The Amazing Wulong Karst Landscape

Overview of Wulong

Located at the southeast of Chongqing, 139km from the city center, Wulong County is featured in south China karst landscape. The county reach 82.7km from east to west, and 75km from south to north, covering an area of 2901.5 km2. Wulong is known by most domestic tourists for Curse of the Golden Flower, a well-known movie directed by famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou. After that, in 2014, the Transformers: Age of Extinction had been drawn to this little county for its marvelous natural scenery, and more and more people are attracted by Wulong’s gorgeous karst scenery.

Wulong’s attractions are mainly natural scenery, and many of them had been listed at World Natural Heritages. There are four hottest attractions: Three Natural Bridges of world wonder, magical Furong Cave, Fairy Mountain with vast grassland and the magnificent Longshuixia Gap. Wulong is just the kind of place where you’ll be amazed by the uncanny workmanship of nature.

Three Natural Bridges

Located at the southeast of Wulong County, 20km from it, Three Natural Bridges are the largest natural bridge groups in Asia. Featured in classic karst landform, the magnificent scenery is full of life, trees grow directly from stone and spring water flows even at the top of the bridges, spilling by drops and shining like pearls. Three Natural Bridges is composed of Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge, which are all natural bridges lying from north to south, crossing over the Yangshuihe Gorge and connecting the mountains at the two sides. There are natural formed pits under the bridges, so the Three Natural Bridges are also called Tiankeng Three Bridges.

Tianlong Bridge is the first bridge which is 235m high, with thickness of 150m. It’s also called No.1 Tiankeng Bridge. The most unique part of Tianlong Bridge is its bridge pier, which has maze-like caves. The main cave is 400m long and there are all kinds of large and small passages to various peculiar caves.

Qinglong Bridge is the second bridge and it’s also called No.2 Tiankeng Bridge. Qinglong Bridge is the most precipitous one among the three. It’s 281m high, with a bridge thickness of 168m. When the sun shines again after rain, you can see the colorful light through the bridge opening.

Heilong Bridge is the last bridge, thus it’s also called No.3 Tiankeng Bridge. Heilong Bridge is wider than other two bridges, with a width of 193m, and it’s 223 in height and 107m in thickness. The bridge opening is long and high, and light seems luxury in here. Before it’s open to public, the local villagers will stop passing through here after 4pm for it’s very dark since then. Besides that, Heilong Bridge is considered as the most beautiful one among the three. It’s hard to believe that on the top of the bridge, there are huge tracts of farmland, and the four delicate springs in Heilong Bridge are formed due to these farmland.

Ticket

March 1st to October 31st: ¥135/person (including ¥40 for travel bus, running among Xiannv Town Tourist Center, Longshuixia Gap entrance and Three Natural Bridges entrance). November 1st ~ February 28th: ¥95/person (including ¥40 for travel bus).

Opening Hours

09:00 ~ 16:00

Tianlong BridgeTianlong Bridge
Qinglong BridgeQinglong Bridge
Shooting under the Three Natural BridgesShooting under the Three Natural Bridges

Transportation

(1). Getting There

From Chongqing, tourists can take train from Chongqing North Railway station to Wulong County (about 2 hours), then trans taking minibus from Wulong Bus Station to the Tourists Center on Xiannv Town (about 30 ~ 50 minutes). After purchasing the entrance ticket, take the travel bus to Three Natural Bridges (and bus fee is included in the ticket). Tourists can also take bus to Wulong first (about 2.5 ~ 3 hours), then transfer to Xiannv Town and finally to Three Natural Bridges. If you are going to take private car, you can take highway from Chongqing to Three Natural Bridges, and the drive is about 4 hours.

(2). Transportation in the Three Natural Bridges

After arriving at the entrance of Three Natural Bridges, walk for a little while and you’ll see a 88m-high sightseeing elevator. There are only two buttons on the elevator: “1” is the place to get on the elevator, take “2” you can get to the three bridges.
After you get out of the scenic area, you are still about 1km upslope road to get to the parking lot, for those who tired, you can take sightseeing car, and it will charge ¥15/person. In the parking lot, there is travel bus to Longshuixia Gap, or you can just go back to the Tourists Center.

