Recommended package: Wulingyuan Scenic Area + Phoenix Ancient City + The Three Gorges
Best time for travel: March – December
Wulingyuan Scenic Area
Phoenix Ancient City (Fenghuang)
The Three Gorges
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ChungKing is one of four municipalities directly under central government control. It is a city with a long history, and it was important as an inland port near the rich Sichuan region. It is located at the place where the Jialing River meets the Yangtze River. Lucky for travelers, the fragile rock carvings at Dazu and other natural scenery remained comparatively unspoiled. The city is also famous for its delicious hot pot, but note that it’s very, very spicy.
The Shennongjia district in remote northwestern Hubei has the wildest scenery in the province. Indeed, the name for the area roughly translates as Shennong’s Ladder to commemorate a legendary emperor, Shennong, who believed to be the founder of herbal medicine and agriculture. According to the legend, he heard about some special plants growing up high on a precipice, so he cut down a great tree and used it to climb to the site and reach the plants, which he added to his medical collection.