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    Posted March 26, 2012 by
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    Zhangiajie - Mountains in the Sky

     
    One of the most spectacular places I have been in my life! My partner and I were living in China at the time and after seeing a shot of these mountains on TV I booked flights the same night! The national park in Zhangjiajie is located in the Wulingyuan district which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    After a good walk into the national park and a serious 4 hours uphill we reached the viewing platform a few hours before sunset. Funnily enough when you reach the top you are greeted by smiling local (Chinese) tourists who have taken the "bus option" you never saw! Completely unexpected but bitter sweet as the 'scenic route' was breathtaking itself.

    Once up high the view is unbelievable, hundreds of natural spires pointing to the sky. If you come here at the right time of the year the cloud cover actually dips below the peaks - (Apparently In fact one of peaks has been officially renamed Avatar Hallelujah mountain)

    We were so awestruck and admired the view for a little too long! It was pitch black heading back down the trail and navigating our way back through the park and took us more than 5 hours to get to the park entrance!

    TRAVEL TIP: Carry a torch! Also make sure you visit the "ancient" city of Fenghuangcheng which is a short trip south.

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