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                      Wuyang River Scenic Area

                      Wuyang River Scenic Area
                      (wǔ yáng hé fēng jǐng qū 舞陽河風景區) is situated along the stretch of Wuyang River that runs through present-day Zhenyuan (zhèn yuǎn 鎮遠), Shibing (shī bǐng 施秉) and Huangping (huáng píng 黃平) Counties in Guizhou Province (guì zhōu shěng 貴州省), a locality rich in history and culture. There are two autonomous prefectures in Guizhou Province, both of which are home to a large indigenous contingent of Miao people, and one of which, Qiandongnan Miao & Dong Autonomous Prefecture (qián dōng nán miáo zú dòng zú zì zhì zhōu 黔東南苗族侗族自治州) located in the southeastern part of Guizhou Province, is also home to Wuyang River Scenic Area.

                      wuyanghe2Like many other beautiful regions in China that have been formed as a result of continental upheaval and subsequent glaciation/ erosion, leaving mountains, rivers and lakes, Wuyang River Scenic Area is marked by just such continental upheaval and glaciation that has left behind a breathtakingly beautiful trail of mountains, deep gorges, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, as well as grotesquely shaped cliff faces and odd rock formations.

                      Wuyang River Scenic Area comprises Mount Yuntai (yún tái shān 云臺山), Feiyun Cliff (fēi yún yá 飛云崖), Tiexi River (tiě xī 鐵溪) Valley and Ancient Walkway, Qinglong Cave (qīng lóng dòng 青龍洞), and Wuyang Three Gorges (wǔ yáng sān xiá 舞陽三峽), which consists of Long Wang Gorge (lóng wáng xiá 龍王峽), East Gorge (dōng xiá 東峽) , and West Gorge (xī xiá 西峽).

                      Mount Yuntai

                      wuyuanhe3Mount Yuntai is located about 15 kilometers north of the town of Shibing. It is characterized by high peaks, steep cliffs, and caves adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. The area around Mount Yuntai is a typical karst landscape, i.e., the bedrock is of carbonate origin, either limestone or dolomite, that erodes unpredictably, leaving pitted stones, some above ground and some in the form of sinkholes, and some of which "pitting" results in caves of varying sizes. Temples, pavilions and remnants of other ancient structures, including stone walls and gates with inscriptions carved upon them dating from the Ming (CE 1368-1644) Dynasty, can be found here, surrounded by dense forest cover. The region is a melting pot of Taoist, Confucianist, and Buddhist beliefs.

                      Location: 15km away from Shibing County
                      Tel: 0855-4227488
                      Opening Hours: 8:00-14:30
                      Admission Fee: CNY 50
                      Transportation: take bus No.11

                      Feiyun Cliff

                      wuyuanhe4Feiyun ("Flying Cloud") Cliff is located at the foot of Mount Dongpo (dōng pō shān 東坡山), roughly 12 kilometers east of the town of Huangping. The cliff itself is highly irregularly shaped (in the form of a cloud, whence the nickname), if not grotesquely pitted, the result no doubt of glaciation and aeons of subsequent erosion. A temple with adjoining pavilions, corridors and archways was built here, the original buildings dating from the Ming Dynasty, as indicated. Because the temple lay on a key route in ancient times, it also served as an inn for passing government officials, artists and scholars, many of whom left inscriptions here as testimony to their visit. The Guizhou Museum of Ethnic Fesitvals, which is the venue for many ethnic festivals in Guizhou Province each year, is located at Feiyun Cliff. There are also permanent displays of ethnic costumes, artworks, musical instruments, articles of worship and various household implements and utensils at the museum.

                      Location: 12km away from Huangping County
                      Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
                      Admission Fee: CNY 30
                      Transportation: take regular bus in Huangping

                      Tiexi River Valley and Ancient Walkway

                      wuyanghe5The Tiexi is a small freestone river that is a tributary to the Wuyang River. It lies in a majestic valley richly adorned with vegetation and boulders, some of the latter of which are grotesquely shaped, as are so many other rock formations in this karst landscape. An ancient walkway, about a 20-minute drive from the town of Zhenyuan, is located along the stream - and crosses it in places. The 3½ hour tour by foot along the ancient walkway offers some spectacular views of the valley floor and the surrounding valley walls, often also grotesquely shaped. The walkway passes a mystical pool of unknown depth called the Dragon Pool that covers about 500 square meters and whose waters, though not specifically fed by hot springs, is warmer than the air, with the result that Dragon Pool is generally enshrouded in a blue-green mist.

                      Location: Zhenyuan County
                      Opening Hours: 8:00-17:30
                      Admission Fee: CNY 50
                      Transportation: take tourist bus, CNY 7 per person.

                      Qinglong Cave

                      wuyanghe6Qinglong ("Black Dragon") Cave is a large complex of temple buildings, some of which are anchored onto the cave-like (concave) cliff faces of Zhonghe Mountain, somewhat reminiscent of the City of Petra in the Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (which city, in contrast, was carved out of the sandstone cliffs of the labyrinthine canyon in Jordan where the uforgettable scene of the pursuit of the Holy Grail – a chalice in this case – took place).

                      Black Dragon Cave comprises Zhongyuan Temple (zhōng yuán chán yuàn 中元禪院), Yuhuang Pavilion (yù yuán gé 玉元閣), Zhusheng Bridge (zhù shèng qiáo 祝圣橋), Ziyang Shuyuan (zǐ yáng shū yuàn 紫陽書院), and Xianglu Palace (xiāng lú yán 香爐巖). Apart from the uniqueness of the manner in which a number of the temple buildings are attached to the cliff faces, which has resulted in a decidedly facade-like aspect of verticality, the architectural style of Black Dragon Cave is simple and austere, blending in with the surrounding landscape in perfect, aesthetic harmony. Black Dragon Cave was granted protection as a key cultural site by the Chinese government in 1988.

                      Location: 0.5km away from Zhenyuan downtown
                      Opening Hours: 8:00-17:30
                      Admission Fee: CNY 60
                      Transportation: take bus

                      Wuyang Three Gorges

                      wuyanghe7Wuyang Three Gorges refers to three time-worn old gorges along the Wuyang River in the southeastern part of Guizhou Province. They constitute the primary natural sightseeing attractions of Wuyang River Scenic Area, and are home to strange, secluded caves, springs that bubble up from the karst bedrock below, stunningly beautiful waterfalls in various dimensions (though they tend to be of the short rather than the tall variety, and narrow rather than broad), and grotesque cliffs barren of vegetation that alternate with steep tree-and-shrub-covered valley walls that narrow and broaden as the river twists and turns along the valley floor. A trip through these beautiful gorges is a mystical experience in itself, and reveals perhaps why so many religious sects from China's ancient past - from Taoists to Confucianists to Buddhists - chose to build monasteries and temples in this spectacularly beautiful setting, so conducive to meditation.

                      Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
                      Admission Fee: CNY 40; Boat: CNY 100
                      Transportation: You can take a train from Guiyang and get off at Zhenyuan County, which will take you a whopping 5 hours - but a 5-hour train ride that will take you through some of the most beautiful natural scenery that you are likely ever to see. If you start from the city of Kaili, the capital of the prefecture, it will only take 2 hours to reach Zhenyuan County.
                      Tips: There are regular buses to the Wuyang Draft Ferry, from where you can take a small ferry boat (it can carry only 4 passengers) on to the city of Zhenyuan. The fare costs 40 yuan per person and lasts roughly an hour.