Shennongjia – Dajiuhu (“Big 9 Lakes”) 大九湖湿地公园

How to get there: 2 1/2 hours by car from Muyuzhen 木鱼镇, the tourist center in Shennongjia.

For maps and details about the entire Shennongjia Geopark, see this post.

Time of visit: October 2017

Views from the road to Dajiuhu:
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The road to Dajiuhu passes a small scenic area called Banbiyan 板壁岩. It’s crowded because most tourist groups stop here. Not much climbing. No more than an hour is needed, but most of the time is spent in line waiting. Not worth a visit.

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“Three Provinces Stone”, the point where Hubei, Shaanxi and Chongqing meet.
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Dajiuhu starts here, close to Lake No.1
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You can rent a bike for 10 yuan/hour (this is close to Lake No.4)

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The train is popular, but it’s nicer to walk around the lakes.
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Train stop between Lake 4 and 5:
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Instead of returning to Muyuzhen from Dajiuhu, I recommend staying one night in the area and visit Dangyang Gorge 当阳大峡谷 the next day, it’s just a 60 minutes trip from Dajiuhu. See this post for details.

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