Last Visit in January 2004
This area is the highlight of the 5-day tour that encompassed a 1.5 day bus ride from Hong Kong. It was quite cold and saw snow fall atop the mountains. Here's a photo of a Chinese girl dressed up in the local Tujia minority costume.
Here's a closeup view of Helong Park's overlook into the Imperial Writing Brush Peaks. I feel this is the best vantage point of the mountains in Zhangjiajie.
An elderly woman looking at the cablecars whisked up atop Tian Zhi Mountain. Be warned that some areas froze over and the surface has become quite slippery. I've seen a number of people fall flat on their bottom due to "black" ice. To combat this, some people buy "grass" shoes to minimize the chance of falling on the icy surface.
The Tujia minority is the main minority group in this region of Hunan province. Many shops and eateries dot the many attractions around Zhangjiajie.
Here's a funky little swing that can accomodate up to 4 people! It's more like a mini ferris wheel!
This is the main entrance to Huangshi Village and its cableway. It was quite chilly early in the morning with temp. -2C.
If you're lazy while walking through Golden Whip Brook, get two guys to carry you on their shoulders like this!
After admiring the grand view of Imperial Writing Brush Peaks, you will see this beautiful pagoda. Within the pagoda you can experience local Tujia delicacies such as boiled potatoes in soya sauce and spicy skewered chicken. These snacks are more inviting than the meals they serve in restaurants!