Zhangjiajie is known for its unique tourist sights, including strange-shaped pillars, hidden valleys, seas of cloud, and limestone caves. It is one of the must-see scenic areas in China.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It consists of many smaller national parks and scenic areas including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve (Baofeng Lake, and Yellow Dragon Cave), covering a total area of 369 square kilometers (142 square miles).
Towering sandstones mesas, dense forests, and deep ravines are the gorgeous natural landscape of Wulingyuan Scenic Area.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, about 40 minutes' drive north of downtown Zhangjiajie, became China's first national forest park in 1982. It is also the most famous part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, featuring Zhangjiajie's classic rocky tower scenery.
It consists of five main tourist areas: Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Yangjiajie, Huangshi Village, and Golden Whip Stream.
Baofeng Lake Scenic Area is a World Natural Heritage site, listed in 1992. The area includes two parts: Baofeng Lake and Yingwo Stockaded Village. Baofeng Lake covers an area of 30 hectares (75 acres) and has a depth of 72 meters (236 ft).
Surrounded by mountains, the lake is filled with pure runoff water from the mountain peaks. Looking down at the lake from the mountains, the lake is like a jade mirror. The natural beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountain villages blend human culture and landscape. There are also majestic waterfalls and Baofeng temple.
Yellow Dragon Cave, also a World Natural Heritage Site, is praised as the most beautiful cave in the world by UNESCO experts. With an area of 10 hectares (25 acres), a length of 7.5 kilometers (4.5 miles), a height of 140 meters (460 ft), the cave is one of the largest karst caves in China. It boasts underground streams, fantastic rocky shapes, and huge caverns.
Tianmen Mountain, located on the south of Zhangjiajie city, is the second most-recommended tourist area in Zhangjiajie after the forest park. With a height of 1,519 meters (4,983 feet), Tianmen Mountain is the highest peak in Zhangjiajie and is regarded as the soul of Zhangjiajie.
Tianmen Mountain is named after the huge hole in the mountain which is like a gate to heaven (Tianmen (天门) means 'Heaven Gate'). Tianmen Mountain is not only a paradise for scenery, but also for photography and adventure.
The highlights of Tianmen Mountain are Tianmen Mountain Cableway (the longest in the world), 99 bends, the Cliff-Hanging Walkway, the Glass Sky Walk, and Tianmen Cave.
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is getting a lot of attention from travelers. The bridge spans two steep cliffs, and uses transparent glass as its bottom. With a total length of 430 meters, suspended 300 meters above the valley floor, it's now the longest, highest glass-bottom bridge in the world.
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