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Xuan'en County

Xuan'en County
Xuan'en is located in Hubei
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 29°59′13″N 109°29′28″E / 29.987°N 109.491°E / 29.987; 109.491
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture Enshi
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)

Xuan'en County (Chinese: 宣恩; pinyin: Xuān'ēn) is a county of southwestern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, bordering Hunan province to the south. It is under the administration of the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture.

A remarkable topographic feature found in Xuan'en County is a 290-meter deep karst sinkhole, located near the village of Luoquanyan (锣圈岩村). According to news reports, the sinkhole, which occupies around 100 mu (6 hectares), has its own unique ecosystem.[1][2]


  1. ^ 湖北290米深天坑藏动植物王国. 燕子筑巢昆虫飞翔 [A plant and animal kingdom preserved inside a 290-meter deep Hubei sinkhole. Swallows build nests, and insects fly.], 淮海晚报 (in Chinese), 2015-05-22
  2. ^ "Photos: See the Chinese Sinkhole That Developed Its Own Ecosystem", The Wall Street Journal Blog, 2015-05-22