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.

Main Attractions

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

Questions and Answers About Wulong Karst Region

Jennifer Wallace 2014-03-13
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Visiting soon - what should I definitely see - will be going to Chengdu later, so don''t need to see pandas here

Hi Jennifer, what are your interested in, please? You will see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, beautiful natural scenery in Guilin, the Charming West Lake in Hangzhou, traditional gardens in Suzhou, and the water towns nearby, etc.

Whitney Liao replied on 2014-03-14
Mrs Deng 2010-11-22
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We will be visit Chongqing in Mid December (about 6 days). It possible to visit Zhangjiajie and Yangtze Rive Gorges?
Hi, Mrs Deng, Travel to Zhangjiajie and Yangtze Gorges is possible in Mid december. The weather may be a bot cold, so you need to bring layers to keep warm. Ruru Zhou replied on 2010-11-23
Since there is no direct flights between Chongqing/Yichang and Zhangjiajie at present, it is be bit inconvenience and rush to make Yangtze River cruise and Zhangjiajie into a tour within 6 days. I will send you a proposal for your Yangtze River cruise (4 days 3 nights) via e-mail, please e-mail me back if you need any further assistance. Delia Xie replied on 2010-11-23
Hélène Boucher 2010-11-07
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We will visit ChongQing in mid December . We only have a few days. What is worth seeing? Where to go to eat well without paying too much?
Hi, Helene, Chongqing is worth one or two days. Sights worhing seeing include; the Cixikou Old Town, Three Gorges Museum and Eling Park. Ruru Zhou replied on 2010-11-08
Hi Hélène, When you are in Chongqing, you can try and visit the amazing Dazu Grottoes (about 2 hours away from the city), the Zoo to see lovely pandas, the Three Gorges Musuem to learn how the Gorges are tamed; you may also enjoy sometime in the local markets or try the light rail in the city. Chongqing is famous for its hotpot, try one of them in the city center Jiefangbei(Liberation Monument) or in Ciqikou where you can also find a lot of local snacks. If you prefer to have someone to show you the city, write to us and we will be more than happy to arrange day tours for you. Candy Wei replied on 2010-11-08
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