Zhangjiajie City, located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, has a population of 1.6498 million.
Zhangjiajie has a first-rate scenic area at Wulingyuan. Tourism is the city's main industry. The scenic area covers 369 sq km, and is famous for its over 3,000 grotesque quartz rocks. The rock peaks, bridges, caves, lakes and waterfalls have interwoven with each other to form a magnificent wonderland. The area has abundant animal and plant resources, and its forest cover accounts for more than 97%. Primitive forests (including secondary forests) are seen here and there.
Large numbers of wild animals live in these forests. The Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed in the Directory of World Natural Heritages by the UNESCO in December 1992. In addition, there are Mount Tianmen (Heavenly Gate) and Mount Jiutian (Nine Heaven) Cave scenic places. Drifting on the Maoyan Stream is a popular tourist activity.
Zhangjiajie is also inhabited by more than 20 ethnic groups, including Tujia, Miao and Bai. The multiple cultures and different customs of the different ethnic groups are blended with each other. Ancient houses made of wood or bamboo supported on stilts, vigorous drum dances and melodious folk songs are among the prime tourist attractions here. The majestic landscape, the clear water, the fresh air and the pristine folk customs are major elements attracting Chinese and foreign visitors.