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This is probably the most popular single attraction at Zhangjiajie, and it is simply a long walk - around 2 hours - along a path known as the Golden Whip Walk. The Golden Whip is a feature of the story of Qing Shihuang, and the stone column at the Zhangjiajie end of the walk does look the part. Just behind it is The Hawk, which looks as if it is watching over the whip.Most people seem to prefer the walk down the ravine from Zhangjiajie, but by walking uphill (and it's actually barely noticeable that you are going 'up') you save some of the nicest parts to the end. For the adventurous and those seeking more peaceful routes, it is possible at numerous points to head off to the north into valleys. Most are dead-ends but some make it possible to climb up to the plateau level. Remember that at Zhangjiajie there are basically two levels: the plateau and the valley floor.
The Golden Whip Walk has, sadly, got a rather bad reputation in the hallowed world of sustainable tourism for the damage to the environment. However, a study published in 2003 (Jinyang Deng, Shi Qiang, Gordon J. Walker and Yaoqi Zhang (2003) "Assessment on and Perception of Visitors' Environmental Impacts of Nature Tourism: A Case Study of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China" in Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 11 (6) 529-548.) suggests that the damage is not as bad as feared and that the damage is worse on trails in other countries (using various indices of environmental damage, including vegetation diversity, soil compaction and human-inflicted damage to trees among others). I hardly noticed scarring on trees (i.e. graffiti) at any part of the walk...and I was looking for it.
Address: Zhangjiajie Forest Park
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