Our last scenic stop for the day was Golden Whip Brook (Jinbian Stream, 金鞭溪), a short bus ride from Ten-Mile Art Gallery, which I talked about in previous post. Oh, did I mention that within the national park, coaches and private vehicles are not allowed so we can only take the eco-buses (环保车), trams (小火车) or cable cars (索道) etc provided by the park management? Guess this concept is pretty common across many national parks in the world so as to reduce pollution and congestion. So from Ten-Mile Art Gallery to Golden Whip Brook we took the eco-bus provided by the park.
The total length of Golden Whip Brook is 7.5km, so to complete a full tour here will take about 2.5 to 3 hours. It got its name from 1 of the 10 superb views in Zhangjiajie: the Golden Whip Cliff (金鞭岩) that is situated along the stream. The stream flows through Wulingyuan Scenic Area, surrounded by the beautiful cliffs and ridges, so it is known as being one of the world’s most beautiful valleys.
We did not have the luxury of strolling along the tranquil stream for 3 hours, instead our tour guide showed us the primary route of this attraction and gave us only about 1 hour of free and easy time to roam the area. She mentioned that there are many routes, but visiting the primary route would suffice as we would have seen the best views from that route.
Looking back at the attraction, it is indeed a beautiful place. The primary route is pretty easy for visitors, relatively flat compared to the other scenic areas. Walking along the stream was cool and enjoyable. I think it was one of the breeziest and easiest hikes for this trip, suitable for me hahaha. With this attraction “ticked” on the itinerary, it marks the completion of our day 4 adventure! Yay! 🙂