Zhangjiajie is a growing tourist city and is famous for its unique natural scenery and abundant tourism resources. It is located in the northwest of Hunan province, about 400 kilometers away from Changsha, covering a total area of 9,563 square kilometers with 76% mountainous area. Among the total population of 1.62 million, almost 72% of the people belong to ethic minorities, including Tujia, Bai and Miao nationalities.
Zhangjiajie consists of Yongding and Wulingyuan districts, Cili and Sangzhi counties. Wulingyuan District, also called Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, was listed on the World Natural Heritage Catalogue by UNESCO in 1992, as it boasts the most beautiful natural scenery in China. What is more, Zhangjiajie was awarded the title of "World Geological Park" in 2004 and was honored as "Number-One Miraculous Mountain in the World" and "The Original Manuscript of Chinese Landscape Painting".
The splendid landscape of Zhangjiajie features Quartz Sandstone Peak Forest and Karst Caves, which are rare in the world. Here you will find yourself with hundreds of grotesque peaks, beautiful waters, towering trees, deep valleys, marvelous caves and exuberant forest which constitute a complete primitive ecological park. Indeed, Zhangjiajie is a perfect combination of the beauty of Guilin, the grotesqueness of Yellow Mountain (Mout Huangshan), the peril of Mount Hua and the magnificence of Mount Tai. Therefore, it enjoys the reputation of "an enlarged potted landscape", "a miniature fairyland" as well as "a maze endowed by nature", integrating the characteristics of peace, wildness, mystery, beauty, grotesqueness and elegance.
There are over 300 marvelous scenic spots in Zhangjiajie with Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area as the core, occupying a total area of 397 square kilometers, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, two major Nature Reserves - Tianzi Mountain and Suoxi Valley and the new Yangjiajie Scenic Area. Near the downtown area of Zhangjiajie stands grand Tianmen Mountain called "the Soul of Wuling" and there is a beautiful Maoyan River that enjoys the reputation of "one-hundred-li long painted corridor", a Jiutian Cave named "the number-one cave in Asia" and other charming scenic spots in Wulingyuan. All these natural wonders are worth exploring. In addition, you can take great delight in touring the Puguang Buddhist Temple, Hongjiaguan (Former Residence of Marshal He Long) Tujia Folk Custom Park, the Old Houses and other cultural sites in Zhangjiajie.
After more than twenty years of development, tourism has become the leading industry in Zhangjiajie, with other industries related to tourism also growing rapidly. In the meantime, ecotourism in this city has been greatly developed. When you come to Zhangjiajie, you will enjoy not only magnificent natural scenery but also the appealing folk customs and hospitality of local people as well as other thrilling tourist activities. We are sure that your visit to Zhangjiajie will be really exciting, joyful and unforgettable.