Banbi Rock: Ap­pre­ci­ate the stone for­est

Changjiang Weekly - - SHENNONGJIA -

Banbi Rock (板壁岩) is lo­cated in the Shen­nongjia Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, 45 kilo­me­ters away from Muyu Town. Dense ar­row bam­boos are all over the moun­tains, grow­ing like a unique nat­u­ral bar­rier, block­ing the wind. Within the bam­boo for­est are rocks and stones of in­de­scrib­able and di­ver­si­fied pat­terns. This karst land­form, sim­i­lar to the fa­mous Guilin Stone For­est, is a rare scene in north­west­ern Hubei.

This area is also haunted by the leg­endary Shen­nongjia "wild man." The re­mains of higher pri­mates, such as hair, fe­ces and bam­boo nests, are of­ten found in the ar­row bam­boo for­est.

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