Wenfeng Tower along the Liuxi River in Conghua District of Guangzhou City, south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo: VCG)
China's fourth "forest oxygen bar" list, a reference to places with plenty of trees, was recently released. CGTN will be reviewing 10 of the 22 listed forest parks. Today, we take a look inside Liuxi River National Forest Park in south China's Guangdong Province.
Liuxi River National Forest Park is located in the northeast of Conghua District of Guangzhou City, 93 kilometers away from the city center. Covering an area of 8,831 hectares, the forest park boasts a total of 22 islands and numerous mountains.
Located in the subtropical zone, Liuxi River National Forest Park embraces an abundance of flora and fauna. The park has introduced more than 100 species of national rare and endangered protected plants and over 20 species of animals that are under first and second class national protection.
What should you see?
The forest park offers different views in different seasons and attracts tourists all year round. In spring, the blooming flowers will carpet the mountain slopes, creating a magnificent view. During summer time, the lakes and waterfalls here are ideal places for tourists to escape from the summer heat. In autumn, the maple leaves will turn the mountain red like fire. And in winter, tourists will be able to see one of the most famous views in the park: When all the white plum flowers in this area are in full blossom in December and January, they create a picturesque “snow view”, attracting many tourists and photographers to come.
Wuzhi Mountain, named for its five finger-like peaks, is located in the southeast of the park. The mountain offers people a peaceful and tranquil experience. Tourists can enjoy the stone scenery, forests and lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, gorges and streams on the Mountain.
Sanyatang Valley in the Wuzhi Mountain area is a scenic spot that can’t be missed. The forest coverage rate in the valley reaches 98 percent, and the annual average temperature is 19.1°C. There is a 2,500 meter long plank that winds through the forests and streams in the valley, and tourists can find the most beautiful scenery along this road.
Among the many other scenic spots in the Liuxi River National Forest Park are islands for deer, monkeys and peacocks.
Liuxi River National Forest Park is rich in fruits, such as litchi, longan, tangerine, orange and plum. Different varieties of bamboo shoots are grown in Liuxi River area all year round. The forest park is considered to have “three treasures”: Tea, honey and plums.