China, really doesn't offer you only ancient towns like Fenghuang or amazing villages like Guizhou, but also surprise you with incredible landscape and fantastic nature scenery, absolutely! Here is the classical view of Li River surrounded by karst landscape at Xianggong Hill in Yangshuo.
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South of China is a typical region of karst topography, where Guilin and Yangshuo’s hills and caves, Yunnan’s Stone Forest, and Guizhou’s Xiaoqikong are the best examples.
💥But what is karst?
It is a landscape formed by the dissolution of soluble bedrocks (mainly carbonate rocks such as limestone, dolomite and gypsum), featuring sinkholes, caves and underground streams. Karst topography is relatively fragile and unstable in geographic terms, yet it creates fabulous and unique landscapes around the world.
💥Why Guilin/Yangshuo has fantastic karst landscape?
It is estimated that some hundred million years ago, the area where Guilin is located was a gulf. In the long years, the seabed was covered with thick calcareous sediments, which were slowly dissolving and shaped by the salty sea water at the same time.
Thus the original appearance of Guilin’s hills and caves had been formed. Later came the movements of the earth crust, and the seabed rose, cracked and gradually formed the landscape of Guilin.
After millions of years, with erosions of the wind, rain and rivers, the hills and caves developed into what we can see today, fantastic and unbelievable.
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📍Selected by: @linas_travelphotography
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