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      Biosphere Reserve Information



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  General Description   Situated in the Guangdong Province in southern China, this biosphere reserve comprises low mountains and hilly lands of the Dayunwu Mountain Range. The area is mostly covered by (sub-) tropical forest. In contrast to the disturbed surrounding forests, the Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve comprises rare primary forests of at least 400 years age. Dinghushan was China’s first Nature Reserve and had a significant importance in the conservation of the ecosystems over the last 40 years.
The biosphere reserve is also known as a major Buddhist center in South-East Asia. Its shrines attract up to 1 million visitors per year (1997) and many agencies have engaged in tourism in the area. The management of the increasing tourism has created both a challenge and chance for the biosphere reserve. Apart from several hundred seasonal residences, there are no permanent inhabitants within the biosphere reserve (1997). Within the nature reserve, research has been carried out since the 1950s and education programmes for students take place.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical humid forest
  Major habitats & land cover types   Lower sub-tropical evergreen broadleaf forest with Castanopsis chinensis, Schima superba, Cryptocarya concinna, C. chinensis and Machilus chinensis; agroecosystems
  Location   23°10' to 23°11'N; 112°31' to 112°34'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   1,133
  Core area(s)   625,1
  Buffer zone(s)   350.3
  Transition area(s) when given   158
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +100 to +1,000
  Year designated   1979
  Administrative authorities   Dinghushan Arboretum Dinghushan Coordinate Agency of Guangdong Province National administration bureau for the reserve

Last updated: 10/12/2007

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