains - Danxia, Dinghu, Xiqiao and Luofu in Guangdong Province.

Known as the "green gem on the Tropic of Cancer", the mountain's peaks rise above ancient towering trees, flying waterfalls, fresh air, various birds and colorful flowers. Since ancient times, it has been a tourist attraction and a sacred place. Its shrines attract up to 1 million visitors per year .


The Dinghu Mountain National Nature Reserve, established in 1956, was the first nature reserve in China. It is also among the first group of designated scientific research stations of the UNESCO "" .

Flora and fauna

Dinghu Mountain is known as a living nature museum and a green treasure house. With abundant plant species, it is home to over 500 species of plants, including 23 rare species in imminent danger under state protection. It is also home to various kinds of animals, including 178 species of birds and 38 species of animals, 15 species of which are under state protection.


Dinghu Mountain has been well-known for its deep and serene gorges, cold and clean waters, major scenic areas. Heavenly Brook-Qingyun Scenic Area includes the Hundred Buddha Cave, Green Trees Surrounded by Clouds, Flying Waterfalls of the Dragon Pond, and Double Rainbows, etc. The Dinghu-Tianhu Scenic Area features the Black Dragon Playing Pearls, Dragon Mother Borrowing a Vessel, Exploring the Heavenly Lake, and so on; and Yunxi-Laoding Scenic Area has the traces of bottle gourds, Water Curtain Cave, Dragon Hidden in the Ancient Pond, White Clouds Embracing Ancient Trees, etc.