The Zhanghu Scenic Area is connected to Guilin Village at the end of Huashan Coffee Park. This place is not named for its lake but for its topography. Due to its mid-elevation, it is constantly surrounded by clouds and mist. The suitably angled slopes make Gukeng an important tea-producing region. But that’s not all Zhanghu is known for. The riverbed underneath the suspension bridge has been discovered to house fossilized shells. Some have been identified as scallops, yellow moon shells and screw shells from the early Pliocene period. The myriads of fossils found on the riverbed make it a natural geology classroom. If you want to learn more about geology and fossils, you can visit the fossil museum located inside Zhanghu Elementary School.

Photo by Yang An Shen