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Sanmenhai Ecological Tourist Zone

Fengshan County, China
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Vanja K wrote a review May 2015
Zagreb, Croatia350 contributions165 helpful votes
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From Fengshan there are public buses about every 30 minutes going to Sanmenhai village. The price is 3 RMB and ride is about 45 minutes up to 1 hour. You can catch a bus from the centre (street next to the main bus station) or on the junction Yangguan avenue, West ring road and S 208 (this was to us suggested by the hotel where we stayed, that was 5 minutes away from the junction). Show to the driver written in Chinese where you need to go since on the way there are few sites that you might confuse for Sanmenhai. Although on the official site of the Leye-Fengshan global geopark it is written that the entrance fee is 218 RMB, it was in fact and to our luck 80 RMB per person. The price includes raft ride, guide on the raft and visit of the whole area. Raft ride along the emerald green river that passes through the cave was truly splendid that left you speechless... We were told that the best colour of the water was in spring. During summer water changes colour to yellow (I guess during rainy season). Nice surprise was that our guide on the raft knew some English. In such a quite remote area this is indeed rare. He was also very kind and on his own initiative asked his boss to let him go for 20 minutes to show us the path where we should continue to see the rest of the site. So after the beautiful river we went for a hike to see impressive Feilongdong (through cave) with a karst window giving you a peep at the subterranean river bellow. It is 150 m high and 60 m wide. The way continues towards Mawangdong (cave). Path is well marked with information boards along (in English as well), because of lots of stairs can be sometimes little strenuous, but nothing to serious. Recommended time for visiting this area is a whole day, unfortunately we didn't have more time and had to miss the rest (Shegengdong through cave, Mawangdong sinkhole). This area is not yet very touristy and is hardly known among Chinese, but it certainly will be once when the railway will be finished (building is in progress). For now most of tourists are those who come by bus while visiting Bama. We were the only foreigners there and from a guide heard that foreign visitors are very rare. There is very little information regarding Leye-Fengshan geopark on the internet or in travel guidebooks, so if planning a visit, reserve enough time to see many beauty sites and be prepared for bumpy roads. We were lucky to find the internet site of this area and information from a very kind lady who at that time worked at Leye-Fengshan geopark as well as from the French explorer who knows the area pretty well. Website has lots of good information, but some are not accurate so it is better to contact them through the email if planning a visit of the area. www.lfgeopark.com/index.aspx
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Date of experience: April 2015
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