Ēnshī 恩施 is a city in and the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, in western Hubei province, People's Republic of China.
The city is built alongside the Qing River and is surrounded by forest-covered mountains. The city has many hotels and restaurants where spicy local dishes can be found.
Enshi Xujiaping Airport (恩施许家坪机场) is located a few kilometers north of the city center.The airport connects Enshi to Haikou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hongqiao, Wuhan, and Guangzhou.
As of 2015 the bullet train now stops in Ēnshī. As a result you can reach Ēnshī in 2 hours from Wuhan, or 2 hours from Yichang.
The speed train to/from Chengdu takes 5 hours. Slower trains from Chengdu can take between 8 and 12 hours. The speed train to/from Chongqing takes 2.5 hours. Slower trains from Chongqing can take between 4 and 6 hours. The 12 hour train running over night (sleeper train). The speed train cost close to double that of the slow train (approximate cost as of November 2016 is 100¥ for the slow train and about 200¥ for the speed train).
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Exit the bus terminal, pass the ladies offering you hotels, cross the street and head to bus parking lot towards your right to get a bus into the town centre. Bus number 22 will drop you off close to the long distance bus terminal in the centre of town where you can catch the bus to the Enshi Grand Canyon. Local city buses cost 2 RMB as of late 2016.
Ēnshī Grand Canyon From Ēnshī town go to the Hang Kong Road (航空大道) Bus Station near the intersection of Minzu Road (民族路). This mini-bus costs 25¥. Show the driver the following Chinese characters for Grand Canyon (daxiagu) to confirm that you have the correct bus 大峡谷. The 50 km journey to the canyon takes 90 minutes. On the way there are views of the scenic Qingjiang river. Go to the ticket office. There are two sections to this AAAAA rated site. The first section called the Yunlong Ground Fissure is a very deep limestone gorge that is full of spectacular waterfalls. From there the second section, Seven-Star Village, can be reached by taking the cable car up to the upper section of the canyon where you can walk among spectacular pillars. This includes the iconic Stone Incense Pillar. Avoid the canyon in winter as the upper track is often closed due to excessive snow. The bus schedule may be less frequent during the winter months. During November 2016 the last mini-bus returning from the Tourism Centre (ticket shop) left at 6pm.
Tusi Ancient City. This site (citadel) is within Ēnshī itself. It costs 50¥ to enter. There is no student discount but children under 130cm tall get in free of charge. There are many historic buildings, artworks, temples and statues in a relatively natural setting. Walk the city walls. Along the walls are both the Bell Tower (with a bell you can ring) and a Drum Tower (as of Nov. 2016 there is no drum in the Drum Tower). The Bell Tower offers a stunning view of the site as well as a view of the modern city that creeps right up to the site. There is virtually a forest growing inside the walls. Included in the ticket price is a cultural performance that runs once a day at 3pm and has a run time of about 40 minutes.