Yanqing expected to be 'World Geo Park'

created: 2013-03-18

China.org.cn, March 15, 2013

Yanqing county, situated in northwestern Beijing, is expected to be listed as a World Geological Park later this year, according to an official from the county's preparatory committee.

(Longqing Gorge in Yanqing County)

The local preparatory committee's work on creating the world geo park will be evaluated between May and July by a panel of experts from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In September, the panel will vote on whether granting Yanqing with the title.

The geological park under construction overcomes administrative divisions to cover the total land area of the county at about 2,000 square kilometers.

Yanqing has been called an encyclopedia for learning about the Yanshan Mountain Range Movements during the Mesozoic Era, which lasted 186 million years from about 251 million years ago until about 65 million years ago.

Four of the five major dinosaur categories in the world once existed in Yanqing.

Hubei's Shenlongjia is another Chinese scenic attraction to undergo UNESCO evaluation this year.

So far, the world has 90 World Geo Parks, 27 of which are situated in China.

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