Libo Zhangjian Scenic Area

The Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area lies in the southwest of Libo County and the southeast edge of Guizhou Province. It occupies an area of 270 square kilometers with 58 main scenic spots including Xiaoqikong (Seven Small Holes) Scenic Spot, Daqikong (Seven Big Holes) Scenic Spot, Maolan Karst Virgin Forest Conservation Zone and so on. Among them, Xiaoqilong Scenic Spot is the most beautiful and famous one.

Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot
Xiaoqikong is named after a 40-meter-long bridge with seven arches that look like seven holes. It was built in 1835 in Qing dynasty upon Xiangshui River. The charming natural sceneries have earned a reputation for itself and it first opened to tourists in 1989. This beautiful spot lies in a narrow, long and quiet valley about 12 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide.
Xiaoqikong Scenic Spot is teemed with picturesque mountains, verdant trees, lakes, springs, waterfalls and other natural beauties. It possesses many stunning attractions including Mandarin Duck Lake, Xiangshui River, Wild Boar Forest, the Valley of Terror, the Water Forest, Yongji Spring, A-Dragon-Teasing-Nine-Pearls, the Flying-Cloud Cave and the 68-step Dieshui Waterfall.
Different from ordinary rivers or lakes, the water in the pool is dark green. As mountains and trees were reflected in the water, a picture was created that displayed a tranquil scene like in a traditional Chinese painting. The one kilometer long Gurgling River is endowed with 68 water drops or waterfalls with a total drop in elevation of 40 meters. Among the numerous stalactite caves, Tianzhong Cave stands out prominently with its particular exotic scenery. The mandarin duck in the lake; the trees growing in the stone; the wild animals running in the mountain and the twiddle of the birds all together paint a lovely picture of the tranquil and natural place.

Daqikong Scenic Spot
Daqikong is a wider but shorter stone bridge compares with its sister bridge Xiaoqikong. It was original built in 1847 in Qing dynasty and rebuilt in 30 years later and was called Shuangxi Bridge at that time.
There are many karst caves, cliffs, waterfalls, springs and rivers flowing through this scenic area. The marvelous spectacle in this area is the "Tiansheng Bridge", which also called the "Immortal Bridge". It is a natural karst formed rock bridge bestride on two mountains. Seeing at the lower place, it just as the "Oriental Triumphal Arch" which built by nature. A river flowing through the bridge and forms a two-meter high waterfall. The colorful flowers, green trees and brushwood add more natural and tranquil elements to this charming place.

Maolan Karst Virgin Forest National Nature Reserve
Maolan Karst Virgin Forest National Nature Reserve has an area about 200 square kilometers. It was founded in 1975 and was ranked as a national nature reserve in 1988. The nature reserve occupies a magnificent view with many picturesque trees that grow on the stones, caves, peculiar rocks, waterfalls, limpid springs and other natural spots. It has great value on the research of the ecosystem, geology and the wildlife protection. It is also a famous tourist attraction which provides a natural landscape with mystery and charm to the visitors.
Maolan Karst Virgin Forest National Nature Reserve lies in the subtropical zone. The temperate climate and abundant rainfall supply favorable conditions to the growth of the vegetation. There are more than 40 new species of plants and over 500 vertebrates and insects found in here. Ginkgo, China tulip, yew, podocarpus, Libo bamboo and some other rare trees are well-growth in the land and wild animals such as rhesus monkeys, musk deer, South China tigers, various amphibians, reptiles, silver pheasant all take the land as their natural habitation.

Ethnic Groups
Natural scenes are not the only local assets. The Libo County, where 90 percent of its population is minorities, is rich in cultural heritage. Shui and Yao are the main ethnic groups living in Libo. Each of them has its characteristics and unique customs.
The Shui people have its unique language Shui Shu. Among the 55 majority groups in China, only 17 possess their own language. So it is very precious and has great value on the research of the archeology, history and the ancient culture.
The Yao people are very hospitable. They offer the rice wine that brewed by themselves and the delicious local food to the visitors. Far away from the modern society, they are very kind and live in a simple life like their ancestors.

With abundant natural resources and ethnic cultures, the Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area is a wonderland especially for those people from the urban area. It is an unspoiled place where you can breath the fresh air and embrace the nature. You can release yourself in this remote countryside and find the calm and peace of the inner world. Characterized by its wildness, particularity and beauty, it is an excellent place for ecological study tour and adventure tour.

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