Avatar Mountain in Zhangjiajie, and the ancient city of Fenghuang – in the top 5 best places China’s Hunan Province
Tourist service O-Travels.com chose the best sights of the Chinese province of Hunan, where there are some of the most unusual in the world of mountains. Thousands of tourists visited Hunan in 2015 to see the picturesque mountain nature and ancient cities.
How to get to Hunan:
Regular flights China Eastern Airlines via Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong Airport) in the provincial capital, the city of Changsha (Changsha Huanghua International Airport), the city of Zhangjiajie (Zhangjiajie Lotus Airport International) or the city of Fenghuang (Tongren airport).
The top 5 best and most beautiful places in Hunan include:
1. Zhangjiajie National Park (Mount avatar)
2. The ancient city of Fenghuang (Phoenix)
3. The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie
4. Red Stone Forest
5. Suspended Aizhai Bridge
Zhangjiajie National Park (Mount avatar)
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which is the highest rating of tourist “AAAAA” Affairs of China Tourism State Office assigned, visits to 3 million people a year. Among the foreigners lead tourists from South Korea, which comes to 300 thousand annually.
To see the unusual rocky mountains of quartz sandstone and limestone on the territory of Wulingyuan (Wullinguan Scenic Area), which is among the UNESCO World Heritage sites should be from town Wulingyuan go up by cable car Tianzi mountain cableway, where there are plenty of viewing points for photographing mountains Tianzi. The ticket for the cable car costs 72 yuan (about $ 10). Then a free shuttle bus on mountain serpentine drive to Yuanjiajie scenic office, where from the lookout to see the mountains “The first bridge in the world” (The 1st Bridge on Earth) and Mount Avatar. Wulingyuan Mountains inspired director James Cameron to create a “fluttering” or “hanging in the air,” Mountain “Hallelujah” in the movie “Avatar.” After the rain, or early in the morning rocky mountains Wulingyuan like “hanging” in the clouds, because they can not see the foot. After walking along a mountain path, it is possible to go down on the highest external glass elevator in the world – Bailong, where the cost of the ticket is 43 yuan (about $ 5), where a free shuttle bus back to the town Wulingyuan.
Zhangjiajie National Park is a 5-minute drive from Zhangjiajie city, and a 15-minute drive from Zhangjiajie Lotus Airport International.
The ancient city of Fenghuang (Phoenix)
Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as the “Phoenix Town”, founded 2000 years ago. Located in the southwest of Hunan Province, the ancient city of Fenghuang included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has been open to tourists since 2003, and now annually receives 10 million people, of which 200 thousand – foreign tourists. The city of Phoenix has a very high tourist rated “AAAA”, it is recommended to go boating on the river Tuo, where a ticket costs 30 yuan (about $ 4), and take a walk on the city walls. It is worth visiting the ancient city museum, which shows furniture, household items and goods, and to look into the former residence of Xiong Xiling Chinese ruler and famous writer Shen Congwen. Try local snacks and biscuits, prepared before your eyes, it is possible in urban cafe in numerous located on the bank of Tuo River.
South is the Great Wall, which was built from 1554 on 1662 years during the reign of the Ming Dynasty in 20 minutes by car from the city of Fenghuang. Tongren road from the airport to the ancient city of Fenghuang takes 20 minutes by car.
Grand Canyon Zhangjiajie
Grand Canyon Zhangjiajie – a place where there is the long, narrow, and the world’s highest pedestrian bridge with a glass bottom 430 meters and a width of 6 meters. Suspended “glass” bridge, designed by the famous architectural firm of Haim Dotam, located at an altitude of 380 meters. At the beginning of the bridge, where it reaches a width of 12 meters, theatrical performances are held and there are bleachers for three thousand seats. At the bottom of the canyon, you can go down the long stairs to make many kilometers walk along the mountain river, admiring the waterfalls and mountain caves, and “drive” 190 meters of steel ropes above the river and complete the walk, swim across the lake in this Chinese boat. Admission to the territory of the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie, which has very high tourist grade “AAAA”, worth 180 million yuan (about $ 30).
Red Stone Forest
National Park “Red Stone Forest” (Red Rocks National Geopark) was first opened to the public in 2005, and the stones were discovered in 2002. In sunny weather, the nature of these rocks are coal – red. The park laid a lot of paths for walking between the stones and rocks, like forest trees. On the shore of one of the lakes in the park each day passes theatrical performance for tourists. The entrance ticket to the Red Rocks National Geopark, which in 2012 received the highest rating of tourist “AAAA”, worth 148 million yuan (about $ 25). Park “Red Stone Forest” is a two-hour drive from the city of Zhangjiajie.
Suspended Aizhai Bridge
Open to traffic in 2012 Aizhai Bridge – the world’s longest steel suspension bridge. The bridge is named after the ancient city Aizhai located nearby. It is also called “Bridge of Heaven.” Aizhai Bridge has a length between supports 1176 meters and is located at an altitude of 350 meters above the mouth of the mountain river. After the rain, the bridge seemed to hang in the clouds. It is recommended to visit the viewing platform at the beginning of the bridge and take a walk along the pedestrian path under the main bridge. Being part of an expressway from Chongqing to the city of Changsha Aizhai Bridge is a 30-minute drive from the city Jishou.