Enshi Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 恩施土家族苗族自治州 (ēn shī tǔ jiā zú miáo zú zì zhì zhōu)
Area: 9,420 square miles (24,398 square kilometers)
Nationalities: Tujia, Miao, Han
Location: Situated in the southwest region of Hubei Province, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture is bordered by Chongqing in the north and west, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Hunan Province in the south and in neighborhood of Shennongjia Nature Reserve in the northeast and Yichang City in the east.
Administrative Division: 6 counties (Jianshi, Badong, Xuan'en, Xianfeng, Laifeng, Hefeng); 2 county-level cities (Enshi, Lichuan)
Seat of the Prefecture Government: No.14, Lane 1, Wuyang Street
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: No.21, Hangkong Road
China Post: No.58, Enzhou Road
Enshi Attractions - Things to Do
Dashuijing Architecture Group is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Lichuan. It was the former residence of local Li family, a notable clan during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Covering an area of 24,000 square yards (20,067 square meters), it consists of Manor of Li Family, Ancestral Temple, and Messuage of Li Gaiwu. Buildings there reflect both Tujia architectural features and western style.
Enshi Grand Canyon, also called Mufu Grand Canyon, is about 40 miles from Enshi downtown. It is famous for Yunlong Ground Fissure, the cliffs on two sides of which are formed in two different periods, and Seven Star Village, where visitors can appreciate stones of various shapes. The local residents here are mainly Tu people, so you can also learn some interesting customs and culture of this ethnic group here.
Qingjiang Chuangtan: Chuangtan refers to the section between the downtown Enshi to Fenshuihe Bridge of the Qingjiang River. Drifting along the river, there are forty-eight rapids in total, meanwhile, visitors can admire the beautiful scenery on the river banks and experience the folk customs of Tujia ethnic minority. After six hours drifting, they will be taken back to Enshi City by bus. Every April to October is the best time to visit Chuangtan.
Yumu Village:Situated to the west of Lichuan City, the village is still inhabited by five hundred Tujia people. The gate building of the stockaded villages is constructed on a cliff. There are ten tombs of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and several other ancient buildings.
Tenglong Cave is a cave group 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from downtown Lichuan. It consisted of a dry cave and a water cave. The Qingjiang River becomes an undercurrent while running though the cave. The dry and water caves are only separated by a wall. According to the on-site investigation by experts from home and abroad, Tenglong Cave is praised to be the largest karst cave in China.
Other Scenic Spots: Xingdoushan Nature Reserve
How to Get to Enshi
Xujiaping Airport is about 3mi (4.5km) from the city proper, mainly operating flights to Wuhan. Bus is the most important vehicle for the prefecture's transportation. There are three main bus stations operating in the city: Wuyang Bus Station in Wuyangba, and the other two in Qingjiang Hotel and Foreign Trade Bureau in Dongfeng Road.
Enshi bears a subtropical mountain climate distinctly influenced by monsoon. Weather there is humid and moderate all year round. The city is seldom bothered by extreme heat in midsummer and chilliness in midwinter. It is usually foggy and rainy. With complex landform and an average altitude around 1,000 meters (3,281 feet), temperature varies greatly as the height and terrain change. The annual average temperature of regions between 300-1800 meters (984-5,906 feet) above the sea level maintains around 17.4C-7.8C (63.3F-46F).
When to Go: It is best to avoid traveling to Hubei Province in July and August for the sultry weather, and for Enshi, April and May are the best periods to visit.
Enshi Travel Tips
History: The history of Enshi can be traced back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC) as the domain of Bazi Kingdom. Through thousand years of changes, the present territory of the city was basically fixed up in 1925. It was called Exi (Western Hubei) Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture and changed to be Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture ten years later.
Geographical Features: The prefecture stands in the extension of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Southwest-to-northeast mountain ranges of Wushan, Qiyue, Wuling and Dalou zigzag through the prefecture. The north, southeast and northwest areas are higher in altitude and the terrain slopes downward to the south and central regions.
Special Local Products: raw lacquer, herb medicine, tung oil, tobacco leaves, tea.
In addition, Sumadang Scenic Area and Longchuan Ancient Town are recommended. If you have enough time, they are worth to see.
1. From En Shi railway station, there is a direct bus to the valley at 07:30. But someone says it needs advanced booking. So maybe the second way is more suitable for you.
2. Get to the Hangkong Road, then take the bus to Mufu Town (where is valley is located). The bus schedule is more dense and ticket fare is CNY 20 per person. But sorry I don't know the detailed bus schedule.