Located in Banqiao town of Enshi city, the Enshi Grand Canyon reaches 108 kilometers in length and consists of 11 attractions including a forest park, steep mountains, spectacular waterfalls and exciting attractions. The magnificent Enshi Grand Canyon is imposing yet spacious, presenting diverse layers of landscapes. Its cliffs stretch as hundreds of miles. Besides, it features karst landforms, including over 200 karst caves, which are spectacular. It is bordered by Yangtze Three Gorges in the north, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the south and the neighborhood of Yichang city in the east. White clouds rise from Qingjiang River in a seemingly choreopraphed manner. Rhe sea of cloud ascending from Qingjiang River to bathe the grand canyon looks like a soaring dragon, winding for hundreds of miles, plump and smooth-skinned.
Enshi Grand Canyon comprises of three mountains. It takes four to six hours to climb the mountains. Passengers are recommended to wear sneakers. Senior citizens, children and the weak should buy a walking stick at the foot the mountain. Bargaining is common. Passengers may bring snack food and bottled water with them because they are expensive in the mountains. There are no shortcuts midway so passengers feeling tired may use the jampan service. Visitors may pay to go downhill via elevators, but this way does not reach the very bottom. A colony of caves is another feature of the Grand Canyon. Statistics show the Grand Canyon is currently lined with about 200 caves. The Hot Cloud Cave at Banqiao offers two entrances separated by a cliff.
One entrance breathes hot wind and the other blasts cold air. The cold and hot air mingle to create coiling smog. The cave hall may accommodate tens of thousands of people. It is matched with a platform bridge; harmonizing water and heaven, man and materials.
Western tourists often speak highly of the canyon's clean water, marvelous waterfalls and peaks. The Yunlong River of the Enshi Grand Canyon has a 7,500-meter-long geo-fracture, dropping 75 meters at its deepest. The geo-fracture is suffused with fantastic rocks in a riot of colors. It has leafy ancient trees and babbling streams. It is relaxing and pleasant to watch the vibrating waterfalls at the banks of the geo-fracture. After 10 years of on-the-spot investigations, a Chinese-French exploration team recently announced that the underground river from Fengjie Longqiao River to Enshi Grand Canyon stretches 50 kilometers, the longest in the world. The underground passage has 108 vertical shafts, similar to the irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels in Xinjiang.
Enshi Grand Canyon is a national 4A scenic spot, with One Incense Pillar being one of it's unique attractions. World renowned media group CNN selected 40 most beautiful scenic spots in China recently. One Incense Pillar of Enshi Canyon, central China's Hubei Province was listed in, according to CNN official portal.This incense stick-shaped structure is 150 meters tall, but only four meters wide, making it incredible that it stands at all, let alone that it's survived several major earthquakes.
Local legend holds that the pillar is a piece of incense given by a deity to the ingenious Tujia people. The residents could light it in times of disaster and the deity would descend to help. This is not the profile of Beaker the Muppet’s giant Chinese cousin; it’s a karst pillar standing between the cliffs and peaks of the 108-kilometer-long Enshi Canyon, China’s answer to the Grand Canyon.
"As far as spectacular is concerned, this one is as marvelous as the Colorado Grand Canyon of the USA. However, it is matchless in terms of beauty," a tourist once said. Currently, Enshi Grand Canyon scenic spot is speeding up development of facilities and other projects, buillding it up for a national 5A scenic spot.