Precarious peaks, otherworldly rock pillars, limpid streams, dense forests, and large karst caves. This is the dream material that forms the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China’s first of its kind. If it reminds you of something, the Hallelujah Mountains in the Avatar movie were inspired by the park’s Heavenly Pillar!
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of the much larger Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In 1992, the whole site was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2004, Zhangjiajie was also listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
The most astounding geographic features of Zhangjiajie are the gigantic pillar-like rocks that are seen throughout the park. They are the result of many years of physical, rather than geological, erosion.