Dehang is a village in Hunan.
Dehang is a Miao village in Hunan that is an emerging tourist attraction. The architecture style dates back 600-800 years and restaurants and inns overhang the river. During the week this place is still a rather sleepy old village however coming up to the weekend, around the summer months, the tour groups start flowing in.
Many minibuses bound for this small village depart from the parking lot in front of the train station in Jishou吉首 every twenty minutes. There is also a bus stop in town, there is a sign with Dehang德夯 and another destination on it (chinese). If the bus at the train station is nearly empty they may transfer you to the bus stop in town. As recommended in guidebooks, the last part of the route is really not to be missed. 8RMB
Fees and Permits
The fee to get into Dehang is ¥100. If you have a student card sometimes you will be given a discount! This covers the Aizhai Senic area so all the walks you can do from Dehang as well as a couple of cultural shows and some access to the Aizhai Suspension Bridge (exact details of bridge access needs clarification).
Dehang is very small so walking is your main mode of transport. For the Aizhai Suspension Bridge there is some transport available.
- Jielong Bridge. An aesthetic stone arch bridge crossing the river in the village. Built in 1933 by the ROC, most tour groups will cross it to have there photo taken but outside these times sees only the regular village traffic. Included in Pass. edit
- The Village. Wander the streets of the old town and enjoy the architecture Included in Pass. edit
- Liusha Falls (Flowing Yarn Falls), (Walk from the main square past Jielong bridge and carry on 1.6km.). These 216m high falls are best visited after a down pour. They are a relatively easy walk along a valley and for the adventurous the path continues in loop around behind the waterfall. If the waterfall is flowing prepare to get very wet if you walk behind it. Included in Pass. edit
- 9 Dragon Falls, (Approximately halfway to Liusha falls there is a large shop. Just before the shop the path branches right across the river where there is a little booth belonging to the paths creator, and him waiting to take your money. Path winds 1.5km along side the waterfall). This path is not for the faint of heart. There are numerous rock hoppings over the cascading water fall (one has a rope hand rail), steep steps carved in the bank, and the finally of a wooden ladder leading into foot holes carved into the side of the water fall with metal poles to hand onto. After a down pour when there is a lot of water flowing, plenty of water will run over parts of the track, steps, and the commiting climb above the ladder. Once above the ladder/climb, it opens up and you can seen the largest single drop of the falls seemingly coming out of the cliff. There are good views most of the way up the path as it is essentially one large cascading water fall that it follows. ¥20. edit
- Heaven's Calling Place and Jade Belt falls, (From the square head across the river either on the stepping stones to the left, or over the bridge to the right, continue up the valley 2.6km). Heaven's Calling Place is a stone out crop sitting high above the valley at it's head offering an amazing view point. The walk from the village follows the valley and at the end of the valley climbs past the rather large Jade Belt falls up to Heaven's Calling Place. Heaven's Calling Place can also be accessed by a short walk from a road at the other end, so walking past the outcrop up the stairs, there are usualy hawkers selling drinks, snacks, and souveniers. If coming from the village the path is scenic, but largely empty until the falls where you will meet the masses that have walked in from the road. Included in Pass. edit
- Hanging Gorge Falls, (From the square head towards the entrance gate, at the large bend head up the valley on the left.). After a down pour promises a valley full of water falls. However as of June 2014 a couple of 100m up the path, a hopping stones crossing of the river has washed out. It doesn't look to be a difficult river crossing but you will get wet feet. Included in Pass. edit
- Pangu Peak, (Cross Jielong bridge and walk up the path, keeping left when the path branches and head into the bush.). Pangu Peak is a 700m climb up an outcrop over looking the village. There are reportedly steps carved into the final ascent of the Karst Peak. When the path is wet it can be very slick edit
- Aizhai Ancient Village, (Walk out the main entrance gate along the road for a couple hundred meters to a parking lot (usually empty) in the corner there are steps down to hopping stone river crossing and concrete path following a water channel. Path later turns into a cobeled path. 4km). From Dehang village a pleasant walk along the river through rice paddies. The path passes under the Aizhai Bridge and ends at village where there are a few eateries and shops. When wet the path can be quite slippery, and as of June 2014, a 10m section of the cobbled path has collapsed and been replaced with a few stones perched on the edge of a rice paddy. Once reaching the village it should be possible to walk up to the main road to catch a bus back, or many of the vans heading back to Dehang may stop and pick you up should be about ¥5 for the ride. Make sure you have your ticket on you to get back into the village free. edit
- Aizhai Suspension Bridge. The worlds longest and highest tunnel to tunnel suspension bridge, hangs 350m above the valley floor. At the time of writing it is also the worlds 15th longest suspension bridge. There is a pedestrian walk way under the bridge and tours can be arranged from Dehang. Alternatively you can view it from the valley floor on the walk to Aizhai Ancient Village ?. edit
- Miao Minority Show, (In the amphitheatre between the square and the entrance gate). Morning and Afternoon Shows. Watch locals half heartedly put on a performance to re-enact cultural weddings and dances. Show is geared heavily towards chinese tourists and all shows are in chinese. Included in pass. edit
- JielongQiao Kedian, (Over looking the river next to the Jielong Inn which is next to the Jielong bridge). A small inn over looking the river. Has 3 rooms on the top floor, a double and two twin doubles. Rooms have a fan and fly screens only across the windows (no glass). There is one shared bathroom (shower, squat toilet) in the basement. All very clean, the hostess only speaks chinese but is very friendly, also has a small restaurant over looking the river with english menu, and good food. Food prices are in line with most hostels in touritsy locations (¥10-20 for vegetables based dish, ¥40+ for meat). In range of Wifi next door at Jielong Inn and they will give you the password. ¥60 Dbl. edit
- Jielong Inn, (Next to Jielong Bridge). Larger inn with wifi edit
Minibuses depart from the village square every 20 minutes for Jishou, 8RMB. Note: if planning on continuing to Fenghuang, ask the bus driver to drop you at the West Bus Station (Xi Zhan).