According to UNESCO,” A UNESCO Global Geopark is a unified area with a geological heritage of international significance”. These special areas are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote the conservation of Earth’s geological heritage, raise awareness about geology, and foster sustainable development through community involvement and education!
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Cover image is of the Zhangye UNESCO Global Geopark
Currently, as of August 2023, there are 41 UNESCO Global Geoparks in China. The sheer amount of parks China holds is made even more impressive when you consider that in the entire world, there are only 195 UNESCO Global Geoparks!
Yes, China is home to the most UNESCO Global Geoparks in the world! As we previously mentioned China is home to an impressive 41 UNESCO Global Geoparks.
With there currently being only 195 of these UNESCO Geoparks on our planet it means that China holds roughly one out of every six UNESCO Geopark in the entire world!
The honour for that prestigious title would have to go to Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark. This magnificent place of towering sandstone pillars that has wowed humans since ancient times has gone by many different names over the years, but currently its most commonly known name is simply “Zhangjiajie National Forest Park”.
In conclusion, China is home to a vast and diverse range of geological wonders, and its many UNESCO Global Geoparks are a testament to this fact!
In addition to their geological significance, these Geoparks also play an important role in promoting sustainable development and tourism. By encouraging people to learn about and appreciate the natural world, these Geoparks help to create a more sustainable future for all.
If you are interested in learning more about China’s geological heritage, I encourage you to visit one of its many UNESCO Global Geoparks. I can guarantee you will be amazed by what you see!
All information in this Article and list was sourced directly from UNESCO, you can check out their official website here.