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Wulingyuan National Park, Zhangjiajie
Wulingyuan National Park, Zhangjiajie
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Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a landscape of spectacular natural beauty in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.

Wulingyuan is part of the Wuling Mountains of central China. The Wulingyuan Scenic Area stretches over an area of 26,000 hectares, and includes the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

The outstanding feature of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park are the 3,000 narrow sandstone pillars and peaks, some of which are over 200 meters tall, along with deep valleys and gullies.

The Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 16th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Santa Fe, the United States, on 7-14 December, 1992. In 1994 the Zhangjiajie name was adopted for the National Forest Park. Zhangjiajie translates as the Zhang Family Homeland, and conveys the idea of opening the family door to the world.

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Zhangjiajie River, Wulingyuan National Park
Zhangjiajie River, Wulingyuan National Park
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Zhangjiajie, China
Zhangjiajie, China
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 29 20 E 110 30 in Wulingyuan District, City of Dayong, Hunan Province, China
Inscription Year: 1992
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII

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Visiting Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Wulingyuan is 250 km (155 miles) to the northwest of the city of Changsha. Fly to the domestic airport of Zhangjiajie City. From Zhangjiajie City, take a minibus to the village of Zhangjiajie Cun, at the entrance to Wulingyuan National Park.

Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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