Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Zhangjiajie centres around 32 deep canyons, each of which is almost smothered in deep green pines

There are plenty of well-known reasons to visit China – the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warrior Army, the Forbidden City, the food, the shopping. If we had to write a compendium of the places you should see before you die, these would all make the first chapter.

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the south-eastern part of Hunan Province would deserve a place right beside them (captured so beautifully in our featured image, above, by JSolomon).

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Zhangjiajie centres around 32 deep canyons, each of which is almost completely smothered in deep green pines. Gently hidden beneath is a fantastic array of streams, springs, lakes, waterfalls and cave systems. These elements alone would make this a spectacularly beautiful place.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Photo by Kristoffer

But Zhangjiajie is more than beautiful. It’s an extraordinarily picturesque karst formation. More than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars thrust out from the canyon. Some stretch 2,600 feet (800 metres) from base to peak!

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Photo by Angelshoe

Particularly breathtaking views can be had from “Rabbit looking at the Moon”, the park’s highest peak, while “The Village of the Yellow Lion” is home to the indigenous Tutszya, Bo and Miao people – a change see what high altitude life is like in a remote spot far away from any big city.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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