In Muyu's main street
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Elevation||1,216 m (3,990 ft)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Muyu (simplified Chinese: 木鱼; traditional Chinese: 木魚; pinyin: Mùyú; literally, "Wooden fish"; sometimes also 木鱼坪, Muyuping) is a town in Shennongjia Forestry District, in the west of Hubei province, People's Republic of China. Located on China National Highway 209, it is the main population and services center of the southern part of the district.
The town is stretched along the upper course of Xiang Stream (Xiang Xi) (or perhaps one of its tributaries), which flows from Shennongjia mountains southeast toward the Yangtze. The river valley is paralleled by China National Highway 209.
Serving as the natural "gateway" to Shennongjia National Nature Reserve (the entry to which is at Yazikou Junction, some 10 to 15 kilometres (6.2 to 9.3 mi) north of Muyu), Muyu and its vicinity is the location of most of the hotels and tourist services in the southern part of Shennongjia. Regular minibus service connects it to Yichang and Maoping (Zigui County). There is also less-regular shuttle van service north, to Songbai town (the seat of government of Shennongjia District) and Shiyan; but the road north (beyond Yazikou Junction) is still "unimproved" (as of 2009), and, moreover, that part of Shennongjia is closed to foreigners.
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