Last updated by wowkie at 2014/10/28
Baofeng Lake and the area immediately surrounding it offer pristinely beautiful natural scenery. Being located high up in the mountains, the lake catches some of the first and purest runoff water from the mountain peaks. Its height also guarantees an air freshness not found around lakes at lower altitudes. Baofeng Lake is bordered by lush green trees and shrub-clad stone peaks of various shapes that enclose the lake and give it a fairytale-like atmosphere. Indeed, Baofeng Lake is a reservoir, with a dam enclosing its waters, not for the purpose of power generation, but for the purpose of crop irrigation.
Nearby Mount Baofeng, with an elevation of over 1200 meters above sea level, points straight up to the sky. Yingwo Stockade Village, a former military outpost atop the mountain, is strategically located in terrain that offers only difficult access. However, the ascent is worth it, for upon reaching the top of the mountain, one has a marvellous view of all the smaller peaks below (one understands well why this spot was chosen as a military outpost in ancient times, as defending it was easy).
Baofeng Temple is also located within Baofeng Lake Scenic Area, discreetly hidden in among the surrounding verdure. It is an old, graceful temple, constructed for monks in search of isolation in order better to devote themselves to contemplation.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area certainly boasts other spectacularly beautiful sites, but Baofeng Lake, with its deep, serene waters and its fairytale-like, pristine surroundings, ranks among the top attractions of Wulingyuan. As is typical for Chinese architects of old, manmade structures that must necessarily intrude on such a uniquely beautiful landscape have been erected with a minimum of violence, as it were, to the work of mother nature.
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How to Get There?
From Zhangjiajie, you can take a bus to Wuling Yuan Town. From Wuling Yuan Town you will have to proceed to Beofeng Lake either by rented automobile, or, if you are a group, by minivan.
1) The best time for a visit, if you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains silhouetted in the lake (who doesn't?!), is in April and May or August and September, skipping the hottest months, June and July. The weather at the periods in question is fine, with moderate temperatures.
2) Regarding the culinary offerings, there are a number of local dishes that are a specialty in the restaurants and other eateries of Baofeng Lake Scenic Area, though standard national dishes are served as well.
3) Shoppers should note that one can find lots of local handiwork here, as well as souvenirs to remember the area by.
4) Regarding accommodations, there are a number of good, moderately-priced hotels in the area such as Baofeng Hotel and Baofeng Mountain Villa.
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