China 2019 – Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie, in Hunan Provence, is located approximately 1,285 km east south east of Shanghai.  It is a city containing spectacular landforms and parks, which includes the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.  It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and is said to have inspired the filmmakers of the 2009 film Avatar.  The region is famous for its towering quartzite cliffs and Rhesus monkeys abound.  There are three cable cars and the Bailong Elevator that will take visitors to the top of the cliffs.

Notice that, from the picture taken, you appear to be alone.  Turning to the right or left tells a different story.

We spent two nights in Zhangjiajie at the northern entrance to the park and then two at the southern entrance.  Our accommodations here – at the Cube House Guesthouse – were somewhat unique – 500 steps from the street to the guesthouse!

 

7 responses to “China 2019 – Zhangjiajie

  1. Those landforms are fascinating! The crowd of people gave me the creeps, though – I’m glad to experience the area through your photos instead of in person. I notice you were photographing on a misty day – was that fog or pollution?

    • The crowds only occurred at certain sightseeing spots, not unlike parks in the US and Canada. The weather was overcast so it produced a misty effect which, if you are a good photographer (I’m not) can really enhance the appearance of the landforms.

  2. I note that the people dress well, similarly to Americans. This tends to clash old notions in my noggin. It’s easy to rely on old tropes.

    • Yes, in cities like Shanghai and Beijing, if you imagined English instead of Chinese Mandarin, you could be in a modern American city, complete with congestion and “all the modern inconveniences” (Mark Twain).

  3. Spectacular! … and I know my wife would pass on riding those cable cars.

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