Remember the place called Pandora with its fabulous mountains from the movie "Avatar" by James Cameron? It turns out that it actually exists, and all the sketches for the film were made here – in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China.

Planet Pandora from the movie "Avatar"

Of course, there are no rocks floating in the air and unusual waterfalls. Alien creatures Na'vi and unusual animals from the movie you will not meet here either, but these stunning landscapes will be engraved in your memory for a long time, and the photos will amaze friends and acquaintances.

Zhangjiajie national park

Zhangjiajie, a famous natural park and also a visiting card of China, attracts travelers from all over the world every year for a reason. After all, there is an inimitably rich flora and fauna, breathtaking landscapes, a glorious history seasoned with many secrets, legends and mysticism, as well as a very mild climate. In a word, there is almost everything that is required for lovers of natural beauty and relaxation in the Avatar style.

Toruk statue from the movie "Avatar"

Zhangjiajie, established in 1982 (and soon listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is China's oldest national park. Its territory is approximately 13000 km². The natural beauties of Zhangjiajie are amazing and diverse: these are high mountains with peaks lost in the fog, which suddenly give way to dense green forests. About 500 species of animals live here, including civets, salamanders and a huge number of different birds, as well as many of the rarest plants, such as gingko, mahogany and others.

Zhangjiajie national park

Of course, special attention should be paid to the Wulingyuan rocks, which are part of the Zhangjiajie National Park. This is an amazingly beautiful place and at the same time a natural zoo, botanical and geological reserve. The place is famous for its quartzite rocks, up to 800 meters high.

Wulingyuan Rocks (Zhangjiajie National Park)

The area of ​​the district is 369 km². As a result of the weathering of sandstones and limestones, about 3000 peaks and cliffs of the most bizarre shapes were formed. They are separated by deep gorges with rivers, lakes and waterfalls; there are two natural bridges and about 40 caves. The highest peaks of Wulingyuan reach a height of more than 3 km above sea level. The mountains are home to a number of endangered plant and animal species. 5 routes are open for tourists, including cable cars.

Wulingyuan Rocks (Zhangjiajie National Park)

You can walk endlessly along Zhangjiajie, enjoying the breathtaking views of these places, and watching the life of the unusually rich animal world here. Tourists who have been here claim that a walk in Zhangjiajie Park is comparable to visiting an art gallery of traditional Chinese painting, with the only difference being that all the beauties can be seen live.

Wulingyuan Rocks (Zhangjiajie National Park)

You should definitely visit local attractions: the Yellow Dragon Cave, Mount Tianmen, the Buddhist Temple of Heaven's Gate.

 

Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave is a huge karst cave reaching a height of 140 meters. It is considered one of the largest karst caves in the world and enjoys a reputation for being "magical" (and all thanks to its rich interior "decoration"). There are underground rivers, pools and even waterfalls. In general, the richest underground chamber of the Dragon is located in the cave.

Yellow Dragon Cave (Zhangjiajie National Park)

Yellow Dragon Cave (Zhangjiajie National Park)

Yellow Dragon Cave (Zhangjiajie National Park)

 

Mount Tianmen

Mount Tianmen, whose height is 1518 meters, is rightfully considered one of the main attractions of the national park. This mountain is shrouded in many legends and mysteries as much as its top is shrouded in mist and clouds. There are legends that on the eve of important historical events, a waterfall falls from the top of the mountain, and somewhere in the bowels of the mountain, untold riches are hidden. The longest cable car in the world leads to the top of Tianmen (its length is 7455 meters), when climbing it, breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains and forests open up, and sometimes the road crashes directly into the clouds.

The longest cable car in the world leading to Mount Tianmen

The longest cable car in the world leading to Mount Tianmen

The mountain road to Mount Tianmen is 11 kilometers long and has 99 bends.

 

Buddhist Temple Heaven's Gate

Here is the picturesque cave of the Heavenly Gates, looking at which you really get the impression that after passing under their arches you can find yourself in heaven. This is the highest cave in the world, which was formed naturally – with the help of erosion processes. At the top of Tianmen Mountain is the Heaven's Gate Temple, covering an area of ​​about 10,000 m².

Heaven's Gate Cave (Tianmen Mountain)

Heaven's Gate Buddhist Temple (Tianmen Mountain)

Heaven's Gate Buddhist Temple (Tianmen Mountain)