Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area , lying to the north of Zhangjiajie City, is a charming tourist attraction. It is one of the 40 famous scenic spots in China. It is said to be 'The ampliative miniascape and the contractible fairyland' and was admitted to the 'World Heritage List' in 1992.
The scenic area boasts of natural beauty where mountains, valleys, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls exist in total harmony. Over 560 attraction sights can be found here. The strangely-shaped peaks, the absurd stones, the hidden valleys, the wonderful waters and the limestone caves form the 'Five Wonders' of Wulingyuan and they are really worth seeing.
Covering an area of 690 square kilometers (266 square miles), Wulingyuan Scenic Area consists of four parts- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and the newly added Yangjiajie Scenic Area.
|Zhangjiajie National Forest Park || |
|Suoxi Valley |
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first state-level forest park in China. Over ninety-seven percent of the park is covered with varieties of trees and other valuable plants. The park is a real treasure house. The Lobster Flower (Long Xia Flower), a sort of flower that can change color five times in a day, is unique in the park. The views in this area include the Golden Whip Stream, Huangshi Fort and Yuanjiajie. The Golden Whip Stream is a poetic stream, with crystal clear water running quietly between strangely-shaped peaks. The Huangshi Fort and Yuanjiajie are both classic spots that can not be missed in the park.
The Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve is the center of the scenic zone and is the largest among the four areas of the park. About 200 attraction spots can be found here. The name of Suoxi Valley is transliterated from the language of the Tu Minority Group, and it means 'a mountainous village with dense fog'. This area includes the Ten-mile Gallery (Gan Xi Gou), where vivid pictures formed by its peaks are rather impressive. The West Sea, also called the sea of stone forests, is amazing. Bao Feng Lake is also an excellent place to visit to gain an understanding of the local customs of West Hunan Province.
|Tianzi Mountain || |
The Tianzi Mountain Natural Resource Reserve is rich in strange peaks and rocks, and in constant clouds and fog. The reserve lies at a high elevation which makes sightseeing physically challenging. The Yellow Dragon Spring, Teaboard Tower and Lao Wu Chang are areas which have been developed for visitors. This reserve is renowned for four marvelous spectacles-the cloud and mist, the night with shining moon, the winter snow and the morning and evening rosy clouds.
It wasn't until the 1990s that the Yangjiajie Scenic Area was preserved. Legends had it that in order to suppress rebellion, the famous Yang Family (a family quite loyal to the court and contributed to the fighting against Qi Dan in the Song Dynasty) camped and settled here later because of the continuous war. And as a result, Yangjiajie emerged. So far, the pedigree of the Yang Family is still well kept in this area which also contains the Tian Bo Mansion, Liu Lang Bay and Qi Lang Bay.
Together with the natural scenery of the four sections of the park, the life and customs of several Chinese minority groups (Tu, Miao, Bai) are also of interest. Their houses, farms and their singing and dancing undoubtedly add an element of happiness and beauty to Wulingyuan.
How to get to Wulingyuan Scenic Area:
Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station (near Zhangjiajie Railway Station
) has regular tourist buses to Wulingyuan every a few minutes and the bus journey takes about 40 minutes. Bus fare is around CNY 12.
|Admission Fee: || |
March 1 to November 30: CNY 245 for adults and CNY 160 between 4.3 and 4.9 feet (1.3 - 1.5 meters)
December 1 to end of next February: CNY 136 for adults and CNY 85 for children between 4.3 and 4.9 feet (1.3 - 1.5 meters)
Annual Ticket: CNY298
Free entry for children below 4.3 feet (1.3 meters).
1.The admission fee includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve and Yangjiajie Scenic Area.
2. The ticket is valid for 3 days from March to November and 4 days from December to next February.
3. Tourists can pay extra CNY 3 to buy the insurance.
|Fees for elevator, cable car and tourist train: ||Items & Time ||March 1 to November 30 ||December 1 - end of next February |
|Bailong Sightseeing Elevator ||CNY 72 (single trip); CNY 144 (round trip) |
|Yellow Stone Village Cable Car ||CNY 65 (single trip); CNY 118 (round trip) ||CNY40 (single trip); CNY70 (round trip) |
|Tianzi Mountain Cable Car ||CNY 67 (single trip); CNY 134 (round trip) |
|Yangjiajie Cable Car ||CNY 76 (single trip); CNY 152 (round trip) ||CNY 46 (single trip); CNY 92 (round trip) |
|Ten-mile Gallery Tourist Train ||CNY 38 (single trip); CNY 52 (round trip) ||CNY 24 (single trip); CNY 30 (round trip) |