The beautiful Tianzi Mountains is a popular tourist attraction in China, thanks to its breathtaking views, picturesque peaks, and meditative surroundings. With over 200 platforms to visit, you won’t run out of places to see when you visit the Tianzi Mountains. However, if you plan to stay in the area for a few days and you don’t want to spend your whole time in the mountains, here are 3 special attractions that you’ll definitely enjoy.
1. Baofeng Lake
Often called a “classical lake,” the alluring Baofeng Lake is a perfect marriage of natural scenery and local culture.
The lake, which has a reflective quality similar to a mirror, is surrounded by emerald green mountains. The water is calm and comes from rainfall, underground streams and mountain springs. This sight is already beautiful in itself, but your eyes will feast on many more landmarks in the area, including the well-known Baofeng Waterfall and the mysterious Fairy Lady Reflected in the Lake. There are about 20 notable spots all around the lake where you can appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature in all of its splendour.
There’s a mysterious temple in the area that you can’t skip. The hidden Baofeng Temple can be found in the Baofeng Lake Scenic Area. This historic temple was built as a place for monks to find isolation and contemplation.
2. Huanglong Cave
The polychromatic Huanglong Cave has everything that you want in a cave and much, much more.
You’ll explore two types of caves — hangdong and shuidong — when you visit Huanglong Cave. Hangdong caves have no water, while shuidong caves contain water. As you go further into the cave, the brilliant and varied colours of the cave will mesmerise you. The colour is due to mineral deposits. You’ll also see stone pillars, stone curtains, stone flowers, stalactites, stalagmites, and many more cave features.
If you’re short on time, be sure to check out the Maze, which is considered as the finest location in the cave. There’s a central dragon throne in the Maze, which is surrounded by many stone pillars and stalagmites.
Diaojiaolou is the name given to the stilted houses of the Tujia people. These houses are supported by wooden pillars and hover above the water.
The Tujia people built these unique houses to protect themselves from the dangers of the swamp water below. Miasma, the highly unpleasant smell of swamp water, is greatly reduced with the help of the stilts. Also, the houses’ high position help the Tujia people avoid the poisonous vegetation and venomous snakes in the water.
The Diaojiaolou structure is definitely a sight to behold, but don’t just stand there and look at this wonder. Take this opportunity to come in for a visit and stay a night or two. Enjoy the fragrant wood scent and the unique experience as you settle in for a good night’s sleep.
These three attractions, along with the views in the Tianzi Mountains, will give you plenty to do and see during your stay in the area. Just be sure to have lots of space available on your camera and in your memory banks for all these amazing sights!