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Located in South Sichuan, the Shunan Bamboo Forest is one of the biggest bamboo forest park, about 330km from the capital of Sichuan Province - Chengdu and 230km from Chongqing municipality. As a cultural landscape and virgin bamboo forest park, the Bamboo Forest is listed in National Scenic Spots, First National 4A Scenic Spots and Top 10 Featured Scenic Spots. Scenes of famed Chinese movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (卧虎藏龙) and the first scene shown at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were also shot here.
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There are eight main scenic areas and two subordinate scenic areas in the Shunan Bamboo Forest, which include 134 attractions. Incorporating magnificence, peril, peacefulness, steepness and elegance, the beauty of Shunan Bamboo Forest is embodied in Emperor Temple, Tianbao village, Xianyu Cavity etc. which are praised as Top 10 attractions in Bamboo Forest.
Aimed to trace national culture of millennium and show essence of bamboos of ten thousand years, Shunan Bamboo Forest involves protecting, exhibiting, researching and educating. It is equipped with six exhibition halls, one bamboo garden and one Bamboo Handicrafts workshop and shows the photos of charming bamboo forest, rich bamboo resources and brilliant bamboo culture. Sat by Moxi River, Main architectures of Shunan Bamboo Forest are in southern Sichuan style with well-proportioned pavilions, corridors and towers.
With an altitude of 600 m, Wangyou Valley (Valley of forgetting worries) has a journey about 2.5 km. Passing through the bamboos-made front gate, red sandstone roads and brook flickering in various lush bamboos come into your sights. On the left hand side of the main road is a bamboo corridor where all sorts of handicrafts such as bamboo chopsticks, bamboo cars, bamboo chairs etc. are for sale. Walking along with the stream, the thick bamboos, bubbling brooks and splendid waterfall make you hesitate to leave.
Guanyun Pavilion is an excellent place for viewing cloud, from which you are able to have a great sight of meandering river, crisscross footpaths between fields, and partly hidden and partly visible village houses among the bamboos. At a longer distance is the transition region from Sichuan Basin to Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Two rolling hills stretches to east and west like two abreast dragons safeguarding the Shunan Bamboo Forest.
Bamboo Corridor is the most picturesque palace to take some great photos. The road is paved with natural red sandstone which is shining with a subdued pinkish hue like light morning clouds. Two lined dense old bamboos and new shoots blot out the sky, leaving the red-carpet road merged with green-screen bamboo forming stunning Emerald Corridor in Shunan Bamboo Forest.
On the left side of the road from Emerald Corridor to Xianyu Cave Scenic Area lies an artificial lake, covering an area of 60 mu. A small island divides the lake into two parts. That lake is called Sea in the Sea because it’s a little sea in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. There are tea houses, restaurants and small inns scarred in the bank of the Lake. Staying one night here must be a wonderful experience.
Xianyu Cave is honored as Pearl in Bamboo Forest for its natural landscape and humanistic landscape. It is located in a primitive grotto originally and only one steep and hard path leads here. Though it used to be a prosperous site for both Taoism and Buddhism, now all the pavilions no longer exist except several Buddhist statues. Luxuriant bamboo Forest stands above the cave while bamboo sea gorge under the cave. Besides, there are one temple and one torreon with 15 columbarium in Xianyu Cave. In 1900, it was designated as Sichuan Province Key Cultural Relic Protection Zone.
Rainbow Waterfall is also called Come-down Stage. Tinkling spring makes a foaming waterfall when it flows through the fluctuating place of hills, which really enlivens the deep and serene bamboo forest. Among the waterfall of varied shapes, the most splendid one is Rainbow Waterfall. Rainbow Rainfall from Hulu Gorge is fell into 4 grades in Huilong Bridge with a drop of 200 meter. Blue sky and verdant bamboos are reflected in the still lake which maps with floating waterfall
Qinglong Lake mainly based on a large-scale water area and historic sites. Situated on the foot of Chaqi Mountain, Qinglong Lake is the largest lake in the Shunan Bamboo Forest, the size of which is 3 square kilometers. Getting a bamboo raft across Qinglong Lake, moving via hand-pulled rope by boatman is regarded the overall highlight. Alternatively, sitting by the lake and taking a sip of local wine also makes you feel lots of fun.
It is suggested that you start your trip from Bamboo Forest Museum to Wangyou Valley. After viewing the amazing scenery in Wangyou Valley, turn to Emerald Corridor to feel that lots of greenery that blends well with red elegant path. Don’t miss Guanhai Tower, Mo Brook and Sea in the Sea after Emerald Corridor. Xiannv Lake, Xianyu Cave, Tianbo Village are your next destinations to feast the natural landscape as well as cultural site. Then you can go to Qicai Lake and Longyin Temple. After that, go to rainbow waterfall, the biggest and most beautiful waterfall. The last must-do for you is rafting on Qinglong Lake to relax yourself.
