Wulingyuan Scenic Area is made up two smaller scenic areas: the larger Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and Suoxiyu, with Baofeng Lake and Yellow Dragon Cave nearby. It was listed as World Natural Heritage in 1992 and as a World Geopark in 2002.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area has a peculiar natural landscape, which features sandstone mesas, dense forests, and deep ravines. This is the stuff of traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
The five most spectacular sights are the unusual peaks, deep canyons, beautiful waters, thick forests, and mysterious caves.
Zhangjiajie is picturesque to visit at any time of the year, but April to October is recommended, as winters are cold and the tourist areas are less accessible.
You may want to try the local Tujia food, such as sour fish, loaches with bean curd, and stewed chicken with Gastrodia elata soup. The fragrant tea in the Wulingyuan area is quite good. Other local specialties include the gyrophora and Chinese gooseberry.
Wulingyuan is about 40 km north of the city of Zhangjiajie. Catch tourist transport to the area you want to visit. Plan your tour well as the attractions are well spaced out.
Finding accommodations is easy, as there are a lot of hotels, especially at the east gate of the scenic area (Suoxiyu Area). See our guide to the four main hotel areas.
China Highlights can help you customize a tour to visit Wulingyuan Scenic Area and other Zhangjiajie Attractions.