Wulingyuan

It's situated in the northwestern Hunan Province, covering an area of 300 square miles. It consists of four scenic areas: Zhangjiajie, Suoxiyu, Tianzishan and Mengdonghe. In 1992, the UNESCO listed Wulingyuan as World Natural Heritage.

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Rare Spectacular Rock Pinnacles: As its most unique feature, Wulingyuan abounds in exquisite and grotesque rock pinnacles. It has over 3100 rock pinnacles, out of which, 1036 are more than 400 meters high; each endowed with a singular shape. Seen from the heights, row upon row, cluster after cluster, of various spectacular stone formations; roll out like a turbulent sea of forests with tremendous tidal waves, as if whipped up by bolts out of the blue. One feels as if staying in a fairyland enclosed by stone forests.


Exquisite Lakes, Waterfalls and Streams: Here the springs and streams are numerous, and the waters, are abundant and free from any pollution. The Jinbianxi Stream and the Suoxi Stream serpentine across Wuling Yuan from west to east. Over 50 rivulets from its west to East End, drop from high, down to the floor of the canyon, splashing with pearl-like gleaming sprays. These waterfalls hang like curtains woven with strings of glossy beads. Baofeng Lake and Huangling Spring are among its famous scenic spots.


Fascinating Under-ground Palaces: Limestone caves existing in such great numbers, large sizes, and with so fantastic stalactite formations, as those in Wuling Yuan, are few and far between. They include yellow Dragon Cave, Cave of Guanyin (A Bodhisattra), Water-gurgling Cave, Cave of Drifting Clouds, and Cave of Hanging Silk Web.


Mountain of Myriad Treasures: Wuling Yuan is endowed with a temperate climate and abundant rainfalls, which are very favorable natural conditions for the existence and reproduction of plants, rare birds and animals. It has 97% of forest cover, and over 3000 species of higher plants including those rare ones like Yunnan catalpa etc. Wild flowers and plants of more than 150 varieties, over hill and dale, are in bloom all the year round, filling the air with sweet scents. Terrestrial vertebrates of some hundred species include, under special protection, clouded leopard, tarpon, macaque, tiger, giant salamander, pangolin etc. Birds simply defy enumeration.
 

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