Xingwen Stone Forest, located in Xinwen County in Yibin and 60 km away from the Shunan Bamboo Forest, is a National Scenic Area and World Geographic Park with a karst landform. Xingwen Stone Forest different from other karst landform in its long-stretched stone forest, hundreds of natural karst caves and naturally formed pits which three are known as three wonders.
Historically, Xingwen was the hometown of Bo people (僰人), the disappeared race thousands years ago. Nowadays, Xingwen Stone Forest still preserves historical relics and sites described as Bo’s civilization.
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Shunan Bamboo Forest is located 330km from Chengdu, takes about 5 hours by car. We China Discovery based in Chengdu, Sichuan have many professional experts with rich knowledge of whole Sichuan and will help you plan and arrange the most comfortable and convenient way to get to Shunan Bamboo Forest and around.
Our experienced English-speaking guide would accompany you to Yibin first by high-speed rails with only about 1.5 hours. After get off the train, it still takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to get to Shunan Bamboo Forest. With our excellent travel guide’s help, you don’t need to worry about high-speed rail tickets booking and difficulties in communicate with locals while traveling. We can provide you with a worry-free and unforgettable journey, you can fully enjoy yourself in the emerald bamboo sea. Please feel free to contact us if you need any help!
Independent travelers can take a bus to the Shunan Bamboo Forest from Chengdu Xinnamen Bus Station, only one bus a day and the whole trip takes about 5 hours.
Shunan Bamboo Forest is about 230km far away from Chongqing, takes less than 4 hours by car. However, there is no direct bus connects two places and trains from Chongqing to Yibin takes at least 3.5 hours. After arrive at Yibin, it still takes 1.5 - 2 hours to reach Shunan Bamboo Forest.
For travelers who want to save time and energy on planning, you can travel with us by private cars, our licensed drivers and outstanding English-speaking tour guides can pick you up anywhere you want in Chongqing, and send you direct to Shunan Bamboo Forest, if you are interested in continuing your trip to Chengdu or places around, our experienced travel consultants are more than willing to help, please feel free to contact us!
Sightseeing Bus in Shunan Bamboo Forest
Shunan Bamboo Forest covers a large area with more than 130 attractions, walking your whole way through is not a most workable way. From 11th, October, 2018, sightseeing buses starts to run in Shunan Bamboo Forest, tourists don’t need to worry about transportation in the scenic area anymore. Every 20 minutes there will be a car passes by the main attractions.
In order to make accommodation and shopping more convenient in Shunan Bamboo Forest, the scenic area sets up flag stops in the concentration of agritainment. Tourist don’t need to make a detour to sightseeing bus station to catch the bus.
The price of the sightseeing bus is CNY 55/person, valid for 3 days as long as you don’t leave the core scenic area in Shunan Bamboo Forest.
Cable Car in Shunan Bamboo Forest
There are two cable cars in Shunan Bamboo Forest, one is the Grand Valley Sightseeing Cable Car (大峡谷观光索道), the other is the Bamboo Forest Sightseeing Cable Car (竹海观光索道). Total length of Bamboo Sightseeing Cable Car is 2742m, one-way run takes about 30 minutes. From the cable car you can have an overall sight of whole bamboo forest. You need to spend CNY 55/person for round trip and CNY 40/person for one way.
Shunan Bamboo Forest covers a large area needs at least a whole day to explore, therefore most travelers would plan a 2-day-tour there. On the first half day, take trains or buses to get there. After lunch, make a half day tour to Bamboo Forest Museum, Wangyou Valley, take Bamboo Forest Sightseeing Cable to Guanyun Pavilion to enjoy the panoramic and breathtaking view of Shunan Bamboo Forest, ramble through Emerald Corridor to end your first day tour. Stay on night in the Shunan Bamboo forest. On the second day, tour Xianyu Cave, Tianbao Zhai, Xiannv Lake and row the bamboo rafts on Sea in the Sea etc. Return back to Chengdu in the afternoon.
Before or after the Shunan Bamboo Tour, many visitors will take 1~2 days or so to discover the delicious food and fantastic attractions in Chengdu downtown, like Chengdu Panda Base, Jinli Ancient Street, etc.
Or you can also continue your trip to Mountain City - Chongqing, spend some time there experiencing its hot pots, cultural museum, grabbing a panoramic view of the mountain city, most importantly, cruising along Yangtze River to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
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