Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot
Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-4
Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot covers 273.1 sq. km, consisting of Xiaoqikong Mandarin Duck Lake, Daqikong Dier Palace, Shuichun River Gorge and scenic belt along Zhangjiang River, containing 58 main scenic spots. It features the Zhangjiang waterscape and expansive forest on the Karst physiognomy. The former includes group of various and majestic waterfalls, green lakes, rolling torrents and trickling brooks, featuring the combination of activity and quietness, strength and softness.
Its forests feature Karst forest, which is completely primitive and concentrative. In this green ocean of poetic profundity exist filler forest, billabong forest, basin forest and rare Karst forest growing on water, which, with the change of seasons, days and nights and different climates of sunshine, rain, fog and snow, presents a gorgeous, refreshing and intriguing sight. Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot is praised as the only well preserved green pearl of the districts in the same latitude of the world.
In the view of a different world and the mysterious, semitropical and primitive Karst forest, water, stones, trees and vines combine perfectly, presenting the harmony and balance of nature. And, Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot has become an ideal place for ecotourism, which leads tourists to retune to nature.
Human landscape in Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot is also very special. Cave burial of Yaolu has been going on until now and is very attractive with its rough, simple and characteristic customs and alien character. In short, the whole Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot combines mountains, water, caves, forests, lakes, waterfalls, stones and gorges together, being beautiful, surprising, quiet, ancient, wild and dangerous.
Built in the 15th Daoguang year of the Qing Dynasty, Xiaoqikong Bridge was made by laying chiseled stones, 10 meters long, 2.2 meters wide and 5 meters high. Rested on seven arches, this stone arch bridge lied in the ancient post road from south Guizhou to Guangxi. The Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot was also named after Xiaoqikong Bridge, where tourists all take photos to keep the attractive sight and their beautiful images.
Mandarin Duck Lake
The subterranean river flows through Karst billabong and produces two Karst pools, Yuan Lake and Yang Lake (Yuan Yang refers to mandarin duck in Chinese), which join with each other and were named Mandarin Duck Lake. The lake covers 13 hectares and is over 40 meters deep. And, tourists can enjoy the charming view when boating in it.
There is a grieving love story hidden here. With her calm appearance, the lake is clear, quiet and graceful. The water looks extraordinarily blue, decorated with reflections of the green trees around it. Through absorbing, reflecting and refracting the light, the surface of the lake shows uneven and changing colors, some part of it as sapphire, some as lilac and some as black rose, which is so blue that it looks purple and is black of a green tint, like the flowing and bewitching glance from lovers.
Sleeping Dragon Pool
Sleeping Dragon Pool is the exit of Sleeping Dragon River, a Karst underground river, which effuses from the bottom of the cliff. Though there is no sign of it on the surface, you can feel the rolling Sleeping Dragon River under the pool through the avalanche-like waterfall rolling down the dam and the flowing water in the dyke.
Around it, stones and trees of strange shapes stand in great numbers; high mountains surround, which makes the pool like an abysm under the ground. Together with the roaring sound of water and the drizzly and fogy weather, everything here associated with the symbol of dragon will make tourists feel like in a lion’s den.
When torrents of water rush down the mountain, waves roll and surge in the pool, like a dragon presenting his power. Normally, Sleeping Dragon Pool, just like a sleeping pretty girl from a humble family, is natural, fresh, quiet and mild, being an ideal place for photography.
Not far from the source of Fangcun River, stands a natural huge rock across the river. Named Tiansheng Bridge and Xianren Bridge also, it is one of the wonders of Karst physiognomy, 60 meters high and 10 meters thick, with an arch of 20 meters wide. The river flows through the bridge and forms waterfall of 2 meters high. Looking up under the arch, tourists will see huge stalactites hanging above. From the cracks in the foot and sides of the bridge, grows grasses and shrubs. Vines and flowers wind around the bridge, which makes it a natural colorful rainbow bridge. Facing the waterfall under the bridge, where the waves are violently surging, small boats must not be close to but stop. Then, people have to climb the dangerous rock with the boat on shoulder. Until being above the waterfall can boats go against the current in the Underground River and between the gorges. With dangers and adventures, the scene offers a different kind of pleasure.
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How to Get There?
1、Take the tourist special train from Guiyang to Mawei at the Guiyang Railway Station, then change bus to Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot. 2、Take passenger car to Libo at the long-distance bus station of Guiyang gymnasium, but the number of runs is limited. Then, take minibus or minivan to Mawei at the price of 6 RMB per person and enter the Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot from its eastern gate. 3、Take train or bus from Guiyang to Duyun or Dushan and change bus to Libo. Then, take minivan at the bus station to Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot, which takes 30 minutes and 6 RMB per person. And, the Daqikong Scenic Spot is on the way. 4、If there are many people traveling together, it is considerable to charter a bus from Libo to Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot, which will make it possible to stop to take photos of the beautiful scene of Zhangjiang on the way. There are through highways to various attractions in the scenic spot, which will make travel very convenient. 5、The last Regular bus from Libo to Mawei will arrive at Xiaoqikong at about 16:00 everyday, it takes 1.5 hours and 10 RMB per person. Further more, the regular bus will certainly go through the scenic spot, so tourists can enjoy the scene on the way meanwhile. 6、Charter a middle bus from Xiaoqikong to Mawei, 180 RMB. 7、Take regular bus from Xiaoqikong to Daqikong, 3 RMB per person.
At the gate of the scenic spot, there are several hotels, which are quite considerable for being cheaper than the ones inside. However, keep it in your mind to register with your ticket at the exit of Xiaoqikong to avoid buying ticket again when entering the scenic spot the next day.
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