Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Jiuxiang Canyon and Cave National Geopark, Yunnan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1228

This geopark is located in Yiliang County, Yunnan Province, and covers a total area of 53 km2. It became a national geopark in 2009, and it features karst caves and canyons that developed in Proterozoic carbonates as well as ancient human remains. Jiuxiang Karst Cave is an assemblage of vertical, inclined and horizontal caves. Six sets of karst caves are located along the longitudinal profile of the cave, including the Bikedashaba Caves, Sanjiaodong Caves, Huangjiamaidichong-Tiansheng Bridge Caves, Maitian-Dadong Caves, Diehong Bridge Caves and Mangyudong Caves. Numerous excavations in Zhangkou Cave have uncovered more than 40 tooth fossils of homo sapiens, nearly 2,000 fossils of 33 mammal species, more than 1,800 pieces of stone artefacts and a host of carbon shavings.

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