|Biosphere Reserve Information|
Located in the extreme north-eastern part of the country, the Wudalianchi area is marked by relatively recent volcanism. It contains Mount Laohei and Mount Huoshaos, which are China’s youngest volcanoes. Its conservation value derives from rich plant diversity dating from the tertiary period. Due to a mix of older and more recently erupted volcanic areas, the site is an ideal place in which to study the succession of pioneer plants on barren land. Tourism plays an important role in the area, primarily based on hot water springs with mineral water and spas and the area’s natural scenery. Environment-friendly “green food” is cultivated by using organic methods and rice in particular is irrigated by mineral waters rich in trace elements that are necessary for the human body. About 56,730 people live in the biosphere reserve. Their heritage and customs are very rich and have an important cultural significance in the area. Buddhist temples, statues, frescoes, gardens and folk festivals contribute to the social and economic well-being. Wudalianchi is also a well-researched site for geology, seismology and geomorphology. The construction of an educational museum based featuring volcanism is planned.
In 2001, the co-management committee of Wudaliachi Nature Reserve & Scenery Landscape Area was established in order to strengthen protection, exploitation, utilization and management of natural and touristic resources. This body was approved by the Heihe city government, institutions and farms.
|Major ecosystem type||Manchu-Japanese Mixed Forest|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Coniferous-broadleaf mixed forests with Lari dahurica, Picea koyamai var koraiensis. Lichens, bryophytes, pteridophytes, hygrophilous plants; aquatic eco-systems and aquatic plants; shrub, meadow, grassland; wet meadow, marsh-meadow; mixed grass meadow; forests and grassland.|
126°00' and 126°26' E
48°34' and 48°48' N
|Transition area(s) when given||81,839.30|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||248-602.2 m|
|Administrative authorities||Co-management committee of Wudalianchi Nature Reserve & Scenery Landscape Area of Heilongjiang Province|
|Last updated: 13/12/2007|