Photo shows the beautiful scenery of Shennongjia in the rain.
Shennongjia is the "Sacred Green Land" in people's minds, where a primitive natural ecology is well preserved. In 1986 with the approval of the State Council, Shennongjia became "The National Nature Reserve of Forests and Wild Animal Species". In 1990, Shennongjia is listed as a member of Man and Biosphere Program by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 1992, it was selected as the "Demonstration of Natural Reserve of Biodiversity" by the United Nations Development Program. In 1995, Shennongjia is also listed as "biodiversity conservation demonstration" by WWF.
Shennongjia is the only green area well preserved not only in the inland of China but also in the middle latitude zone of the world. Shennongjia, the last well preserved subtropical forest zone ecosystem in middle latitude zone in the world, is the most characteristic and monopolized traveling resource.
The World Heritage Committee ended its meeting on July 8 and announced it will hold its next session in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 10-20, 2016, where Shennongjia Natural Reserve in Hubei province will become the 2016 Chinese candidates for World Heritage recognition. (hubei.gov.cn by Ruan Xinqi)