Wulingyuan is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for scenic beauty and lies in the Zhangjiajie City, about 270 kilometers from Changsha which is the capital of Hunan Province of China.
The site is a section of the Wuling Range and famous for about 3,100 tall quartzite pillars made of sandstone, the height of some pillars are 2,600 ft or more and are usually karst formations.
You will find around 3,000 quartzite limestone rock pinnacles spread all over the vast area and some of them reaching the height of 20 story buildings. Each rock pinnacle is distinctively shaped with few even bear a resemblance to animals and objects. In all, in this site, what you see is much more than just rock formations.
Wulingyuan offers a number of interesting sights along with interesting activities to its visitors. Once you are in the region, you can see the panoramic landscape from the summit of Mount Tianzi which is accessible by cable car or trail, hike along the pictorial golden Whip river or trek in the subtropical forest of Wulingyuan. Other interesting things you can do are take a tour to the Huanglong Cave, pay a visit to the ethnic Tujia villages and hire a cruise to move around the picturesque Baofeng Lake. You will get to see the ravines and gorges between some peaks with numerous picturesque streams and pools and two huge natural bridges.
The best time to visit the site is during the months of April and May and during September and October. During your trip, you are highly recommended to visit the Suoxi Valley or trek in the Tianzi Mountains or the Zhangjiajie national forest park that is the home to some endangered plant as well as animal species, to experience a truly spectacular view.