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UNESCO World Heritage site
The sandstone pillars of Wulingyuan extend hundreds of meters over the valley floor
Official name Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Location Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Criteria Natural: (vii)
Reference 640
Inscription 1992 (16th Session)
Area 26,400 ha (102 sq mi)
Coordinates 29°20′N 110°30′E / 29.333°N 110.500°E / 29.333; 110.500Coordinates: 29°20′N 110°30′E / 29.333°N 110.500°E / 29.333; 110.500
Wulingyuan is located in Hunan
Location of Wulingyuan in Hunan.
Wulingyuan is located in China
Wulingyuan (China)
Wulingyuan (Chinese characters).svg
"Wulingyuan" in Chinese characters
Chinese 武陵源

Wulingyuan ([ù.lǐŋ.ɥɛ̌n]; Chinese: 武陵源) is a scenic and historical site in the Wulingyuan District of south-central China's Hunan Province. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.[1] It is noted for more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site, many over 200 metres (660 ft) in height, along with many ravines and gorges with attractive streams, pools, lakes, rivers and waterfalls.[1] It features 40 caves, many with large calcite deposits, and two natural bridges, Xianrenqiao (Bridge of the Immortals) and Tianqiashengkong (Bridge Across the Sky).[1]

The site is situated between 29°16′0″N 110°22′0″E / 29.26667°N 110.36667°E / 29.26667; 110.36667 and 29°24′0″N 110°41′0″E / 29.40000°N 110.68333°E / 29.40000; 110.68333 in the Zhangjiajie City and lies about 270 kilometres (170 mi) to the northwest of Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. The park covers an area of 690 square kilometers (266 square miles).[2] Wulingyuan forms part of the Wuling Mountain Range. The scenic area consists of four national parks, which are the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and the recently added Yangjiajie Scenic Area. Overall there are over 560 attraction sights to view.[2]

Panorama of the Five Fingers Peak of Huangshizhai
Zhangjiajie River


  1. ^ a b c "Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area". Unesco World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Area". Travel China Guide. 

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