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 Things To Do & Hunan Cuisine

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

The glass-bottom bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is the longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in the world. The bridge spans two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area. It stretches 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. The thrilling bridge is an architecture wonder designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan. The bridge floor is all made up of transparent glass. Standing on the bridge, travelers can get a panoramic view of the majestic Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon under your feet. In the middle of the bridge, there is a bungee jump platform, where you can try the highest bungee jumping in the world. What an exciting experience.

Tujia Ethnic Folk Garden

Tujia Ethnic Folk Garden is a tourist spot that displays the classic buildings, folk customs, food, dance of Tujia ethnic minority. It is converted from the previous castle of Tu Si(appointing national minority hereditary headmen in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties) of Tujia ethnic minority. Here you would get to learn what kind of house that Tujia people used to live in - stilted building of Tujia nationality(Diaojiaolou), traditional customs of wedding ceremony and wild Tujia dancing. Diaojiaolou are very functional and similar to those of the Miao. On the lower floor is for raising livestock; while the living rooms and bedrooms are kept upstairs. This design focuses on the use of small rooms but is also well ventilated, damp-proof and clean. The largest and tallest wooden stilted building is right inside the garden. And if you come in the right time, you may catch a chance to see the traditional of Tujia nationality - Mao Gu Si Dance.

When you step into the garden, the first thing coming to your eye is a stone building. Passing by the stone you will reach a small square. In its south is the hall for worship, where is dedicated to ancestors of Tujia nationality of this area. You can see a tall golden statue, stone tripods, dragon pillars and other sacrificial offerings.

In the square in the front of the worship hall, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy performances of the Tujia ethnic customs, which is scheduled at 10:00am and 16:00pm daily. The performances include Mao Gu Si dance, copper bell dance, waving dance, Daliuzi(beating symbals of Tujia nationality), etc.

Guigu Plank Road

The Guigu Plank Road is a famous spot of Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie. It is famous for its hanging along the cliff line of the Ghost Cave. The length of the path is 1600m with an average elevation of 1400m. The path starts from Yihong pass and ends at small Tianmen Gate. The path is different with others as it is not located neither on the top of the cliff, nor the side of the cliff, but in the middle of bottomless cliff, giving tourists a feeling of excitement and surprise.

Standing on the Guigu Plank Road to overlook the mountains, you will get a bird's-eye view of the Tianmen Mountain. As Tianmen Mountain is a national forest park, it has a variety of plants, adding its typical karst landform, you will find as if you are flying across tropical rain forest valley in a helicopter, just like the movie scene.

Influenced by the elevation and airflow, birds can’t reach the parallel positions of the path. Hence, standing here, the cliff fall away at our feet and we can see borderless green field and playful birds and eagles flying in the valley. Closing you eyes with heart’s beating and opened arms, you will experience a most wonderful and exciting ‘natural SPA’.

If it is before or after raining, the path will be full of mist and cloud, just like walking in a fairyland. There is a suspension bridge between two cliffs in the end of the path which has a length of 160 meters. Also, there is a glass platform on the highest point of the path, where if you dare to draw yourself up and stretch your arms, you will be a real warrior.

Bailong Elevator

Bailong Elevator or Hundred Dragons Elevator is located in Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie which is one of the World Natural Heritage. The main equipment of Bailong Elevator was designed and produced by Rangger Elevator Company from German, costing 180 million yuan. The elevator was listed into the Guinness World Records, because it is honored as “the highest, the fastest, largest-loaded elevator in the world". In April, 2013, Bailong Elevator along with German aquarium elevator, American arches elevator and other elevators is ranked as one of the top 11creative elevators. It is the only elevator in China on the list.

Bailong Elevator is very magnificent. The total height of it is 335 meters, of which the running height is 326 meters. 154 meters of the total height is in the mountain wells and the rest of 172 meters was composed of steel derrick and other components. The Elevator includes three exposure sightseeing elevators running parallelly. Each elevator can take 50 passengers every time and the speed is 3 m / s. If the three elevators run simultaneously, the amount of one-way passengers will reach 4,000 per hour.

