Taiping national Forest Park
Situated in Taipingyu Valley in Huxian County, 44 kilometres (about 27 miles) southeast from Xi'an City, Taiping National Forest Park is known as 'the Jiuzhaigou in the north of China'. The park consists of five scenic areas, namely Stone Gate, Yellow Goat Dam, Moon Palace Pound, Qinling Ridge and Birch Woods, with nearly one hundred scenic spots inside. It is the central scenic area of the Zhongnanshan World Geological Park and the National Central Park.
Taiping Valley is so named because an emperor of the Sui Dynasty built the Taiping Palace there. With an average temperature ranging between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius, this park is gorgeously filled with natural scenery, and served itself as a summer resort during the Tang Dynasty. With peculiar scenic spots inside, it was a natural paradise for the emperors to watch flowers blossom and stay away from the hot weather.
The newly built 5000 metre-long raised footpaths for tourists, 1300 metre-long cableway and 30 metre-long slipping ropeway gives the mountain a totally new look. It is an ideal place for scientific exploration, cliff-climbing, sightseeing, holidays, recuperation and conferences.