Golden Whip Stream (Jinbianxi) in Zhangjiajie
Golden Whip Stream Facts
Golden Whip Stream (Jinbianxi), or Golden Whip Brook is a part of Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, the natural heritage of the world. The stream, with 7.5 km's length, is named after one of the 10 wonders of Zhangjiajie - Golden Whip Rock.
Chinese Name: 金鞭溪
Type: Stream & Nature
Address: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City (张家界市武陵源区张家界国家森林公园内)
Best Seasons: All year round
Recommended Visiting Hours: about 1-3 Hours
Opening Hours: 7:00 ~ 18:00
Why is Golden Whip Stream So Special?
Golden Whip Stream meanders 7.5 km, flowing between steep grotesque peaks and luxuriant trees. Here, the meandering streams, the crystal-clear water, exotic plants and rare animals co-exist and constitute the extraordinarily beautiful, tranquil and natural ecological environment. No wonder it is called “the most beautiful valley in the world”, “the most poetic stream” and “the most stunning hiking trail in Wulingyuan”.
Brief Introduction of Golden Whip Stream
Golden Whip Stream Scenic Area is a golden tourist area in Zhangjiajie with a total length of 5,700 meters. Located in the east of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, named after the 380-meter high Golden Whip Rock, Golden Whip Stream meanders 7.5 kilometers. Flowing from Laomo Gully first to Confluence of Four Rivers then to Suoxi Stream, it finally joins Li river, one of the four rivers in Hunan Province. It flows between steep grotesque peaks and luxuriant trees. Here, the meandering streams, the crystal-clear waterfalls, exotic plants and rare animals co-exist and constitute the extraordinarily beautiful, tranquil and natural ecological environment. No wonder it is called “the most beautiful valley in the world” and “the most poetic stream”. The major scenic spots include Rock of Welcoming Guests, Golden Whip Rock, Reunion Rock and the Purple Grass Pond.
Main Attractions of Golden Whip Stream
Golden Whip Crag
Golden Whip Rock is a representative among the countless strange rocks in Zhangjiajie. It stands between mountains. The marvelous shape is looked like the military arm whip, thus its name.
Eagle Protecting Whip
On the left side of the Golden Whip Rock, there is a peak like an eagle. The head is high, the mouth is hooked, the double-winged fight, close to the golden whip rock, seems to be fighting with the enemy who invaded the golden whip, known as the Shenying Hubian.
Fish Jumping Pool
Fish Jumping Pool is a pool cause by the pulling stream. Stream flows from the higher place to the lower reach so that there is a pool made by the power of the water. During the spawning time, fish will swim to this pool and jump joyfully, thus its name.
Wenxing Rock (Literature Star Rock)
There is a rock called Wenxing Rock which means a star in the literature field. Because this rock is looked like the figure of Lu Xun, a great litterateur in Chinese history, so people title this rock into Wenxing Rock.
Yingbin Crag (Welcoming Crag)
This crag is looked like a person who is smiling to entertain visitors. And the cliffs between this crag just naturally shaped as a opening door. From this scene, visitors feel being entertained and waited by host.
The Grave of Zhang Liang
On the platform under Boliu Crag in the Golden Whip Stream is the Grave of Zhang Liang, who was the Marquis and the military counselor during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C- 25 A.D.).The legend goes that he lived as a hermit in Wulingyuan Scenic Spot after he had helped Liubang be the first emperor in the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C- 25 A.D.) and he was buried here as well. Now the Grave of Zhang Liang becomes one of the most important culture relics in the Golden Whip Stream.
Best time to visit Zhangjiajie
Generally April through Mid-November is a good time to visit Zhangjiajie. April and October are the two best months to visit Zhangjiajie. The best time to view the red leaves and fall foliage in Zhangjiajie ranges from later October to Mid-November. The weather in spring of Zhangjiajie is pleasant.
Golden Whip Stream is suitable for tourism all year round, with clear water, fresh air, lush vegetation, beautiful and quiet environment, especially in spring and autumn. Flowers bloom in spring, the scenery is fascinating; The leaves turn yellow in autumn, it becomes a golden yellow world.
How to Get to Golden Whip Stream
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Golden Whip Stream in Zhangjiajie with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
- Route 1: Forest Park Ticket Station – Huangshizhai – Stream Winding Around Four Gates – Zimugang Ticket Station/Wujiayu Ticket Station
Recommended Visiting Time: About 1 Day
Most travellers choose to visit Golden Whip Stream together with Huangshizhai in one day. Then they will travel like this way. You could take free sightseeing bus from the Stream Winding Around Four Gates to Zimugang Ticket Station and then take a taxi to your hotel. Or you could take free sightseeing bus to Wujiayue Ticket Station, an then take bus/taxi to your hotel.
- Route 2: Forest Park Ticket Station – Huangshizhai – Stream Winding Around Four Gates – Bailong Elevator – Yuanjiajie
Recommended Visiting Time: About 1 Day
If you also want to travel to Huangshizhai, Golden Whip Stream and Yuanjiajie in one day. Then you could travel as this way.
Useful Travel Tips
- It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. At that time, the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.
Eating and Drinking: The foods sold in scenic area are always more expensive than in downtown area. Be prepared for this.
The area is cooler than the other part of Zhangjiajie because there are lots of trees to prevent heat from you.Therefore, it is highly recommended to take some coats.
If you want to catch the most wonderful views here, you’d better choose a fine day after the rain when the misty Zhangjiajie will immediately lead you enter into a fairy land.