China’s Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area covers 266 miles in the Hunan Province. With over 3,000 unique pillars and peaks, this beautiful landscape is a favorite of many visitors. There are around 40 caves, natural bridges, and waterfalls set within the mountains of this area to explore.
Over 500 attractions exist within the parks that are open to the public. Four main parts make up the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, including the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, the Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, and the Yangjiajie Scenic Area.
The beauty of Nature
The first forest state park in China is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. This park has a large variety of different types of trees and plant life, including the Lobster Flower, which is able to change it’s color up to five times in one day. A beautiful stream of water runs through this park called the Golden Whip Stream.
At the center of the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Area is the Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve. This is the largest area with over 200 attractions.
One of the most notable attractions is the West Sea, which is known as the stone forest, that has large stones jutting up into the air and is a wonder to behold. The Ten-Mile Gallery is also popular with its 10 miles of picturesque scenes of the amazing peaks.
covered in clouds
The Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is constantly covered in clouds and shrouded in fog. Located high up, this nature reserve can be more difficult for visitors to access, but when they do, they will never forget it. Areas such as the Teaboard Tower and the Yellow Dragon Spring have been created so visitors can experience this area easier and see first-hand some of the amazing scenes that nature produces, including great views of the moon, snow, and the colorful early morning and evening clouds.
Yangjiajie Scenic Area
The Yangjiajie Scenic Area was preserved in the 1990’s, much later than the rest of the Wulingyuan area. The Yang family is associated with this area as they put down their roots here when they helped fight against a rebellion from rising up. This area has great hiking opportunities and unique villages to visit that are set within the magnificent landscape.