The Soul of Mount Taihang - Wangxiangyan Scenic Area

One of the main scenic spots in the Taihang Grand Canyon is Wangxiangyan, known as the soul of Taihang. Above the entrance gate to the scenic area, the three characters "Wangxiangyan" are very eye-catching, written by Zhang Chongya, who was the county magistrate of Linxian in the 10th year of the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty (1583). How did Wangxiangyan get its name? Legend has it that more than 3,300 years ago, in the 11th century BC, King Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty and his prime minister Fu Shuo, who was born a slave, lived here. The king's residence was here, so this place was called Wangxiangyan.

Soul Bridge

The bridge is designed in a biomimetic style, with a length of 50 meters, a height of 8 meters, and a width of 2 meters. It is suspended by steel cables and has a bridge deck paved with pine wood planks. When people walk on it, their bodies sway and their souls follow the movement of the bridge, thus giving it the name "Swinging Soul Bridge."

Suspension bridge

The monkeys built a very dangerous suspended wooden walkway on the cliff, which is divided into two parts. The lower part has 138 steps and is 50 meters high. Although there are railings, looking down from the narrow walkway, it feels heart-stopping.

Wangxiangyan Waterfall

During the flood season, the water of Wangxiangyan Waterfall gushes out from the mountain stream, washing the uneven rocks on the riverbed and splashing waves as high as three or four meters, creating a deafening sound of flowing water.

Skyscraper staircase

Continue forward and you will reach the Sky Tower Ladder, a steel structure spiral ladder standing upright next to the cliff. It is known as the "First Tube Ladder in Asia" and is 88 meters high, with a diameter of 3 meters and 331 steps. The ladder, when photographed from a distance, resembles a green twisted spiral.

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