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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, cable cars, china

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Hunan Province, China

China’s first national forest park is 50 square miles of splendid streams, mountainous peaks and ominous caverns. Look familiar? That’s probably because one of the park’s soaring quartz-sandstone columns, Hallelujah Mountain (as it was renamed), was the model for Avatar’s floating peaks. Seeking inspiration yourself? Visit the park from late spring to early autumn for optimal weather, and invest in a private car to get the most out of your visit

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