Distance from Other Attractions

0.7km from Longshuixia Gap
6.9km from Fairy Mountain
3.1km from Wulong Tourist Center

Tips

There are two entrances of Three Natural Bridges. Through No.1 entrance, you can take the sightseeing elevator. If you take the No.2 entrance, you will need to walk a long distance in visiting, and you will also miss a lot of sceneries on the road, for you will arrive at the bottom of the three bridges directly and miss the panoramic view of the bridges.

Longshuixia Gap

Longshuixia Gap is located in Xiannv Town and is 15km from the township. The gap was formed due to the orogeny tens of millions years ago. Longshuixia is actually a gap-style gorge and it’s the important part of Wulong karst landform. The whole gorge is 5km long and the tour part is about 2km. The gorge is magnificent and the depth of it is from 200m to 500m. Nature has spent thousands of years forming these wonderful landscapes. Primitive forests, waterfalls, springs and gorges, here you can actually feel the Earth is older than a city and more powerful than a rocket.

Ticket

March 1st ~ October 31st: ¥115/person; November 1st ~ February 28th: ¥85/person. The ticket includes ¥35 for travel bus, which is running among the Xiannv Town Tourist Center, Longshuixia Gap entrance and Three Natural Bridges entrance)

Opening Hours

09:00 ~ 17:00 (it will stop selling ticket at from 16:00)

Longshuixia GapLongshuixia Gap

Transportation

Tourists can take bus from Wulong Bust Station to the Wulong Tourist Center, and then transfer to travel bus to the scenic area. From Three Natural Bridges, tourists can take travel bus at the parking lot of Three Natural Bridges and then transfer to Longshuixia Gap, and the drive is only about 10 minutes

Distance from Other Attractions

0.7km from Three Natural Bridges
6.5km from Fairy Mountain
3.4km from Wulong Tourist Center

Tips

The stone steps in Longshuixia Gap is rather steep and slippery, it’s suggested to wear antiskid shoes. Besides, tourists need to walk a lot of narrow plank road and this may be tough for seniors, so senior people can decide whether to visit the gap according to their actual physical conditions

Fairy Mountain

Fairy Mountain is located at Xiannv Town of Wulong County (Xiannv means Fairy in Chinese, so Fairy Mountain can also be called as Xiannv Mountain). Fairy Mountain is a national forest park and covers an area of 8910 hectares, with an average altitude of 1900m, and the highest peak can reach to 2033m. Fairy Mountain is popular due to its unique alpine steppe scenery. Forest sea, marvelous peaks, alpine meadow and snowfield are the four wonders in Fairy Mountain. In spring, the mountain is covered by fresh greens, and it’s a great time to experience the fun of grass skating; in summer, the average temperature is 15℃ lower than Chongqing’s, and it’s a great place to escape from the “Stove” (Chongqing”); in autumn, herds of cows and sheep scattered among the mottled leaves which are blown by the autumn breeze, what a beautiful scenic picture.; Fairy Mountain is all white by covering thick snow, and ski on the mountain is definitely quite an experience.

Ticket

¥60/person; ticket for “Small Train” is 25¥/person (transfer between trains is free); horse riding is ¥60/person/hour.

Opening Hours

08:30 ~ 17:00

Fairy MountainFairy Mountain
Winter Scenery in Fairy MountainWinter Scenery in Fairy Mountain

Transportation

From Chongqing: tourists can take coach from all bus stations in Chongqing to Fairy Mountain, and the driving is about 2 hours.

From Wulong County: take mini bus from Wulong Bus Station to Fairy Mountain, and the driving is about 1 ~ 1.5 hours. If you are going to the Outdoor Sports Center, you can get off at “Huolongkou”, then walk to sports center, where you can experience grass skating, snow skiing and kart racing. If you are going to the giant prairie, then you can get off at the terminal stop – Mutizi, at here, you can take “Small Train” – a train-like sightseeing car – to the main scenic area; or you can just walk to there, the distance is about 10km and it will take 1 hour to get there. The scenery along the road is very beautiful, so if you have time and energy, you can choose to walk rather than taking the “Small Train”.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Fairy Mountain is rather good, with full facility and good service. There are two kinds of accommodations in general. Hotels or resort and home inns. Basically, all accommodations can supply dinning service and parking service.

