Long Corridor in the Cliffs

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This tunnel on the cusp of Guoliang village offers a closer perspective on the plunging cliffs, with dramatic views carved through the rock. The tunnel was built between 1972 and 1978 by a local man called Shen Mingxin (with help from other villagers). It's an incredible feat of engineering: much of the corridor was excavated by hand, using eight-pound hammers and steel bars forged by the village blacksmith.

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1. Sky Ladder

0.35 MILES

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2. Yáshàng Rénjiā

0.45 MILES

Four stone compounds that date back to the Ming dynasty. Just opposite, a platform atop a pillar of rock offers astonishing views into a canyon.

3. Black Dragon Pool

1.16 MILES

A beautiful 40m waterfall with a pool beneath that is at least 28m deep (the shape of the pool has thus far made it impossible to measure any deeper).

4. Pearl Spring

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This small fissure in the Wanxian Mountains is the source of a flow of cool, clear spring water.

5. Shouting Spring

1.55 MILES

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6. White Dragon Cave

1.58 MILES

There's not much to see inside this narrow, muddy cave. Unless you're really into clambering over slimy rocks, you can safely skip this one.