Tianmen Mountain is an integrated synclinal geological unit which has the landform of middle-mountain karst platform with peak groups and canyons. The top of Tianmen mountain is a cliff sight of karst platform. The karst hillocks and karrens spread wildly to form wonders of stone forests in the air. Moreover, with moss spreading all over the ground, wild vines twining and twisting, what come into sight are natural bonsais like grand gardens which were as if created by the immortals. The tourists can relish the natural wonders and feel the miracles of the Creator to their hearts\' content.
Tianmen Mountain Cableway, the longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world, has 98 cars and 57 brackets altogether (including 3 rescuing brackets), all of which are original imported facilities from POMA, the French corporation. The cableway has a total length of 7455 meters and a height gap of 1279 meters. It is one of the few cable cars within China with a height gap over 1000 meters. The local gradient from the middle station to the upper station is as high as 37 degrees, which is rare in the world. It is the cableway with the largest local gradient as well as one with most brackets in China.
The stilt house (Diaojiao House), a kind of folk residence built on the stilts of different heights, is usually built beside the river or in steep mountain areas. The stilt house is usually divided into two parts, the front part and the rear part. The front part is a storied building built on the ground and similar to the fence-style building, while the rear part is a bungalow. In front of the house is a corridor formed by wood balusters with a height of about 1 meter. Suspended windows were equipped in some houses for rest and enjoying cool. Sundries can be stored under the floor, and, by this, the space is utilized smartly. The space of the stilt house is arranged facilely in various shapes. The shortage of construction land is relatively relieved, for the stilt house makes use of the hillside or river, which is originally not suitable for building houses. Furthermore, it has the advantages of aeration, moisture-proof, viper defense, and wild animal defense.The west area of Hunan Province of China is a mountainous area in which many ethnic groups live, including Han, Tujia, Miao, Hui, Yao, Dong, Zhuang, etc. In this area, the chain of mountains runs up and down, rivers densely distributed, and trees abundant. The unique geographic environment, together with the condition that many ethnic groups live here, has given birth to the Xiangxi (the west area of Hunan Province) stilt house which is unique, elegant, close to rivers and mountains, and abundant in trees.The integration of cultures of various ethnic groups has endowed the Xiangxi stilt house with rich and diversified cultural connotations. For example, the stilt house of Tujia ethnic minority embodies the universal view of the coexistence of human and God. And the Dong people like to beautify the environment through such measures as carving the chapiters of the house into bamboo shape, and carving flower patterns on the banisters of the corridor. Moreover, the stilt houses of other ethnic minorities have their own distinctive features.
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2010-10-04 The Zixia Taoist Temple, with a history of about 500 years, was first built in the Ming Dynasty. In 1992, it was restored and expanded with the funds of Zhangjiajie government.There are over 30 large and small halls in the temple, including 5 halls, 3 palaces, 2 kiosks, 2 temples and 1 tower, and the scenic spots of Eight Immortal Mountain, Footprint Stone of Immortal, and Chinese One Heart Lock, etc.The group of buildings in the Zixia Taoism Temple looks magnificent and spending. It is mainly used for worship the Gods of Taoism. Zixia Taoism Temple has been honored “No.1 Taoism Temple in West Hunan”.It is a place of religion interest of long history and long standing culture, and it will welcome the guests all around the world coming here for touring or worship with its intensive Taoism culture and beautiful historic scenery.
Zhangjiajie is a rising tourist city famous for its unique natural scenery and abundant tourism resources. It is located in the northwest of Hunan province, about 400 kilometers away from Changsha, capital of Hunan, covering a total area of 9,563 square kilometers, ofwhich 76% are mountainous area. Out of its total population of 1.62 million,
This famous tourist attraction of the Chinese revolution is located in a compound on Jiefang Road in downtown Zhangjiajie. The rooms on the eastern side are the former living quarters of Ren Bishi, He Long and Xiao Ke. Those on the southern side are exhibition halls. The building on the western side used to be an auditorium of the Hunan-Hubei-Sichuan-Guizhou Provincial CPC Committee, and the rooms on the northern side served as the offices of the Hunan-Hubei-Sichuan-Guizhou Provincial Military Command.Transport: The museum can be reached by public bus No.7Tel: (86)744-8224430Admission(for reference): RMB 28 yuan/adultOpening hours: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m
Xiuhuashanguan is the first Tujia people’s museum in China. The long mysterious culture and the rich special national customs are combined harmoniously, they were called as “the miniature of West-Hunan culture” and “the spirit of Tujia nationality”. The collections add up to 15,088 pieces, especially well-known for the Tujia bed carved with flowers and the colorful stone sculpture in Ming dynasty. It is worthy of the name “ Tujia dynamic museum” and welcomed by the tourists from all over the world.
Established in 1996, He Long Memorial Hall is on show with various periods of 337 pictures and 138 cultural relics and documents of the life of He Long, which are divided into five parts: firm ambition of saving the nation and the people, a great proletarian militarist, a distinguished founder of new China’s sport cause, an important leader of the army and the national defense.--- Revolutionary travel.