Wulong Karst Region
Wulong is a natural scenery and hiking highlight in the UNESCO World Heritage List.. It has become one of the major attractions around Chongqing for people interested in primitive scenic areas, gorges, wildlife and caves.
Wulong is one of the regions named on the World Heritage List’s South China Karst. Other areas named are Libo Karst and Shilin Karst. Three sites in Wulong are thought to be the most important. They are Furong Cave, the Three Natural Bridges, and the Houping Tiankengs.
Weathered karst hills, cliffs， rocks, deep gorges and stone bridges are the main attractions in Wulong Karst Region. The rugged scenery is beautiful and unusual like that around Guilin in Guangxi Province.
For those who have seen the desert scenery in the American southwest, the above-ground karst formations are much like the sandstone mesas, bridges, and towers. But the subterranean karst features of caves, pits and underground streams are perhaps even more interesting.
The three main parts of the Wulong Karst are about 15 kilometers away from each other. The main parts of the Wulong Karst are Furong Cave, the Three Natural Stone Bridges and the Houping Tiankeng (Houping Collapsed Doline). The three natural bridges are the most popular.
The three main areas are about 15 kilometers apart, and you can expect some good hiking and walking around in the area so bring proper clothes.But its inclusion in the World Heritage List in 2007 has made it suddenly popular, so roads, hotels and restaurants have been built.
Planning a Trip
Wulong Karst Region is about 205 kilometers from Chongqing. Local tour companies offer one-day and two-day trips to the area. The one-day trip is a bit tight for time, as it is a long drive (3.5 hours) from Chongqing. Travelers who like natural scenery may find the trip to Wulong worthwhile. Contact China Highlights to tailor make a trip to Wulong
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I updated this article on February 26, 2013
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