Zhangjiajie National Park, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China
Zhangjiajie National Park
About this place
Zhangjiajie is a rising tourist city famous for its unique natural scenery and abundant tourism resources.
It is located in the northwest of Hunan province, about 400 kilometers away from Changsha, capital of Hunan, covering a total area of 9,563 square kilometers, of which 76% are mountainous area.
Out of its total population of 1.62 million, almost 72% belong to ethnic minority groups, including Tujia, Bai and Miao nationalities.
Zhangjiajie is a prefecture-level city consisting of Yongding and Wulingyuan Districts, Cili and Sangzhi Counties.
Wulingyuan District, also called Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, is endowed with striking natural beauty.
This site is dominated by more than 3,000 narrow sandstone pillars and peaks, many over 200m high.
Between the peaks lie ravines and gorges with streams, pools and waterfalls, 40 caves, and two large natural bridges.
It is also home to a number of endangered plant and animal species.
Therefore, it was listed into the World Natural Heritage Catalogue by the UNESCO in 1992.
Zhangjiajie was awarded the title of "World Geological Park" in 2004.