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Nature Reserve in Chìshuǐ

Bamboo Sea

The sea barely parts for trekkers whose slippery soles pad along wooden pathways through towering green-bamboo forest. It's a heady experience, if only for the bug life near the forest floor. Come armed with repelle…
Waterfall in Chìshuǐ

Shízhàngdòng Waterfall

The undervisited understudy to the famous Huángguǒshù Falls in the south is a 76m-high beauty pummelling into the pools below. There are fewer restrictions on swimming here, but even if you stand 100m away, you will…
Viewpoint in Chìshuǐ

Sìdònggōu Valley

This 4.5km-long valley is forested with ancient ferns and dotted with gushing cataracts. Paths follow both sides of a river; gushing minifalls lead to four ‘proper’ waterfalls. The biggest and most impressive is the…
Nature Reserve in Chìshuǐ

Jīnshāgōu Nature Reserve

This reserve was established to protect the alsophila ferns that grow in abundance here. Today, the prehistoric plants still dwarf visitors. It's also the site of a bamboo forest, known as the Bamboo Sea.
Gorge in Chìshuǐ

Red Rock Gorge

This distinct, ochre sandstone gorge has long been a poster child for the province. Deep-blue waterfalls gush from between the dānxiá cliffs, also known as Yángjiāyán. Linger at sunset for a perfectly ethereal photo…
National Park in Chìshuǐ

Yànziyán National Forest Park

Yànziyán is lesser known than Jīnshāgōu, mostly because it doesn't have the bamboo, but it's just as stunning if you're after dānxiá (red sandstone) formations and impressive cascades. It's around 9km from Shízhàngd…