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Fengshan County

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Region  Guangxi
County seat  Fengcheng (凤城镇)
Postal code  547600
Area  1,738 km²
Area code  0778
Prefecture-level city  Hechi
Time zone  China Standard (UTC+8)
Elevation  484 m
Population  215,000 (2009)
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Country  People's Republic of China

Fengshan County (simplified Chinese: 凤山县; traditional Chinese: 鳳山縣; pinyin: Fèngshān Xiàn; literally: "phoenix mountain", zhuang: Fonghsan Yen) is a county of Guangxi, China. It is under the administration of Hechi City.

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Map of Fengshan, Hechi, Guangxi, China

Administrative divisions

Fengshan has one town, Fengcheng (凤城镇), and ten townships:

  • Paoli (袍里乡)
  • Zhaiya (砦牙乡)
  • Changzhou (长洲乡)
  • Qiaoyin (乔音乡)
  • Lintong (林峒乡)
  • Jinya (金牙瑶族乡)
  • Gengsha (更沙乡)
  • Zhongting (中亭乡)
  • Pingle (平乐瑶族乡)
  • Jingzhou (江洲瑶族乡)
  • Geography

    Fengshan County is located in the northwest of Guangxi. The county takes its name from the shape of the mountain range in this region, which resembles a phoenix spreading its wings. The county is situated on a variety of geological formations, including karst, which is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks—including limestone, dolomite and gypsum—and is characterized by sinkholes, caves and underground drainage systems. Karst is a rare formation seen in only a few locations worldwide.

    Geographic features

    Fengshan County lies on the eastern fringe of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the terrain follows a northwest to southeast direction. 70% of the area, 1,738 square kilometres (671 sq mi), is covered by karst and arable land. The area has a subtropical monsoon climate with an average yearly temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

    Mawangdong Cave

    Mawangdong Cave (马王洞) consists of three layers. The upper and middle layers are dry with a length, height and width of 7.7 km (4.8 mi), 80 to 150 m (260 to 490 ft) and 30 to 160 m (98 to 525 ft) respectively. The lower layer is an underground river channel. The cave's entrance is 130 m (430 ft) above the foothills and its mouth measures 94×138 m. A karst sinkhole known as a "Tiankeng" lies at the southern section of the cave. Its mouth has a tri-corner shape with rounded corners measuring 225 m×180 m. The depth of this sinkhole is 320 m (1,050 ft) and an accumulation of collapsed rocks and clay lies at the bottom of the sinkhole. The vegetation there is verdurous. The cave is named "Mawangdong", which literally means "Horse King Cave", since the cave entrance resembles a horse's mouth. This cave is a neighbor to Sanmenhai Cave (三门海洞) and the two are connected by an underground river.

    Xixili Cave

    Xixili Cave is 1,760 meters long and has three layers. The two upper layers each have a chamber with an area of 6400 sq m and 6900 sq m, respectively. This cave contains flowstones, cave flags, hanging curtains, and cave crystals.

    Jiangzhou Natural Bridge

    Jiangzhou Natural Bridge is a karst formation spanning 144 m (472 ft) and connecting the two mountains.

    Its height is 64.5 m (212 ft), with an arch height of 46 m (151 ft) and width of 18.5–24 m (61–79 ft). It is located about 2 km (1.2 mi) east of the village of Jiangzhou in Guangxi, which is about 30 km (19 mi) south of Fengshan.

    Yuanyang Springs

    In the name "Yuan-yang" (simplified Chinese: 鸳鸯; traditional Chinese: 鴛鴦; pinyin: Yuānyāng), the words yuan and yang stand for male and female Mandarin Ducks, respectively. In symbolic representations, Mandarin Ducks always appear as a male and female pair and are seen to represent fidelity.

    The Yuanyang Springs consist of two springs; the water of each spring has a distinctive color: one is a clear green, the other is turbid blue. Chemical analysis of their waters has shown that the composition is the same. The springs are approximately the same size. The surface pool is a rounded three-corner shape with a baseline of 21 meters and height of 30 meters. At certain times of the year, the water backflows.

    Peak-cluster depressions

    The term "Karst Fengcong" or karst peak cluster is a term created by Chinese scholars to classify karst by the hill or peak density. The term "Peak-cluster depression" describes the land form that combines peak-clusters and closed depressions, which are the two basic features of Fengcong.

    The beauty of Fengshan's sublime, unique, and precipitous valleys is created by towering, imposing peaks and low-lying depressions.

    References

    Fengshan County Wikipedia


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