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History of Zhangjiajie

In Zhangjiajie, you can fully appreciate its magnificent natural scenery and experience appealing folk custom as well as other thrilling tourist activities, and you will be deeply impressed by the hospitality of local people. It's surely that your visit to Zhangjiajie is really exciting, joyful and unforgettable.

But maybe you don't know that Zhangjiajie was regarded as remote and inaccessible in ancient time. The history of Zhangjiajie can be traced back to the Neolithic Age when it was still named "Dayong". The first human traces in this area have been registered about 100,000 years ago. Like other places in China, a legend has been developed by ancient people. It said that Zhang Liang-a famed strategist of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD), lived here after leaving the imperial court. He lived in fear he would be killed by Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty who had ordered some of his subjects executed out of suspicion they might rebel against him.

Zhang found Qingyan(now Zhangjiajie) Mountain is an ideal refuge due to its haunting beauty and tranquility. He became a hermit. It is said he planted seven ginkgo trees here. Zhang's descendants also are believed to have lived here, which is how the name Zhangjiajie originated. Zhang refers to Zhang Liang's surname, while Jia means family and Jie represents homeland or border.

As Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is increasingly becoming known to world, Dayong city was renamed as Zhangjiajie city in 1994. There are four areas under its governance: Yongding District and Wuling District, Cili County and Sangzhi County. Nowadays, Zhangjiajie is a high tourist place among the top highlights and sceneries of China.

There are three major ethnic minority groups-Tujia, Bai and Miao minority groups living harmoniously with the Han Nationality. Up to now, these people still remain much of their traditional culture, including the language, festivals, clothing, and architectural styles as well. The long history of many minorities and their folk customs such as marriage custom, singing and dancing together with modern culture all contribute to the charm of Zhangjiajie. The people of Zhangjiajie are all very hospitable and visitors immediately feel at home. All of these will give you a lasting memory.

Edited by Elena,
Author/Editor By : HTC