Libo Karst

Nature

Libo Karst

by Live in Guizhou


Image Source: Sohu News, Sina News

Libo Karst is located in Libo County in the southeast of Guizhou Province. It is a typical representative of cone karst in the transitional zone between the Guizhou Plateau and the Guangxi Basin.

The intact ecosystem of Libo in Guizhou is the mainstream for declaring world natural heritage today, with the advantage of being given priority to be listed as a world natural heritage due to its outstanding heritage value, and is considered a typical representative of “southern Chinese karst”. The unique ecosystem and Karst landscapes of Libo made it Guizhou’s first World Heritage Site in 2007.

The most striking landscape of Libo Karst is cone karst, and the most typical types are peak cluster karst and peak forest karst. As a world natural heritage site, Libo Karst meets multiple criteria for world natural heritage. The orderly arrangement of peak cluster and peak forest landscapes displays their mutual geomorphological evolution and variation. It has a special karst forest ecosystem and remarkable biodiversity, including numerous endemic and endangered species and their habitats. 90% of the population in the area are ethnic minorities, and their cultural heritage is rich, mainly including the ethnic cultures of Shui, Yao, and Buyi.