Enshi Overview

Located in the remote, mountainous southeastern corner of Hubei, the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture (Ēnshī Tǔjiāzú Miáozú Zìzhìzhōu, 恩施土家族苗族自治州) is a far cry from Chongqing to its southwest. Home to the Enshi Grand Canyon, a green gorge lined with sheer cliff faces and jagged spires topped with foliage and often blanketed in swirling mist, the rugged, forested prefecture is largely made up of scattered Tujia and Miao villages. The Miao make up nearly half of the prefecture's 3.5 million people, while the Tujia make up about one third. The seat of the prefecture is Enshi City (Ēnshī Shì, 恩施市), a small town located along the Qing River in a gradually sloping valley with a population of around 780,000. Though the city is now connected with the rest of the country through its airport, train station and a highway network, much of the prefecture remains a remote and rugged destination.

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