You cant claim to have come to Zhangjiajie if you dont visit Huangshizhai, (yellow stone stronghold in English) Covering an area of about 250 mu (about 16.7 hectares) at its top, Huangshi Village is approximately 800 meters above the ground, and 1100 meters above sea level averagely. The village is characterized by the overhanging cliffs, high staking platforms, jagged rocks and elegant apexes. And it is reputed as the enlarged potted landscape landscape and miniature fairyland.
Huangshizhai(Yellow stone stronghold) is also called Yellow Lion Village, Yellow Grass Village and the Village of Huang Family. There are many tales and explanations about the origin of the name. Among them, the most popular one is told as below; ZhangLiang, with the official title Liuhou, lived in Qinyan Mountain (former name for Zhangjiajie) in seclusion and made pills of immortality. He did this to avoid the seemingly endless disputes within the imperial government. Unexpectedly, on a certain day, he was found by the government troops and surrounded by them quickly. At this critical moment, fortunately he was saved by his master named Yellow stone Taioist. Because this village is the place that Yellow stone Taoist showed his magic and saved Zhang Liang, it is called Yellow stone stronghold Village.
It is very good for health to hike along the top of Yellow stone stronghold Village. The summits fresh air can not only invigorates your lungs but also rejuvenates your skin. To complete the three kilometers tour takes about two hours. Along the way, numerous fantastic scenes meet the hikers in quick succession: Six Wonders Pavilion, Star Gathering Stage, Five Fingers Peaks, Front Garden, Echo Wall, Heicongnao, Remaining Piers of the Heavenly Bridge, Clouds Drifting Cave, Golden Turtle n the Clouds Sea, to mention just a few.
There are two approaches to tour the place; one is cable way, people take 3 minutes free bus at Laomuwang to Lower Cable Station, then 5 minutes cable to the top of Yellow stone stronghold village. And it will take us 2 hours to take every scenic spot to the top. The other way is hiking, hiking begins at Laomuwang from the front mountain, 3800 steps lead to the top, it will take 2 hours hiking, and 2 hours tour on the top. You can also take one way cable (price: up 48 RMB,down 48 RMB).There is a buffet restaurant on the top of Yellow stone stronghold village.