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Jishou Travel Guide

Located in west Hunan Province, Jishou, a county-level city, is the capital city of Xiangxi Tujia & Miao Autonomous Prefecture. And it is also situated on the road between Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Ancient Town, It is must-see when you travel to Phoenix Ancient Town from Zhangjiajie.

History of Jishou
With over 2,000 years history, Jishou City can be dated back to the Qin dynasty. In those days, it was affiliated with Qianzhong Prefecture. During the Song dynasty, a town government was established in a stockaded village, Zhenxi, which in the Ming dynasty became the Zhenxi soldiers and civilians battalion. Qianzhou Prefecture was created during the Qing dynasty. During the Republic of China era it was known as Qian County.In 1953 the area was renamed Jishou county, with two adjacent cities, Jishou and Qianzhou. In 1982 Jishou city became the capital of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. The city of Qianzhou Town now lies just south of Jishou city.

Geography of Jishou
Jishou lies in east of the Wuling Mountain range. About 80% of the city's terrain is low hills or low mountains. The highest elevation is 964.5 meters, at Liantaifeng, near the town of Aizhai and the lowest point is 142 meters, near the town of Hexi.The Dong River, a tributary of the Wu (Yuan River),runs west to east through the city.

Population in Jishou
Jishou City boasted a population of 291,200 in the year 2008, including an agricultural population of 163,100, or 56% of the population. The urban population was 192,500. About 77.3% of the population belonged to the Miao or Tujia minorities, with 121,000 Miao and 101,200 Tujia. Members of China's predominant Han ethnic group comprise the rest of the population.

Top Attractions In Jishou
Jishou City is a popular destination in West Hunan. It attracts tourists to visit because there are some typical attractions around the city, such as Dehang Miao Village, Aizhai Bridge,etc.

Dehang Miao Village Aizhai Bridge

Best Time to visit Jishou
Jishou City is located in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. The cilmate and weather is as similar as Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Ancient Town. You can visit Jishou City in whole year. More read about Xiangxi Climate & Weather

How to get there ?

Jishou has not airport yet.Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport and Changde Taohuayuan International Airport are the nearest airport from Jishou City. But it is easily to get there by train or bus from Zhangjiajie,Huaihuai, Changde, Changsha. Read More: Xiangxi Transportation

Jishou Railway Station is located in north part of Jishou City. Tourists can take trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guiyang, Kunming, Zunyi, Nanning, Liuzhou to Jishou City.And it is only two hours from Zhangjiajie and Huaihua by train.

Jishou North Bus Station is just a few blocks east of the train.From the North Station, frequent motorcoaches connect to Changsha, Dehang, Yueyang, Changde, Zhangjiajie and other cities to the north and east. Fares vary depending on the day and whether it is a holiday. The trip to Changsha usually costs between ¥90 and ¥140 and takes about four to five hours, with a short rest stop at the halfway point.

Jishou East Bus Station is located in Wuling DongLu of Jishou City.From the East Station, buses leave for Fenghuang, Huaihua and other cities to the south and west. Fares vary depending on the day and whether it is a holiday. Motorcoach service to Chongqing began with completion of a new expressway in 2012. The ride takes about seven hours and costs about ¥150.

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