Hubei Shennongjia

China (Muyu, Yichang, Jingzhou)
Location: N31 28 11 E110 14 38
Date of Inscription: 2016
ix. to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;
x. to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.
Property : 73,318 ha
Buffer zone: 41,536 ha

Located in Hubei Province, in central-eastern China, the lush forests of this site is celebrated for its biodiversity; it’s home to more than 5,000 species of animal and plants. The site consists of two components:

  • Shennongding/Badong to the west and
  • Laojunshan to the east.

It protects the largest primary forests remaining in Central China and provides habitat for many rare animal species, such as:

  • the Chinese Giant Salamander,
  • the Golden or Sichuan Snub-nosed Monkey,
  • the Clouded Leopard,
  • Common Leopard and
  • the Asian Black Bear.

Hubei Shennongjia is one of three centres of biodiversity in China. The site features prominently in the history of botanical research and was the object of international plant collecting expeditions in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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