- China.org.cn, April 22, 2015
The city of Zhangjiajie, located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, has a population of 1.7 million. Its area of 9,516 square kilometers consists of Yongding and Wulingyuan districts, Cili County and Sangzhi County. The city enjoys a subtropical moist mountain climate that is ideal for visitors looking for a place to spend a holiday.
Tianzi Mountain in Zhangjiajie[Photo/China.org.cn]
Tourism is the city's main industry. The world-famous Wulingyuan Scenic Area natural heritage site was named a World Natural Heritage Site by the UNESCO in December 1992. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is known as China's first national forest park and is home to a variety of natural features including mountains, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls interwoven with each other to form a magnificent wonderland. The area also has abundant animal and plant life.
Zhangjiajie is also inhabited by more than 33 ethnic groups, including the Tujia, Miao and Bai. The multiple cultures and different customs of the area's many ethnic groups are blended with each other. Ancient houses made of wood or bamboo supported on stilts, vigorous drum dances and melodious folk songs are among the prime tourist attractions here. Zhangjiajie's majestic landscape, clear water, fresh air and pristine folk customs attract Chinese and foreign visitors alike.
The city's GDP reached 41 billion yuan, up 10.7 percent over 2013.