Wulingyuan, must-visit scenic area in Zhangjiajie

By Li Liandi | Updated : Dec 07, 2021
Wulingyuan is located in the hinterland of Wuling Mountains in northwestern Hunan and the middle and upper reaches of Lishui River. It covers an area of 397.58 square kilometers and is 32 kilometers away from the downtown areas. With rich tourist resources, it’s a national famous scenic area including Zhangjiajie, Suoxi Valley and Tianzi Mountain.

Must-visit scenic area

Wulingyuan Core Scenic Area is located in the hinterland of Wuling Mountains, surrounded by dangerous cliffs and lush peaks. The scenic area consists of Zhangjiajie, Suoxi Valley, Tianzi Mountain and Yangjiajie.

Wulingyuan is a rare sandstone peak forest landform in the world. There are stone pillars, cliffs, ancient trees, clouds, waterfalls, rare birds and animals. Stepping in here just makes you feel like being in a magical world or an interesting natural art landscape corridor.   

Wulingyuan is famous for its peculiar peaks, grotesque rocks, deep valleys, clear waters and karst caves. There are many beautiful scenic spots, including Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Stream, Shentang Bay, Ten-mile Gallery.

Many movie scenes weree shot in Wulingyuan core scenic area. For example, Ten-mile Gallery is the shooting place of Monster Hunt, a fantasy film. Golden Whip Stream is the shooting place of Journey to the West and the habitat of giant salamanders. Yangjiajie is the former residence of bandits and the shooting place of Wipe Out the Bandits of Western Hunan. And Yuanjiajie is the shooting place of Avatar. 

Besides the core scenic spot, tourists can go to Xibu Gourmet Street, Huanglong Cave Scenic Spot, Zixia Temple and others.

Cultural performances

In Wulingyuan District, you can appreciate beautiful scenery at the day and watch wonderful performances at night.

“Charming Xiangxi” Theatre is located in Charming Xiangxi International Culture Plaza of Wulingyuan core scenic area. The plaza covers an area of 2.08 hectares, with 2,800 seats in the theatre. Every night, the theatre is full of people and the performance is highly appreciated by the audience.
Over the years, the performance has made continuous innovation in inheriting and protecting minority culture, and its quality has achieved a new leap. The performance shows the folk customs of Tujia, Miao and other ethnic minorities in Zhangjiajie, including Lampstand Made by Coriaria Branches, Driving Dead Body, Maogusi Dance and Crying Marriage.

“Zhangjiajie’s Eternal Love” combines the history, culture and legend of Zhangjiajie, which consists of profound changes in the world, the fairyland of Wulingyuan, legend of Tianzi Mountain, Past stories in the small town, Masang Tree and Love in Xiangxi.

The performance uses the most advanced stage machinery and technology to allow the audience to enjoy the primitive, mysterious and cultural beauty of Zhangjiajie.
“Fantasy Zhangjiajie” is a professional and original folk drama centered on promoting local culture. Since its establishment, it has been exploring the essence of Zhangjiajie’s local culture and vividly displaying it with superb artistic methods, so the audience can fully understand the local customs of Zhangjiajie. Here, tourists can deeply understand the ethnic culture of western Hunan and as well enjoy exquisite artistic performances and moving folk songs without understanding the local culture.

In Huanglong Cave Drama Valley, tourists can watch the red drama “Little Opera Fan Tian Han” to understand the revolutionary martyr’s patriotism in vivid and profound ideological and political lessons.

At the same time, tourists can watch tie-dyeing, batik, rubbings, shadow play and other skills of intangible heritage in the manual workshop, and play the non-player characters in Drama Corridor. Episodes from The Old Man and the Sea, Mulan and other dramas attract visitors to stop, participate and interact, so as to experience the charm of the drama closely.

Folk culture

In recent years, “tourism plus culture” in Wulingyuan District has developed vigorously. Based on its ecological advantages, the district integrates folk customs, culture and tourism to promote the vigorous development of “tourism plus culture”.

In the urban area, it has created many tourism performances such as “Charming Xiangxi”, “Zhangjiajie’s Eternal Love” and “Fantasy Zhangjiajie”, and built a tourism mode of “visiting beautiful scenery in the day and watching performances at night”, attracting tens of millions of tourists at home and abroad.

It has built Xibu Street, a cultural tourism block, integrating five folk customs bar streets of Tujia, Miao, Bai, Dong and Yao nationalities, western Hunan folk custom shopping street and homestay inns, which have been favored by tourists.


Edited by Li Ling 

2019 Zhangjiajie Bureau of Culture, Tourism, Broadcasting and Sports