Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People's Republic of China. It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area.


In 1982 it was recognized as China's first national forest park with an area of 4,810 ha. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of a much larger 397.5 km² Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In 1992, Wulingyuan was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was then approved by the Ministry of Land and Resources as Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest National Geopark in 2001. In 2004, Zhangjiajie Geopark was listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. Although resembling karst terrain, this area is not underlain by limestones and is not the product of chemical dissolution, which is characteristic of limestone karst. They are the result of many years of physical, rather than chemical, erosion. Much of the weathering which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. The weathered material is carried away primarily by streams. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.

One of the park's quartz-sandstone pillars, the 1,080-metre Southern Sky Column, had been officially renamed "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain" in honor of the eponymous film in January 2010. According to park officials, photographs from Zhangjiajie inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains seen in the film. The film's director and production designers said that they drew inspiration for the floating rocks from mountains from around the world, including those in the Hunan province.

In May 2016, the park is expected to have the longest glass bridge in the entire world.

  • 张家界 武陵源
  • 世界自然遗产武陵源金鞭溪(Jinbian Stream, Wulingyuan, World natural heritage)
  • Zhangjiajie 张家界
  • Phong cảnh Đại Cảnh Quan
  • Zhangjiajie 张家界
  • 空中田原 field in the sky
  • 空中田原 field in the sky
  • 乾坤一柱(阿凡达)
  • 空中田园
  • 张家界奇山
  • 张家界奇山
  • 天子山
  • 远观百龙电梯
  • 袁家界-四十八將軍岩 2010-10-21
  • 张家界风光
  • Zhangjiajie, China(張家界)
  • 张家界天下第一梯


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    Bailong Elevator

    The Bailong Elevator (literally Hundred Dragons Elevator) is a glass elevator built onto the side of a huge cliff in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China that is 330 m high.