Zhangjiajie Scenic Area

Located in western Hunan province, the famous tourist city of Zhangjiajie is the home of China's first forest park - the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park - and a World Natural Heritage site Wulingyuan. Since an air route linking Zhangjiajie and Hong Kong opened last April, more and more visitors take their holidays in Zhangjiajie.

The new cableway on Mt. Tianzi is new and is 2,084 meters long. As the cable car runs across the dizzying peaks, passengers get a full view of the spectacular landscape that cannot be enjoyed any other way. Despite the new cableway's presence, there are still mountain-climbers struggling to reach the top of Mt. Tianzi. Sedan-chairs can also be seen among them.

There are many famous scenic spots in Zhangjiajie, such as Baofeng Lake, the Huanglong Cave (Asia's largest cave), and many beautiful waterfalls and brooks. But the most attractive scene that Zhangjiajie features is the mysterious mountain covered with dense, primeval forests. It is said that 23 species of rare animals and more than 3,000 species of plants are living in the misty world.

There are 243 pillar-peaks, each over 1,000 meters high, which are often shrouded in mist and drizzle. Together, the peaks form several 'peak-forests' that are rarely found anywhere else. Visitors to the top of Mt. Tianzi will see many pillar-peaks gathered together like soldiers in an enormous battle array.

Many rocks are shaped like animals and fairies, and each is given its own legend. Zhangjiajie covers an area of 9,600 square kilometers, 1/1000 of China's territory, with a population of 1.54 million, 72.2 percent of which are ethnic ethnic groups such as Tujia, Miao, and Bai. A private Tujia family museum, Xinhua Shanguan, has been established in the city. Its buildings well represent traditional Tujia architecture. The museum is filled with the owner's collection of western Hunan handicrafts and furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Performances of Tujia customs, including wedding ceremony, are presented at the museum, and visitors are invited to participate in the activities.

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