Mengdong River

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Located in the northwest part of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie is a naturally formed platform mountain, surrounded by higher summits which are divided by deep valleys.

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Mengdong River
Mengdong River

Added to this scene is an array of amazing lesser peaks and grotesque rocks. Each one stands in the valley and possesses its own peculiar shape. The foremost attractions in this area include: Back Garden, breathtaking Mihun Stage, and the First Bridge under the Sun.

Mengdong River
Mengdong River

Mengdong River is one of the sources of the culture of Tujia. One can know more about the history, culture and customs of Tujia though visiting the old city of Yongshun, the Old Town of Wang Vally, Laoci City, Tujia history museum, Tujia Custom Museum, Copper Post in Xizhou and the ancient tripod, pot, incense burner, axe and alms bowl and other living equipment. At the same time, one can take part in the various cultural activities in Tujia. The festivals of Tujia are very interesting and the Dongdongkui,Maogusiare boorish and let one thinks something.

Nowadays, the so-called Mengdong River scenic spot in tourism is not only the certain part of Mengdong River, but the middle and lower reaches of Mengdong River, a part of Youshui River and a large area of the middle and lower reaches of Lingxi. The major touring areas are: Mengdong River, the Old Town of Wang Vally, Buermen, Laoci City .Drifting in Mengdong River is very exciting.

Forty kilometers from Hibiscus Town is a famous drifting site on the Mengdong River, reputed to be the world's No. 1 spot for whitewater rafting.

The river snakes along the deep gorge for more than 100 kilometers. The 17-kilometer drift site is along the river's upper stream section, where cascades and caves can be seen everywhere.

In the beginning, I thought that the landscape along the river would afford me the greatest enjoyment I would have during the two-hour drift, and it kept surprising me. But soon I became aware that the most important thrill was actually my imagination.

Mengdong River
Mengdong River

Along the route, you can hardly see any indications of modern civilization. Everything seems like what it would have been 1,000 years ago. If you are familiar with some stories about ancient China, you can easily recall them when you are in this gorge.

More often, the stones and caves along the river will trigger your imagination. You can see a dog, turtle or the faces of humans in them. Actually, the name "Mengdong" means "fierce caves" in Chinese, a metaphorical way of describing the stones and caves such as these which embody the magic and mystery of nature.

It is said that more than 190 kinds of animals currently inhabit the gorge along the river. If you are lucky enough, rare animals like monkeys may appear on the shores. Birds and colorful butterflies will usually accompany you during the entire rafting trip.

The Mengdong River drift site has been opened to the public for about 10 years. You will meet some very skilled and experienced local boatman here, who will help ensure that you have a happy and safe drift.

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