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China has 10 Holocene volcanoes. Note that as a scientific organization we provide these listings for informational purposes only, with no international legal or policy implications. Volcanoes will be included on this list if they are within the boundaries of a country, on a shared boundary or area, in a remote territory, or within a maritime Exclusive Economic Zone. Bolded volcanoes have erupted within the past 20 years. Suggestions and data updates are always welcome ().

Volcano Name Location Last Eruption Primary Volcano Type
Arxan-Chaihe China (eastern) 0 CE Pyroclastic cone(s)
Changbaishan China-Korea border 1903 CE Stratovolcano
Hainan Volcanic Field Southern China 1933 CE Pyroclastic cone(s)
Honggeertu China (eastern) Unknown - Evidence Uncertain Pyroclastic cone(s)
Jingbo Heilongjiang Province 520 BCE Volcanic field
Keluo Group Heilongjiang Province Unknown - Evidence Credible Pyroclastic cone(s)
Kunlun Volcanic Group China (western) 1951 CE Pyroclastic cone(s)
Longgang Group Jilin Province 350 CE Pyroclastic cone(s)
Tengchong Southern China 5750 BCE Pyroclastic cone(s)
Wudalianchi Heilongjiang Province 1776 CE Volcanic field

Chronological listing of known Holocene eruptions (confirmed or uncertain) from volcanoes in China. Bolded eruptions indicate continuing activity.

Volcano Name Start Date Stop Date Certainty VEI Evidence
Kunlun Volcanic Group 1951 May 27 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
Hainan Volcanic Field 1933 Jun 26 ± 4 days 1933 Jul 8 (in or after) Confirmed   Historical Observations
Changbaishan 1903 Apr 15 ± 45 days Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
Changbaishan 1898 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
Hainan Volcanic Field 1883 Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
Kunlun Volcanic Group [1850 ± 50 years] [Unknown] Uncertain  
Wudalianchi 1776 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
Wudalianchi 1720 Jan 14 1721 Jun Confirmed 3 Historical Observations
Changbaishan 1702 Jun 9 Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
Changbaishan 1668 Jun Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
Tengchong [1609] [Unknown] Uncertain  
Changbaishan [1597 Oct 6] [Unknown] Uncertain  
Changbaishan [1413] [Unknown] Uncertain  
Changbaishan 0946 Nov 15 ± 45 days Unknown Confirmed 6 Radiocarbon (corrected)
Longgang Group 0350 (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Arxan-Chaihe 0000 ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Changbaishan 0180 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Jingbo 0520 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Changbaishan [1000 BCE (?)] [Unknown] Uncertain  
Jingbo 1540 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Changbaishan 2160 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Jingbo 3550 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
Tengchong 5750 BCE ± 1000 years Unknown Confirmed   Uranium-series

There are 14 photos available for volcanoes in China.

Several cones of the Keluo Group are shown in this September 2019 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top; this image is approximately 22 km across). The volcanic field is located in NE China, and is NW of the Wudalianchi volcanic field.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2018 (https://www.planet.com/).
The Hainan Volcanic Field in China contains around 58 identified cones, craters, and maars, some of which are visible in this November 2020 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top; this image is approximately 14 km across). The Leihuling cone with a roughly 300-m-diameter crater is to the SW of the S21 Zhongxian expressway that runs through the center of the image.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2020 (https://www.planet.com/).
Water draining from Tianchi lake plunges over a mid-Pleistocene trachytic lava flow near the caldera rim on the upper N flank of Changbaishan (Baitoushan) volcano.

Photo by Xiang Lui, 1983 (Changchun University).
The Pleistocene Nangelaqiushan scoria cone contains a 500-m-wide flat-bottomed crater, is one of many cones forming the Wudalianchi volcanic field in Manchuria, NE China. The cones show a preferred alignment along three parallel NE-SW trends. The Wudalianchi volcanic field was named for five scenic lakes dammed by lava flows during a 1719-21 eruption, which formed two new scoria cones and produced a 65 km2 lava field.

