The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the most significant China’s natural park.
On the vast territories of China, you can find many fascinating places hidden from the curious eyes of tourists. One of these places is Zhangjiajie, a nature reserve in Hunan province, China. The national forest park of Zhangjiazhi is known for its so-called “flying mountains”, mountain formations in the form of pillars. There are exciting sceneries, multi-level waterfalls, colored lakes, snow-capped peaks and many other natural wonders.
Reasons to visit the Zhangjiajie National Park
The natural beauties of Zhangjiajie are delightful and diverse. There are high mountains with foggy peaks, which are suddenly replaced by dense green forests. There are about five hundred species of animals, including civet, salamander; and a huge number of different birds; and a lot of the rarest plants, such as gingko, mahogany and others.
As a result of weathering of sandstones and limestones, and also washing away of soil, about three thousand peaks and cliffs of the most bizarre outlines were formed. The mountains of the park are covered with dense vegetation, and they are separated by deep gorges with rivers, lakes and waterfalls. These peculiar mountain formations are the distinctive feature of Chinese landscape, depicted in numerous ancient paintings.
In Zhangjiajie, you can walk without restrictions, enjoying breathtaking views of these places, and exploring rich and diverse fauna. There are also some attractions, that are worth seeing, such as:
– the cave of the Yellow Dragon;
– the Buddhist Temple of Heaven’s Gate;
– the Mount Tianmenshan;
The Cave of the Yellow Dragon is a huge karst cave, reaching a height of 140 meters. It is considered to be one of the largest karst caves in the world. There are underground rivers, swimming pools and even waterfalls in the recess of the cave.
The Mount Tianmenshan, which height is 1518 meters, is fairly considered one of the main attractions of the national park. This mountain is veiled in mystery as much as its top is shrouded in fog and clouds. Here is a picturesque cave of the Heavenly Gate, which gives the impression of being in heaven while passing under its arches.
Park, wrapped in legends
A lot of historical events and legends are associated with this beautiful natural park. According to one of the legends, in ancient times, during a brutal, bloody war, one of the commanders of the Yang clan defeated a military camp at the foot of Tianzi Mountain. The war was not over, and the descendants of the Yang clan spread to these places. That is why later this area began to be called Yangjiajie, which in Chinese means “Jan land.”
How to get there?
Zhangjiajie has its own airport, which is connected by regular flights with all major cities of China. Thanks to regular buses it is easy to get to the park from the airport.
The Zhangjiajie National Nature Park is able to affect any person with its natural unique beauty and grandeur. By its beauty, the park does not compare with one another reserve in the world.