Zhangjiang Scenic Area


Zhangjiang Scenic Area

by Live in Guizhou

Image Source: Xinhua News, 住建部

Zhangjiang Scenic Area, in Libo county, southern Guizhou, covers a vast 273 square kilometers. Best known as a “green gem” gifted to humanity, the national reserve features karst forests interwoven with torrential flows, deep valleys and green mountains. The area is endowed with beautiful raw forests rarely seen in subtropical zones and was thus listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in June 2007.

The area mainly consists of Xiaoqikong (Small Seven-Archway Bridge), Daqikong (Large Seven-Archway Bridge), Shuichun River and Zhangjiang Scenic Belt. Other attractions include Laya Waterfall, Wolong Valley and Yuanyang Lake.

The first two, dubbed “Little Jiuzhaigou,” feature many waterfalls, streams, lakes, forests and caves. The 12-kilometer-long Xiaoqikong Scenic Zone stands out for its delicacy and is highly reputed as a miniature garden. Visitors will marvel at the spectacular sights of the ancient stone bridges from which the attraction got its name.

A rafting trip along the famous Shuichun River is the most exciting and fulfilling challenge for tourists. The river, named after an ancient village of the Buyi people, is 13 kilometers long and over 100 meters high. Apart from refreshing river rafting, it is also famous for the hospitable ethnic cultures of the Shui, Buyi, Miao and Yao ethnic groups.