Location: Chongqing City, Fengjie County, Xinglong Village
重庆市 奉节县 兴隆镇
Note: This place is often confused with another famous scenic area with a similar name in Wulong 武隆 district, which also belongs to Chongqing City. These two Tiankeng Difeng (“Heaven Pit Earth Crack”) 天坑地缝 are far away from each other, 6-7 hours by car. See this post about the scenic area in Wulong. Below is a map with both sites:
This post is about the scenic area in Fengjie County.
Tiankeng and Difeng are 2 separate scenic areas.
Difeng is located a couple of kilometers outside Xinglong village.
Tiankeng (also called Xiaozhai Tiankeng 小寨天坑) is 15 km from Xinglong, a 30 minutes taxi ride (40-50 yuan). There are also public buses, around once an hour.
Tiankeng, “the heavenly pit”, is the world’s deepest sinkhole, 666 meters.
Difeng (“earth crack”) was closed for maintenance, so we could only see it from the road high above.
Time of visit: October 2017
We arrived in Xinglong by bus from Suobuya Stone Forest 梭步垭石林 via the nearby village Taiyanghe 太阳河 where all bus lines end. From there small “village buses” cover the countryside, see photo below. We took a minibus to Shiruguan Tunnel 石乳关隧道, a 2.5km long tunnel connecting Hubei Province with Chongqing. The minibus driver arranged for a three-wheeled cab to pick us up and take us to our hotel in Xinglong.
Tiankeng entrance ticket:
Tickets for the scenic area electric buses.
The starting point of the hike is within walking distance from the ticket office (a couple of kilometers), but there’s not much scenery along the way.
“Only 600 steps left”
The bottom of the pit
We left Xinglong by bus to Fengjie, 70-80 minutes.