Zhangjiajie, known for its breathtaking scenery, is located in the northwest of Hunan province. Home to China’s first national forest park, Zhangjiajie is endowed with striking natural beauty, its dramatic pinnacles a distinctive feature of the Chinese landscape that are found in many a traditional Chinese painting. They are also said to be the inspiration for the film Avatar. Throughout the park there are more than 3,000 of these narrow limestone pillars, many over 200m high. Between the peaks lie ravines and gorges with streams, pools and waterfalls and caves as well as two magnificent natural bridges. It is also home to a number of endangered plant and animal species and is a UNESCO listed site that was awarded the title of “World Geological Park” in 2004.

China is in the process of building a glass bridge across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area. Spanning 430 metres long and 300 metres high, it is set to be the world’s highest and longest glass bridge once completed.

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Towering pinnacles swathed in mist, sky-skimming mountains and nature at its most verdant are just some of the wonders included on this scenic tour. Indulge your senses with China’s most spectacular, mysterious and dramatic natural highlights.

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Seven Facts About Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie is the most famous of several national parks that come under the Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

The Wulingyuan Scenic Area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

Zhangjiajie’s distinctive pillars are thought to be the product of physical erosion by plant life and ice.

Zhangjiajie’s pillars are made of quartzite sandstone.

One of the park’s pillars has been officially renamed ‘Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’ in honour of the film Avatar.

About 70% of the population of the surrounding area are part of the Tujia tribe of ethnic minority people.

The Wulingyuan Scenic Area as a whole is home to over 500 species of trees.


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