The construction of Bailong Elevator can allow people to “go sightseeing up the mountain during the day, stay down the mountain at night in one day". So it provides convenience in transportation for visitors. Moreover, passengers can appreciate peerless scenery in the elevator, including World Bridge of Yuanjiajie, Wulong village and Yangjiajie etc. The elevator integrates Mount Tianzi, Yuanjiajie, Jinbian Stream as a single entity, solving traffic bottlenecks problem in this scenic spot which bothers the visitors for many year.

Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave lies at the eastern end of Wulingyuan Core Scenic Zone, where tourists can find caves contained in caves, rivers hidden in caves and a large number of scenic spots scattered everywhere. It is just like an underground "magical palace", featuring a wide cave, deep and secluded underground rivers, hanging waterfalls and dense stone bamboo shoots, and showing a style of its own.

Yellow Dragon Cave is more beautiful than the outside world. Day or night, without fear of rain or wind, all year long, you can delight in its wonderful scenery. The cave is of good beneficial air circulation, and is cool in the summer and war in the winter. Yellow Dragon Cave is one of the foremost scenic areas in Zhangjiajie and was rated as one of the first 4A National Tourist Attractions in China. Also it has been honored as magical karst cave both in China and in the world.

The most fantastic of which are the Stone Fields Chamber and the Stalagmite Chamber. The stalagmite known as "sacred Needle for Stabilizing the Sea" is unique in China. It is insured for a huge sum and is indeed a miracle of Zhangjiajie's subterranean world.

Yellow Dragon Cave is the longest one in Asia; it is an incomparable realm of gigantic subterranean chambers, fantastic cave formations, and extraordinary features. Today many of the wonders of Yellow dragon cave are well known, yet the experience of exploring its chambers. is every bit as exciting. The cave remained mystic to local villagers before the first caving adventure took place in 1982; they believe it was the holy home for yellow dragon and spirits. Now the routes are well paved and well lighted. Sturdy walking shoes, flashlights, and water are required when you explore the cave.

Tianmen Fox Fairy Musical Show

Tianmen Fox Fairy----the New Story of Woodman Liuhai is known as the world’s first real-scene musical drama with the high mountain and deep valleys as the stage background. Tianmen Fox Fairy was put on at the foot of Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie in September, 2009. The auditorium and main stage occupy a total area of 19880 ㎡. The panoramic stage made of glass steel occupies an area of 10000㎡, which is transparently bright with lighting effect to form a fantastic scene. The performance areas are divided into five parts: central stage, mankind's world on the left, fox's world on the right, the singing platform in the front and the live-action of terrace and Timber Bridge at the back.

Charming Xiangxi Cultural Show

Charming Xiangxi Theatre, which is founded in 2001, is the oldest theatre in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie. After many years' development, it has become a famous tourist and cultural performance entity. This show contains strong distinctive ethnic feature and has enjoyed a high reputation in Hong Kong, China mainland, Taiwan and other Chinese region, as well as South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and other places. Charming Xiangxi Grand Theatre, which can take in 2800 population, is situate in Zhangjiajie World Geopark and Wulingyuan scenic area, where have beautiful scenery and towering peaks. It is simple but elegant, matching with Wulingyuan natural scenery.

Hunan / Tujia Cuisine

Chinese cuisine includes diverse styles originating from the different regions of China. When the chili first made its way to China from the New World, the Hunanese were one of its earliest adopters in the late 17th century. But Hunan food sets itself apart from Sichuanese in two big ways: It doesn't use the tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn, and savory dishes lack the sweetness of their Sichuan counterparts. 

Zhangjiajie is a city gathering a lot of Chinese minorities. Most residences are Tujia Minority people. For the Tujia people, their daily diet mostly consists of: rice, millet, corn, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and various mixtures of these. They prepare their meals in a variety of cooking containers: pots, steamers, and bamboo cookers. They like hot, vinegary, pickled and bacon food. Your guide will take you to the local characteristic restaurants to taste the special local food.