Xinning County, Shaoyang, Hunan
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Zixiadong, Xinning County, Shaoyang, Hunan, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,|
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紫霞洞 (Zixiadong, Zixia Cave) is a misnomer, this cave is a gorge, so we listed it under the naem Zixiadong Gorge. This site is one of the strange landscapes of Hunan, a gorge in sandstone with vertical walls, overhanging rocks and natural bridges. It actually looks like one of those historic Chinese paintings with mist clouded vertical rock walls. The gorge is entered through a narrow section which widens and becomes a canyon surrounded by high red cliffs. The canyon has a brook and is famous for waterfalls, birds, green bamboo and blooming wild flowers. According to legend the immortal True Man of Zixia invented Tao when he lived here, hence the name.