Photo courtesy of Jim Whitford-Stark, Sul Ross State University, Texas (published in Feng et al., 1979).
Two of the many scoria cones of the Tengchong Volcanic Field rise above cultivated lands in southern China near the border of Myanmar. Volcanism in this 600 km2 volcanic field took place during five periods ranging from the early Pliocene to the late Holocene. An explosive eruption took place at the northern cone of Dayingshan in 1609. The area is the site of active geothermal fields.

Photo by Liu Xiang, 1995 (Changchun University).
Laoheishan is one of two scoria cones that formed during the 1719-21 eruption of the Wudalianchi volcanic field and contains a 350-m-wide, 145-m-deep summit crater. A smaller vegetated crater on the NE flank can be seen to the lower left. Laoheishan formed a large portion of an extensive lava field that surrounds it and Huoshaoshan, the other scoria cone that formed during the eruption.

Photo courtesy of Jim Whitford-Stark, Sul Ross State University, Texas (published in Feng et al., 1979).
The Arxan-Chaihe volcanic field covers around 2,000 km2 with at least 47 identified vents, some of which can be seen in a NE-SW trend through the center of this September 2019 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top; this image is approximately 69 km across). As well as eruptions producing spatter cones and lava flows, there are phreatomagmatic vents and fissure-controlled vents.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2018 (https://www.planet.com/).
Recent lava flows surround the Laoheishan scoria cone, one of which formed during 1719-21. Four radial fissures, two of which are seen in this view from the north, were the source of most of the 1719-21 Shilong lava flows, which cover a 65 km2 area surrounding Laoheishan and the Huoshaoshan scoria cone to the NE. The dominantly pahoehoe lava flows, many of which were tube-fed, blocked local drainages and formed several small lakes at the eastern and northern margins of the lava field.

Photo courtesy of Jim Whitford-Stark, Sul Ross State University, Texas (published in Feng et al., 1979).
The Kunlun Volcanic Group in NW Tibet contains at least 70 cones. The cone just above the center of this image is the Ashi cone, which erupted lava across 33 km2 in 1951. Other cones are visible in the Ashikule Basin, the relatively flat area across this image.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2019 (https://www.planet.com/).
Several cones and craters of the Honggeertu volcanic field in the Nei Mongol Province are shown across this August 2019 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top; this image is approximately 11 km across). The cones are across a NE-SW trend and several have summit craters up to 200 m in diameter.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2019 (https://www.planet.com/).
Lake Tianchi occupies the 5-km-wide, 850-m-deep summit caldera of Changbaishan, which straddles the China/Korea border. The volcano is also known as Baitoushan and by the Korean names of Baegdu or P'aektu-san. This view looks from the northern rim on the Chinese side towards the SE caldera wall on the Korean side. One of the world's largest known Holocene explosive eruptions took place from Changbaishan about 1000 CE, depositing tephra as far away as northern Japan.

Photo by Xiang Liu, 1983 (Changchun University).
A geologist stands at the rim of a crater in the Tengchong Volcanic Field, with Ailuo Mountain in the background to the W. The youngest eruptions from the Tengchong field, which surrounds the city of Tengchong, produced olivine basalts and basaltic andesites.

Photo by Liu Xiang, 1995 (Changchun University).
Sanjiaolongwan is a 1-km-wide early Pleistocene maar of the Longgang volcanic field. This massive volcanic field covers 1,700 km2 in the Jilin Province of NE China, west of Changbaishan volcano, and contains lava flows, more than 150 Quaternary scoria cones, and tuff rings.

Photo by Xiang Liu, 1983 (Changchun University).
A portion of the Arxan-Chaihe volcanic field spanning approximately 32 km across is shown in this September 2018 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top; this image is approximately 32 km across). There is a NE-SW trend of scoria cones, craters, and maars across the image, including Aershan just north of Tianchizhen town (in the western side of the image), the smaller Dichi lake to the E, the larger Shihaopendi complex crater near the center of this image, and Yanshan and Gaoshan NE of there.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2018 (https://www.planet.com/).

This is a compilation of China volcano information sources, such as official monitoring or other government agencies.

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