As of 2007, China had 2,531 nature reserves. Here, we chose 10 nature reserves that provide good protection for various plants and animals and present the colorful beauty of the nature.
Jigong Mountain Nature Reserve
Jigong Mountain Nature Reserve, established in 1982, is located in Xinyang County, Henan Province. [hudong.com]
Covering about 3,000 hectares, the nature reserve has 1,000 species of higher plants, such as masson pine, Huangshan pine, oak, white oak, magnolia, northern poplar, willow and elm. It also has 300 species of medicinal plants, 210 different birds and more than 100 different mammals, including pheasants, owls, wild goats, civets, lynxes and giant salamanders.
Jigong Mountain is the watershed between Yangtze River and Huaihe River, in a transitional belt among northern subtropical zone and southern temperate zone. Its highest peak rises 814 meters, making it an ideal place for tourists and a key place for religious sects.
Best time to visit: April to November
Admission: 65 yuan