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I visited many wonderful places in my last journey to China but the main goal was Zhangjiajie National Park. I have been dreaming about going there for some years. It is quite far from other popular places (more 1000 km from Beijing, Shanghai od Guangzhou) but well worth all the effort. I was afraid that May can be rainy season but we had some rain only in the afternoon. It is a big area and two days were not enough. I am not sure if I made a right choice where to go. But it was marvelous place.
Here the view from the cable car.

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 Hunan province.

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