Hubei Shennongjia, China
Residents: 79,248 (2018)
Total Visitors: 159,000 (2018)
Hubei Shennongjia is a forest zone located in the northwest of Hubei province. It serves as a watershed between the Yangtze and Han rivers and is the birthplace of Chinese farming civilisation.
With its 3,253 sq.km, Shennongjia was classified in 2005 as a geological and national geopark by China's National Land Resources Administration.
In July 2016, Hubei Shennongjia was inscribed on the World Heritage list. The site "protects the largest primary forests remaining in Central China and provides habitat for many rare animal species, such as the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Golden or Sichuan Snub-nosed Monkey, the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard and the Asian Black Bear". (text in italics quoted from UNESCO's statement of outstanding universal value)