Huaihua (Chinese: 怀化) seated in the western part of Hunan Province, is adjacent to Shaoyang to the east, Guangxi Province to the south, Guizhou to the southwest, Xiangxi to the north.
The city is a railway transportation hub in Hunan Province. The Jiaozuo-Liuzhou Railway, the Xiangqian Railway (which leads from Hunan to Guizhou) and the Chongqing-Huaihua Railway connects the city with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and other major cities throughout China.
Huaihua hosts diverse activities, such as cultural festivals, to boost the city's tourism industry. In 2010, nearly 10.98 million tourists visited Huaihua, which brought over RMB 7.03 billion in tourism income to the city, up 49.9% year on year.
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (Chinese: 湖南张家界国家森林公园) is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City.
In 1982 it was recognized as China's first national forest park and is part of the much larger Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In 1992, Wulingyuan was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2004 it was listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.