You can not see such mountains in any other place of the world. There are more than 3,000 narrow sandstone pillars and peaks, many over 200 m high. Between the peaks lie ravines and gorges with streams, pools and waterfalls, some 40 caves, and two large natural bridges.
Where is it: Wulingyuan Scenic Area,located in Zhangjiajie City, western Hunan Province
What to do : Watching the sunrise, smelling the flowers ,river tracing, enjoying the scenery and watching monkeys, staying overnights, etc.
How to get there: It takes 3.5 hours for traveling from Changsha, the provincial capital, on superhighway to reach this place. Changsha City → Changsha-Zhangjiajie Expressway → Zhangci Road → Yanglong Road → Huanglong Road → Wuling Road. Tourists can also take direct flights to Zhangjiajie Lotus Airport and later taking car there.
Recommended spots nearby: Baofeng Lake, Huanglong Cave, Tianmenshan Mountain
Tianmenshan Mountain, Source: Photo.rednet.cn
Blue sky, white clouds, clear water and sand beaches of Qianlong Lake make it the view as sea shore's, if one does not notices that it is a lake with an islet.
The whole area of Qianlong Lake Eco-tourism Resort is large, you may pick vegetables, go sailing and fishing, and stay leisurely for the accommodation with gymnasium, spa and sauna. Summer is the right season of lavender blooming, grapes and dragon fruit ripening.
Where is Qianlong Lake : Wangcheng District, Changsha City
What to do : sight seeing, picking fruits and vegetables , fishing, taking motorboat, water skiing, camping.
How to get there? : Changsha City → Yuelu Avenue → Lei Feng Avenue → Lei Feng North Road → Qianlong Lake Avenue → X070 Road. It takes about 40 minutes from Changsha Municipal Government to there by driving a car.
Recommended spots nearby: Tongguan kiln, Jinggang Town, Qiaokou Fishing Town[Cool Hunan in Summer] Via Ferrata in Donghuzhai
Via Ferrata is Italian for “iron road”.The modern via ferrata is a steel cable that runs along the route and is periodically fixed to the rock, which prevents climbers from falling. Additional climbing aids are also used, such as iron rungs, steps, ladders, and bridges.
Donghuzhai Scenic Area, located in Tankeng Village of Xiushui County at the junction of Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei Provinces, covers the total area of about 14,400 acres and 20 km away from Daqing-Guangzhou expressway. It is famed with waterfalls, grotto, and cliffs with rich vegetation and jungle.
Paiya Mountain (排牙山), a state-owned forest,was upgraded as a national forest park by the end of 2015. It still retains its most simple scenery as a 10 million-acre virgin forest, with pear tree flowers in spring and cool woods of metasequoia in summer.
Address: Jingzhou Miao and Dong autonomous County in Huaihua, Hunan Province
What to do?: Camping or Bike-riding
How to get there: Changsha → Changsha-Shaoshan-Loudi Expressway→ Erenhot–Guangzhou Expresswa → Shanghai-Kunming Expressway → Baotou-Maoming expressway → Jingzhou Ring Road → S222 Road. The total trip will cost 5.5 hours by automobile driving starting from Changsha; 2 hours starting from Huaihua South High-speed Rail Station; 1.5 hours starting from Guizhou Liping Airport; 18 minutes starting from Jingzhou County.
More places to go nearby:
In addition to Paiya Mountain, you may also go to Disun Miao Village (地笋苗寨) and Yanjiao Dong Village(岩脚侗寨)a few days for experiencing Miao’s and Dong’s culture specially their drink oil tea and Miao folk songs.
Disun Miao Village (地笋苗寨), located within Sanqiu Township (三锹乡), southwest of Huaihua City, Hunan Province is a birthplace of Geteng (歌鼟), the first intangible cultural heritage with ethnic minority features.
Disun Miao Village
Yanjiao Dong Village (岩脚侗寨), the 4A national scenic area, is located in Zhaiya Township, Jinzhou County, southwest Hunan Province. There are 1,420 Dong people in the village. With over 1,200 years history, Yanjiao Dong Village is praised as "Girls Country along Silk Road" hidden in mountainous of West Hunan Province.
Yanjiao Dong Village