Tips

•In the camping area, there are divided into free camping area and paid camping area. The free camping area is located near around Changsong Hotel. In summer, the tent for rental is tight, so it’s better to rent it in advance. The rental fee is changing from season to season. Generally, single tent is from ¥60 ~ ¥100; two-man tent is from ¥80 ~ ¥150.

•The temperature in Fairy Mountain is much lower than the downtown, and temperature difference is getting bigger when it rains. Check the weather in Fairy Mountain before you go and make sure you take enough warm clothes with you.

Furong Cave

Furong Cave is a large-scale limestone cave and located next to Furong River in Jiangkou Town of Wulong County, which is about 190km from Chongqing City center. Formed about 1.2 million years ago, and discovered in 1993, the main cave of Furong Cave is about 2700m long, and covers an area of 37,000m2. There are over 70 kinds of karst sediments in the Furong Cave, and it’s reputed as a splendid underground art palace and science museum for caves. The most magnificent part of Furong Cave is the “Splendid Hall”, which covers an area of 11,000m2. Besides that, there are 15m wide and 21m high rock waterfall, smooth palm-shape stalagmite, numerous helictite and stone flowers, etc. and the red coral and fang-shape calcite crystal in the cave is very precious and stunning. The various shapes and kinds of the stalactites in the cave have recorded the evolution process of history.

Furong CaveFurong Cave

Ticket

March 1st ~ October 31st: ¥120/person; November 1st ~ February 28th:¥65

Opening Hours

08:30 ~ 17:00

Transportation

From Wulong County, tourists can take bus to Jiangkou Town from Wulong Bus Station. You need to tell the driver you will go to Furong Cave in advance, if the bus can’t go to Furong Cave, then you need to transfer to minibus at Jiangkou Town to Furong Cave, and it will take about 1.5 hours from Wulong to Furong Cave.
Another way is chartering a car or take a private car (if you book tours with us, we will provide private driver with private car for you). This is more convenient, and you can drive directly to the entrance of the scenic area.

Distance to Other Attractions

25.9km to Three Natural Bridges
32.5km to Fairy Mountain
26.5km to Longshuixia Gap

Recommended Route

Wulong is not large and the attractions are rather concentrated. Normally, there are two routes according to your schedule time: one day route and two days route. Three Natural Bridges is the must-go attraction. If you have only one day, then besides Three Natural Bridges, you can choose to visit one attraction among Longshuixia Gap, Furong Cave and Fairy Mountain. Longshuixia Gap is just next to Three Natural Bridges, so most tourists will choose these two for their one day tour. If you have two days, then you can visit all of the four attractions. Recommended two-day route goes like this:

Day 1: after getting to Wulong from Chongqing, have lunch in Wulong, then visit Furong Cave, and this will take about 2 hours. After that, stay overnight in Wulong County or drive to Fairy Mountain to accommodate.

Day 2: In the morning, visit Fairy Mountain and have lunch in Xiannv Town. After that, visit Three Natural Bridges and Longshuixia Gap to appreciate the magical karst landform. After the tour, go back to Chongqing.

Transportation to Wulong

Wulong has no airport and it has only railway station and bus station. For tourists by flight, you need to first arrive Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, then transfer to Wulong. Most tourists will start the journey from Chongqing. Train, bus and private car are optional.

By Train: only Chongqing North Railway Station has trains to Wulong and it will take about 2 hours. Besides Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Changsha, Guilin, Xiamen and Hangzhou also has trains to Wulong Railway Station.

By Bus: tourists can take bus from Chongqing Nanping Sigongli Bus Station to Wulong Bus Station, and the driving is about 2 ~ 3 hours. Wulong Bus Station has bus lines to all tourist attractions in Wulong.

Wulong Attraction MapClick to Enlarge Wulong Attraction Map

Tips:

1. Accommodation

There are many accommodation choices in Wulong County. Many family inns are located near Wulong Bus Station, and they are very cheap (¥50 ~ ¥70 for one night) with rather good service. It’s very convenient to transfer to all attractions in Wulong by accommodating near the bus station, however, it’s a little far to each attraction, so this is more suitable for tourists who need to take bus. If you are prefer a more quiet environment, then hotels near the bus station is not a good choice.

2. Best Time to Go

Spring, autumn and winter are the best time to visit Wulong. The weather in spring and autumn is fair and the color in the scenic area is very beautiful. In winter, tourists can appreciate the stunning snow scenery in Fairy Mountain.