Located in the western province of Hunan, China, the city of Zhangjiajie is lush in nature, with mountains that look like pillars, and the natural parks of the Wulingyuan region with more than 1,400 varieties of plants and 110 animal species.
The thick fog that covers the high parts of the innumerable mountains mysteriously involves an area that gained worldwide fame through the movie ” Avatar .” The filmmaker James Cameron was inspired by the place, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1992, to set the stage.
About 3 thousand reliefs of karst forms that reach 1,5 thousand meters in height sow like giant needles the forest park and the trees and plants punctuate their ridges and slopes.
The walls of the mountains are perfect to practice climbing, and 300 km of tracks allow the practice of senderismo in a region which can be reached by cable car and after a journey of an hour’s drive from Zhangjiajie, a modern city of 1, 7 million people founded only 30 years ago.
In the park is Baofeng Lake, with jade green waters and a beautiful natural landscape surrounded by mountains and waterfalls that can be contemplated on a boat trip.
Zhangjiajie also has Tianmen Mountain (Gate of Heaven), listed as one of the most beautiful in the world and 1,500 meters high, and which is reached by the longest cable car in the world.
The trip to the summit has stunning views and dizzying cliffs, with two glass bridges that surround the mountain. The descent ends the experience by the road of the 99 curves.
Two cliffs of this mountain are joined by the glass bridge, an engineering work of 430 meters in length and 300 of height from where it is possible to admire the spectacular nature in Zhangjiajie and that since its inauguration in August 2016, was visited by 65 millions of people.
“We are a tourist model for the whole country,” and “the aim is to raise the standard of living to world standards,” Guo Zhenggui, a Chinese Communist Party general secretary in the county, told a group of journalists.
One of the most visited places in China, Zhangjiajie wants to open up to the world and promote itself as a tourist spot, to become the main tourist destinations of the Asian country.
“Our doors are always open. Last year, we had a visit from 70 million national tourists, but we have to improve the needs of international tourism. We want to offer quality service. International training and collaboration is a very important part. “
Zhangjiajie “wants to be a green city”, and tree planting reaches 70% of its space and wants to raise that percentage.
The enclave, one of China’s most visited tourist areas in central Hunan province, home to Mao Zedong, has modern infrastructures and the railway linking the north of the country with the islands will be inaugurated within two years.
The city’s surroundings, which connect with 50 Chinese cities and nearby countries and have a major hotel offer of the highest quality, was visited last year by around 70 million tourists.