We had been trekking into the forest for almost 3 hours and still have not reach our destination and our guide Tung trying his best to encourage us that it almost reached to top of the mountains. During our trekking uphill there were lot of tourists came down with carriages where 2 men holding the chair and going uphill or downhill. It cost about 100 RMB to 300 RMB. We finally reached the top as I am always the last one due to taking photos at the same time.
When we reached the top of the mountains all the members of our group were speechless the scenery was amazing and out of this world. Especially my daughter who doesn’t keen on this trip was impressed with it. All my relatives and friend were smiling and laughing together, all the pains we have suffered from our foots were forgotten. It was summer the hottest period in China so we can’t see the cloudy sky or misty fog around the mountains.
Source from Wikipedia:
Zhangjiajie (张家界; Zhāngjiājiè) is a prefecture-level city in the northwestern part of Hunan province. It comprises the district of Yongding and counties of Cili and Sangzhi. Within it is located Wulingyuan Scenic Area which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 as well as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
The new name of Zhangjiajie City was adopted in 1994, after the National Forest Park in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area (武陵源) in order to give it more prominence and after this site had been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The National Forest Park had been given the name of Zhangjiajie after the name of a small village located within its bounds, and now a popular tourist attraction within the park.
Zhangjiajie is most notable geographic features are the pillar-like formations such as the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.
After enjoying ourselves for an hour, we had to walk down hill to take an Elevator to another level to view the scenic view. At this level the scenery is similar to the the top of the mountains but at least it save our energy to walk down. We had to pay for the ticket to take the elevator which is 70 to 100 RMB. Took a bus to the Shili Painted Corridors is a 5 kilometers long canyon. There are dense wood, fragrant flower and grotesque rock in the canyon. and we walk on the corridors to see the unusual peaks which represent a senor man reading, tiger roaring. mouse looking sky and etc. There were lot of buttery and other insect around these densely forest and we missed the last train so we just returned to the bus station to take the last bus out of the National Park. We were lucky as it closed at 6.00 to 7.00 p.m. during summer so that we can enjoyed the sunset scenic view of this beautiful National Park.
This is a 10 stars scored National Park which is out of this world and fully recommend to all my friends if you are going to this place spent at least 2 or 3 days there as everyday the view change due to the weather and you will get the see the amazing beautiful landscape out of this world. If I do have the budget to visit China again this place will be my next destination again but in different season so that I can see the different scenic view in their amazing surroundings.