Wonders of Nature: Wulong National Geological Park

Wonders of Nature: Wulong National Geological Park

Wulong National Geological Park   Wulong National Geological Park
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Wulong Karst Landscapes National Geological Park (武隆天坑地缝国家地质公园) is one of the largest geological parks in Chongqing. With amazing topography marked by awe-inspiring karst landscapes (landscape shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrocks), the park features a series of dolines, sinkholes, bridges, springs and cascading waters. The park includes three famous attraction spots: Wulong dolines, three karst bridges and Wulong sinkholes/chasms. Wulong boasts the world's largest scale karst bridges and the second largest series of dolines; the underground sinkholes/chasms are equally amazing.

Visitors can ride the elevators zooming down from the cliff tops and witness the three karst bridges in all its grandeur, 100 meters (328 feet) underground. The karst bridges are the main attractions of the park.  Three arched bridges are formed consecutively in the 1.2 km (0.75 miles) distance – they are named Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge. The height, width and spanning distance of all three bridges are above 150 meters (492 feet), 200 meters (656 feet) and 300 meters (984 feet) respectively; presently they are the largest karst bridges in the world. There are also two dolines formed by dissolution of bedrocks: the Tianlong Sinkhole and Shenying Sinkhole. They are perfectly situated in between the bridges – making for a spectacular sight with dolines interlacing amongst the three karst bridges.

At the park, there is also a remnant of a building that was built for use in a movie directed by Zhang Yimou, Curse of the Golden Flower. Constructed amidst towering cliffs, the building’s walls and bricks have been created to appear worn and cracked, the roofs are overgrown with moss and weeds and the gray pillars and window frames are made to look like the structure originated eons ago – which fits perfectly with the surrounding land formations. After the movie production crew left, the building stayed behind, serving an eerie reminder that humans were once here amidst naturally formed lands.

Visitors can then continue riding the sightseeing elevators to the bottom attractions at the park, passing through a long, cavernous tunnel to arrive at the chasms underground. Here the scenes are distinctly different from where the dolines are located; the walls and stairs are all wet and with water droplets falling from the ceiling. There are numerous disappearing creeks which supply the cavern with an ample amount of water. Visitors are advised to wear non-slippery shoes and bring an umbrella or raincoat when visiting the caves. As you stand at the bottom of the sinkhole, looking up at the towering cliffs above, with trees and vines branching out all around as springs and cascades of water reflect the sunlight, you are bound to gasp in amazement at the wonders of nature.

Add: Yanshuihe Canyon, Wulong County of Chongqing
地址:重庆市武隆县洋水河大峡谷上
Tel: 023 7779 0403, 023 7779 4228
Open Hours: Daily, 08:00-17:00
Price: 95 RMB/person for dolines; 85 RMB/person for sinkholes

Accommodation
There are a variety of hotels to choose from in Wulong County and here are only a few:

Yuzhu Garden Hotel瑜珠花园酒店View In Map
Add: 16 West Furong Lu, Wulong County
地址:武隆县芙蓉西路16号
Tel: 023 7779 9888

Hongfu Hotel宏福宾馆 View In Map
Add: 2 Baiyang Rd, Xiangkou town
地址:武隆县巷口镇白杨路2号
Tel: 023 6450 1558

Champs-Elysees Hotel (3 stars) 香榭里酒店View In Map
Add: San Bridge near Wu River (south side of the bridge)
地址:武隆县乌江三桥南桥头
Tel: 023 7771 4888

Transportation
Board the train from Chongqing North Railway Station to Wulong County; tickets are 54-79 RMB/person and the trip takes 2 hours; then switch over to the local bus and travel to Wulong Coaches Transport Center  price is 1.5 RMB/person for the short trip;

Or visitors can opt to take the coach bus from Chongqing Chaotianmen Bus Transport Station (重庆朝天门汽车总站) to Wulong; tickets are 68-85 RMB/person. Then hail a taxi from Wulong Coaches Transport Center (武隆长途汽车) to get to the geological park – distance is around 24 km and the trip should take about 30 minutes. 

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