Shennongjia (神农架) is located in northwestern Hubei Province. Legend has it that the Chinese civilization’s earliest ancestor, Emperor Yan, also known as Shennong (神农), once used ladders (“jia”) to collect medicinal herbs here. Hence its name of Shennongjia. Shennongjia is a forestry district encompassing several large scenic areas. Its dense forests, unchanged from primitive times, are teeming with plant and animal life. The area is a World Natural Heritage Site. Shennongjia is home to the Shennongjia Savage, one of the Four Unsolved Mysteries of the World and a source of great fascination to many.
Shennongjia covers an enormous area which includes multiple towns and forests as well as the tourism areas of Shennong Peak, Tianyan (“heavenly swallow”), Xiangxiyuan River, and Yuquan River, of which Shennong Peak is the most famous. The Shennongjia Forestry District contains expansive virgin forest full of towering trees and lush vegetation, creating nature's own fresh oxygen. At Shennong Peak, you can climb onto the top of the “roof of central China” and see cute but rare golden snub-nosed monkeys. According to legend, this is where the ape-like “Shennongjia wild man” roams.
Shennong Peak Scenic Area is the core scenic area of the Shennongjia Forestry District. The main attractions in the area include the Shennong Valley, Jinhou (“golden snub-nosed monkey”) Mountain, Yeren (Bigfoot-like “wild man”) Research Station, the alpine rock forest of Banbiyan, and Liaowang (“Lookout”) Tower. Many rare and precious wild animals and plants, including snub-nosed monkeys, live in the pristine alpine meadows, wetlands, and rock forests here. When you get to the top of Shennong Peak, you can enjoy a majestic panoramic view of the land stretching away from the mountain. If you’re lucky, you may even see the “cloud sea” effect.
Dajiuhu National Wetland Park is in the northwest of Shennongjia Forest Area, bordering Sichuan, Chongqing and Hubei. It has a typical alpine meadow landscape. Dajiuhu is also known as Jiuhuping. It is called "Hulun Buir in Hubei," "Mountain Basin" and "Natural Grassland" for its picturesque scenery, with a good atmosphere for taking up residence. It is also called the "Hidden Residence." In the wetland, there are abundant pteridophytes in the alpine meadow and wetland. It also has rare animals, such as marabou storks, cranes and spotted deer, all with high scientific value.
Situated in Muyu Town, Shennongjia Prefecture, Xiang Xi Yuan is one of the branches of the Yangtze River. Legend has it that Wang Zhaojun, known as one of the Four Beauties in ancient China, once lived at the side of the creek. Xiang Xi Yuan got its name because Wang Zhaojun often washed her hands in the creek, leaving it full of aroma. It is also known as fragrant creek due to the fragrant thoroughwort flourishing at its source. The water in the Xiang Xi Yuan is pure, sweet and cool. It provides local people with their drinking water.