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Zhangjiajie Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park,recognized in 1982, is the first national forest park in China.As a part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area,  it also is the world natural heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1992.  And it  named the World's Geological Park Park in 2004.The famous Avatar Hallelujah mountain was originally named the South Celestial Pillar or Qiankun Column. It is located on the Yellow Stone Villiage sightseeing route, inside the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, north of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Features of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
With wonderful geographical features, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park makes it a popular destination for  tourists  from China and abroad. Here are more than 3000 surprising pillar-like formations pulling out from earth and seen throughout the park. The peaks are in varied shapes, some looks lie a human, some looks like objects and some are in the shape of animals, etc. Vivid formations can be found everywhere of this national forest park. People there usually can not help to show their acclaim as the peak of perfection. Not only the mountains are attractive, but also the ghylls, conduits, flying waterfalls and bloom flowers and green grasses… Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is as if a huge painting of Chinese beautiful landscape. 

What to see in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park mainly includes three scenic spots, such as the Yellow Stone Village, Yaozi Stockade Village and the Golden Whip Stream.

Also called the Yellow Stone Stronghold (Huangshizhai in Chinese), it is located west of the park. It is named after a story where by Huang Shi saved Zhang Liang from misfortune when the latter isolated himself from society in this forest.
Occupying an area of 41 acres and 1,200 meters (0.8 miles) above sea level, this stronghold is the largest observing spot of the forest park. One cannot claim to have visited Zhangjiajie without visiting Yellow Stone Stronghold. The main attraction spots include Tranquil Trail in Fir Woods, Imperial Edict and the Precious Box, Needle Peak, the Southern Gate to Heaven, Five-Finger Peak and so on.
Visitors can take cable car  up to the Yellow Stone Village and the walk around it to see the sixt wonders of the scenic spot.

Golden Whip Stream
Sceneries along the Golden Whip Stream are most enchanting in the park. Named after the Golden Whip Rock that it flows by, this stream, 5.7 kilometers long (3.5 miles), joins the Lute stream in the west and Suoxi Stream in the east. A 300-meter (984 feet) walk from the gate of the park will lead you to the entrance of the Golden Whip Stream. Flanked by ridges and peaks, the crystal clear water makes it possible to observe every action of the fish in the water. Wild flowers are in abundance here.
On the way, girls from Tujia will present visitors traditional folk songs when requested. The main attraction spots here include: the Welcoming Guests Rock, Golden Whip Rock, Reunion Rock and the Purple Grass Pond.
Praised as the most beautiful canyons in the world, the Golden Whip Stream is the paradise of hiking. Usually, it takes about 3 hours walking for full length of scenic spot.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon: It is located to the east of the forest park, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. There is an exciting Glass Bridge in it, considered as the world’s highest and longest glass bridge now. You can have the entire Grand Canyon in sight standing on it.

The northern part of the park is the essential tourist route. Yuanjiajie is a natural platform that faces giant rocks rising from deep valleys and surrounded by higher mountains. Unique in their shapes and covered with pine trees, these rocks resemble a vivid Chinese painting.
Main attraction spots include: Back Garden, breath taking Mihun Stage, the First Bridge under the Sun and Avatar Hallelujah Mountain (previously called Southern Sky Column). The director and production designers of Avatar were inspired by the photos of Southern Sky Column and then designed Na’vi people’s home Hallelujah Mountain in the film. In January of 2010, the Southern Sky Column was renamed to its current name.

Travel Tips
Add: Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Wulingyuan District of Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province, China
Entrance Fee: CNY 248 , the entrance ticket you get allows visits to the four parts of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park,Yangjiajie Natural Reserve,Tianzi Mountain and Suoxi Valley (Ten-mile Gallery). but the entrance fee doesn’t include the cable cars and Bailong Elevator.
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 every day
Visiting hours: 1 day  
Transport: Take bus from downtown Zhangjiajie or Wulingyuan.
Best time to visit: in whole year

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