Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

Suoxiyu Nature Reserve

Covering a total area of over 180 square kilometres, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve is located in the northeastern of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.Connected with the Golden Whip Stream, the stream flows through the mountain gully; and many high peaks in various forms on both sides of gully shrouded in drifting mist look like a group of nature sculptures. Unlike the solitary stone monoliths of Zhangjiajie, the mountains of Suoxiyu stretch out one after another, like an unfolding scroll of a Chinese painting. However, in the east, there is a collection of caves, for example, Yellow Dragon Cave and Goddess Cave. These are caves made of limestone.


Besides the rock formations and beautiful rivers and streams, a distinct feature of Suoxiyu is its bridges and caves. Constructed on cliffs, the bridges are noted for their risky location. Most of them were built by hand of blocks of rocks chiseled to dovetail perfectly together. The limestone caves create fascinating underground palaces. Altogether there are 59 of them, many full of odd and unique shaped stalactites and stalagmites.


In terms of rare animals, Suoxiyu boasts more than 20 species, such as leopards, pangolins, and giant salamanders. There are more than 20 groups of rhesus monkeys with their total number reaching to 1,000. According to scientific statistics, trees here have 93 families, 208 genus, and 679 species in all. Among them, those that are under national special protection reach to 19 species. Wild medicinal herbs are extraordinarily rich. There are 500 species in all.

Ten-mile Natural Gallery

Ten-mile Natural Gallery is located in the northwestern part of Suoxigu Natural Reserve, at the foot of Tianzi Mountain. It is about 5.8 kilometers in length. With a stream flowing through, and the peaks on both sides of the valley shape, it forms natural sculptures. The Herb Collecting Old Man and Immortals Worshipping Guanyin are the most spectacular. Ten-mile Natural Gallery has picturesque scenery, beautiful flowers and a hundred birds contend in singing. The sceneries in this scenic area have strange shapes. The quartz sandstone peaks hidden in the clouds changes a lot which look like people, God, immortal, forest, birds or beasts. As early as the Ming dynasty, someone had written beautiful lines "people swimming in the gorge like drawing the picture" . As a sculpture master, the nature, has created the world's rarities, fairy-tale world and mysterious world in Ten-mile Natural Gallery which takes the cake for Chinese and foreign tourists.In end point of the Ten-mile Natural Gallery, the right front mountain is called "Wolong Ridge" which is the link of the essence tour connecting Tianzishan and Ten-mile Natural Gallery. Right ahead there are three peaks standing side by side are called the "Three Sisters". You see, the left is the eldest sister who has great hair carrying a child ready to return to her family. The middle is the younger sister who takes her baby in her arms to look forward to the safe return of her husband. The right peak humps just like a pregnant woman, this is the little sister who is just married.


How to get there?

1.By Bus: About 5minutes driving from the Spot of Shuirao Simen,and 20minutes driving from the entrance gate of Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

2.By Trams:You can cost 10USD to take trams when you tour in the Ten -mile Gallery if dislike hiking.

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