Must-see on Mianshan Mountain

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Shuitao Gully

The Shuitao Gully, or Water Billowing Gully, has the most beautiful scenery in Mianshan Mountain. Situated in the Shuitao Gully Natural Scenic Zone in the rear part of Mianshan Mountain, the Shuitao Gully boasts beautiful waterside scenery within 10 miles, which is as beautiful as a 10-mile scroll painted with Chinese landscapes. Water flows down from the hillock, goes through dense forests and forms several dozen waterfalls in different sizes. Some waterfalls fall down directly, full of power and grandeur. Others gently dance by the precipices and the even more are tucked away in the green forests. The waterfalls are laid out like a maze. The sun is screened off by the shade of birch poplars and willow trees beside the waterfalls, and kingfishers skip over the water surface quickly.

Guteng Valley

The Guteng Valley, or Ancient Vine Valley, is also known as the Stream Gully and is a natural ecological scenic zone. On the cliffs that flank the King Vine Valley are lush shrubbery and vines with arbors. Some small streams murmur in the valley. Because of a large drop in elevation, a group of cascades are formed. By the stream lies a path leading to the mountaintop. On both sides of the mountain path are tall shrubberies, flowers and some traditional herbal medicines. The trees in the Guteng Valley are in odd shapes. More often than not, tourists can see pheasants, squirrels and other small animals. But the most fascinating in the valley are the vine plants. In the valley, primitive vines, which are rarely seen in North China, can be seen everywhere. The ancient trees interwoven by vines look like umbrellas, houses, caves, bridges, nets and palaces, showing a great variety of shapes and postures. Various types of ancient rattans and vines, wild Chinese gooseberries, mountain grapes, chariots and walnuts, wild haws and mountain pears can be seen throughout the valley. Moreover, many rare stone carving relics are scattered around the valley.

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