The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: The First National Forest Park In China

In 1982, this amazing park called Zhangjiajie became the first National Forest Park in China. There you can find amazing nature and also the Bailong Elevator: World's tallest outdoor glass elevator.

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in Hunan Province in the People's Republic of China. It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

In 1982, Zhangjiajie became the first National Forest Park in China.

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It’s now also a UNESCO Global Geopark and is part of the larger Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Area World Heritage Site. In Hunan Province in central China, Zhangjiajie and the wider Wulingyuan area are famed for the three thousand sandstone pillars that dominate the landscape. In between them are gorges, ravines, waterfalls and streams. The sandstone columns were formed by the expansion of ice within the rock and plant roots slowly burrowing into the surface, causing the rock to disintegrate slowly over millions of years.

One of the great pillars was formerly known was the Southern Sky Column and is now the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, as it inspired the scenery of the 2009 movie.

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The towering Bailong Elevator, literally 'hundred dragons sky lift', was opened to the public in 2002. At 326 m (1,070 ft), it is the world's tallest outdoor lift. It can transport visitors to the top from its foot in less than two minutes. The structure is composed of three separate glass elevators, each of which can carry up to 50 people at a time.

In August 2016, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon opened the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, the longest (430) and highest (300 m) pedestrian glass bridge in the world. Thirteen days after opening, the bridge was closed due to the sheer number of visitors. It reopened on the 30th of September 2016 after having adjusted the logistics and safety measures for handling large numbers of tourists.

Bailong Elevator: World's tallest outdoor glass elevator

More about this Elevator you can find  in one of previous articles


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