Year of 2017

Shanwangping Karst National Ecological Park, China

They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but what about in a forest? At the Shanwangping Karst National Ecological Park near Chongqing, China, the change of seasons offers colorful drama, with dawn redwoods, ginkgo trees, and Cryptomeria all showing off their different hues. In 2015 Shanwangping was approved as China’s first national karst park. This part of China is known for its karst topography, which includes towering arches, extensive caves, and other rock formations. But the main attraction here is a breath of fresh air. Shanwangping was included in the country’s annual list of ‘forest oxygen bars,’ a campaign that promotes forests with especially clean air quality.

Chongqing, formerly transliterated as Chungking, is a major city in southwest China. Administratively, it is one of China’s four direct-controlled municipalities, and the only such municipality in China located far away from the coast.
Population: 30.17 million (2015)
Area: 31,816 sq miles (82,403 km²)
Colleges and universities: Chongqing University · Chongqing Medical University · Southwest University · Southwest University of Political Science & Law · Sichuan Fine Arts Institute · Chongqing University of Technology · Sichuan International Studies University · Chongqing Technology and Business University · Chongqing Jiaotong University · Chongqing Three Gorges University
Skyline Of Chongqing
Panorama of the Chongqing Skyline, taken from the southeast hills in 2010