This is one of the most impressive sightseeing destinations in China. Located in the remote northwestern part of Hunan Province, the scenic area goes by the general name Wulingyuan, with Zhangjiajie National Forest Park as part of it. Many Chinese, however, refer to the region as Zhangjiajie because there is a city by the same name, which, with its railway station and airport, is where most travelers land on their way to the scenic area.

Measured a total of 500 square kilometers, Wulingyuan is known for remarkable views of thousands of pillar-like peaks that rise almost vertically from ground, reaching hundreds of meters into air, often immersed in floating mist and cloud that add to the beauty and mystery of the scene. In 1992 the UNESCO named Wulingyuan a World Heritage Scenic and Historic Site.



  1. Suoxiyu Nature Reserve

    Suoyxiyu is the northeastern park of the Wulingyuan Scenic Region. Comprising 160 square km of land, the area is known for both spetacular mountains and deep, shadowy valleys through which clear streems flow. Among the main attractions here are Xihai Fenglin (forest of stone pillars), Shili Hualang (miles-long picturesque valley), Baizhang Xia (long valley with towering cliffs on the sides), Baofeng Hu (lake), and Huanglong Dong (Yellow Dragon Cave). 

  2. Tianzishan Nature Reserve

    With a total area of 67 square km, Tianzishan is the northwestern part of the Wulingyuan Scenic Region. High in elevation (the tallest peak here is 1,262 m or 4,140 ft in height), Tianzishan looks over the rest of the Wulingyuan Scenic Region. Main attractions in the area include Shengtangwan (shadowy basin), Kongzhong Tianyuan (rice paddies up in the air), Xianren Qiao (bridge of immortals), and Yubi Feng (Pen-like stone pillars).

  3. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

    Measured 130 square km in area, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. The park is known for thousands of finger-like peaks, many of which rise virtually vertically to the height of 300 m (900 ft). Among the sub-areas in the Zhangjiajie Park are Huangshizhai (towering rocky mountain), Jinbianshi (a river valley 6 km in length), Yaozizhai (a trail through dense forest, with some steep cliffs), and Yuanjiajie (flat-top mountain that serves as nice viewing platform).