Enshi Grand Canyon, located in Tunbao Township and Banqiao Town, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province, China, is a section of the Qingjiang Grand Canyon. Enshi is 530 kilometers west of Wuhan, which is the provincial capital of Hubei. With a total length of 108 kilometers and an area of 300 square kilometers, Enshi Grand Canyon is a National Geological Park and one of the top ten tourist landmarks of Hubei. It is known as "the geological wonder of the world, the eastern Colorado Grand Canyon ".
According to CNN official portal, One Incense Pillar of Enshi Canyon is listed as one of 40 most beautiful scenic spots in China recently by CNN. The selection of CNN this time is to choose the most representative among different natural and cultural landscapes; some of them are listed in the directory of world cultural heritage. "As far as spectacular is concerned, this one is as marvelous as the Colorado Grand Canyon of the USA. However, it is matchless in terms of beauty." Western tourists speak highly of the canyon's clean water, marvelous waterfalls and peaks. It is bordered by Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the south, Yangtze Three Gorges in the north, and in neighborhood of Yichang City in the east. Its precipices stretch as long as hundreds of miles.
Enshi Grand Canyon Passenger Cableway is the first single-line loop detachable cableway in the scenic area. The site is located on the east side of the Yunlong River Bridge in Enshi Grand Canyon to the Xiaolou Gate. A total of two station houses are designed. The upper station is sited on northwest side of Xiaoloument, which has an elevation of 1641 meters. While the lower station is sited in the eastern side of Yunlong River Bridge, which has an elevation of 841 meters. The total length of the cableway line is 2,284 meters, with a height difference of 792 meters. It adopts a fully enclosed 8-person car with a total number of cars of 61. The maximum running speed of it is 6 m/sec, and the single-pass running time is about 6.27 minutes. The Enshi Grand Canyon Passenger Cableway is imported from France and an important means of transportation to the Qixingzhai Scenic Spot from Yunlong Ground Crack.
The Enshi Grand Canyon has opened two core scenic spots, Qixingzhai and Yunlong Ground Fissure, with a total area of 35.2 square kilometers. Geological landscapes such as sky hole, ground crack, cliffs, peak clusters, rock pillars, karst caves and dark rivers are all available. It is a natural museum of karst topography and has many world-class tourism resources.
【One Incense Pillar】一炷香
One Incense Pillar is the iconic landscape of the Enshi Grand Canyon. One Incense Pillar is a karst pillar standing between the cliffs and peaks of the 108-kilometer-long Enshi Canyon. This incense stick-shaped peak is 150 meters tall, but only four meters wide, which maks it incredible that it stands at all, let alone that it's survived several major earthquakes. Local legend holds that the pillar is a piece of incense given by a deity to the ingenious Tujia people. The residents could light it in times of disaster and the deity would descend to help.
【Long Corridor at the Cliff】绝壁长廊
Long Corridor at the Cliff is a plank road built along the face of a cliff. It was built in October 2007. It has a length of 488 meters and 118 steps. It is located at an altitude of 1,700 meters, at the cliff on the waist of the mountain. When you tour along the cliff, you can enjoy the fantastic scenery of the canyon on the way. The plank road is crooked for s couple of times.
【Bowing Pine Tree】鞠躬松
Bowing Pine Tree is a representative of the five wonders in the canyon. There is a saying: "There is no peak group if there are cliffs, or there is no cliff if there is peak group". "Welcoming Pine Tree" in Yellow Mountain is world-famous, with opening arms and smile to welcome tourists from home and abroad. Bowing Pine Tree in this place is on behalf of the hospitality Tujia and Miao people, bowing deeply to welcome or escorting visitors from different places.
【Yunlong Ground Fissure】云龙地缝
The U-shape Yulong Fissure is vertical from edges to bottom, 3600 meters long and 75 meters deep averagely, and extraordinary and unique karst landscape. Yunlong Ground Fissure cover a large number of tourism resources, surrounded by external precipices, large gorge and mountains. While within fissure, water runs and waterfalls spills off vertical drops. Colorful Huanglong Waterfall, Rainbow Waterfall, Yunlong Waterfall, Ice Waterfall, Mu Fu Fei Waterfall are good places to watch the scenery in Yunlong Ground Fissure.
Visitors may take scheduled direct flights to arrive at Enshi from Wuhan, Guangzhou, Beijing, Yichang and Chongqing.
There are about 50 trains running directly to Enshi railway station today. Wuhan, Yichang, Chongqing, Chengdu, etc. have direct trains to Enshi. Then take the shuttle bus of Enshi-Grand Canyon at the Enshi Bus Passenger Transport Center opposite the exit of Enshi Railway Station, 25 yuan one way, 1.5 hours by car.
Scheduled buses leave directly for the canyon from Enshi Long Distance Bus Station on Hangkong Road in Enshi. The buses depart at the station every 50 minutes and the journey takes about 1 to 2 hours.
Taxi services are cheap in downtown Enshi. It is a 60 kilometers drive from the downtown area to Mufu Grand Canyon.