We thank Zheng et al. (2016) for their comments on our previous work of sedimentary hiatus within the Carboniferous Taiyuan Formation, northeastern Ordos Basin, China (Jiang et al., 2012). Zheng et al. (2016) have different opinions on sedimentary facies and sequence stratigraphy interpretation in the study area. They question our interpretation based on their understanding of sedimentary facies, seismic geometry, orientation of sand body, and sand body thickness. Here, we provide additional evidence to reinforce our interpretation. The structure of this reply follows the order of the questions raised by Zheng et al. (2016).

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