Wulingyuan Mountains


Location: Hunan Province Map


Description of Wulingyuan Mountains

Wulingyuan Mountains are unique geologic formations situated in Hunan Province in China.  Wulingyuan Mountains consists of over 3000 tall quartzite sandstone pillars that reach a height of over 800 meters (2600 ft). Deep ravines are cut by erosion from water. The region contains numerous streams, waterfalls and pools. Wulingyuan Mountains contain more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site. Many reach a height over 200 metres (660 ft) in height, along with many ravines and gorges with attractive streams, pools, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Wulingyuan Mountains are famous for over 40 caves, many with large calcite deposits, and two natural bridges, Xianrenqiao (Bridge of the Immortals) and Tianqiashengkong (Bridge Across the Sky). The closest largest city is a Zhangjiajie. In 1992 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



This region is famous for the type of karst formation and for the quartzarenite pillars; of these there are over 3,000, some of which are more than 200 meters high. In addition to the pillars, the area also includes 40 caves, many of them with large calcite deposits, and two natural bridges, Xianrenqiao (the "Bridge of the Immortals") and Tianqiashengkong (the "Bridge spanning the sky").

The area is located in the prefectural city of Zhangjiajie, about 270 kilometers northwest of the Hunan provincial capital, Changsha. Located between 29°16′00″N 110°22′00″E

Coordinates: 29°16′00″N 110°22′00″E (Map)
and 29°24′00″N 110°41′00″E, in 1992 it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Wulingyuan area also contains part of the Wuling Mountains and, in addition to other national parks, contains the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Since 2002 there has been the imposing Bailong elevator, 326 meters high, which allows visitors a particularly spectacular view of this park.



This scenic area covers an area of 396 km² and is made up of three nature reserves: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Chu Khe area, and Thien Tu Mountain including 560 different scenic spots. Vu Lang Nguyen in ancient times was a vast ocean area, quartz, lava and sand were deposited on the coast. Experiencing the complex movement of the Earth's crust and the effect of water erosion has formed a magnificent landscape. A forest of mountains protrudes 243 peaks over 1,000 m high and 34 streams over 2,000 m long. Here, all five nuances are concentrated: majestic, majestic, melancholy, wild and magnificent.

In Vu Lang Nguyen, there are many landscapes that other places do not have. It is Tan Duong Bay on Thien Tu Mountain. It is a large semicircular natural pit with an area of more than 10m². Three sides are steep cliffs, deep holes do not see the bottom, very mysterious.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park with bizarre rock formations, clear blue water and dense forest. So Khe area has deep water ravines, clear spring water, natural caves. Thien Tu Mountain is a dangerous mountain surrounded by dense forests.



The forest in Vu Lang Nguyen has many rare and precious trees. All kinds of precious trees in the world are present here. Trees for timber have 517 species, twice as many trees as in Europe. Vu Lang Nguyen is also a natural zoological garden, especially peacocks with crested cocks, there are red feathered chickens that look very deformed while walking and there are many special local birds found only here. .

Ethnic minority culture
Vu Lang is home to many ethnic minorities, with many unique customs and habits such as the wedding of the Tho Gia ethnic group, the festival on the 8th of April, and the double singing.