Wulingyuan Scenic Area
Wulingyuan Scenic Area is made up of Zhangjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Shuoxiyu, and Yangjia Boundary. It was listed as one of the world legacies in 1992 and as a world geology park in 2002.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area has a peculiar natural landscape, which features original sandstones, dense forests, and deep ravines. There are thick forests and running streams in the area, creating a picture that resembles a landscape painting.
The five most spectacular scenes in this spot are the unusual peaks, deep canyons, beautiful waters, thick forest, and mysterious caves.
The peculiar peaks refer to the 3000 or more mountain peaks made of quartz sandstones. These peaks are of various shapes and sit both low and high, and the three representative peaks are Camel Peak, Drunk Stone Peak, and Five Finger Peak, which are elegant and magnificent.
The deep canyons refer to 32 canyons, each more than 2,000 meters in length. The most famous ones are Jinxi Canyon, Shentang Canyon, and Gallery Canyon.
The beautiful water refers to the waterscape in the scenic area, including streams, springs, lakes, pools, and waterfalls. It is said that there are more than 800 waterscapes in the area.
Meanwhile, caves of different shapes can be found here. Among them, the most outstanding one is Yellow Dragon Cave, which contains beautiful stalactites.
In addition to the five top scenes mentioned above, the rural landscapes also attract a lot of visitors. The local farmers are hospitable and you may visit their homes.
* Danxia Landform of China - A World Heritage Site
Best time to visit
Zhangjiajie is pleasant to visit at any time of the year. In the spring, it has green grass and beautiful flowers. In the summer, the forest and waters offer a good place to escape the extreme heat. In the autumn, the air is dry and the colors of the different plants and fruits make it appear like an oil painting. In the winter, snow covers the mountain, and this is the best time for visitors to enjoy the plum blossom.
Visitors may try the local Tujia food, such as sour fish, loaches with bean curd, and stewed chicken with Gastrodia elata soup. Shopping: The fragrant tea in the Wulingyuan area is quite good. Other local specialties include the gyrophora and Chinese gooseberry. Accommodations: Finding accommodations here is easy, as there are a lot of hotels in the scenic area.
I updated this article on December 12, 2012
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