China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park By Steven Garcia, Joel Anderson, 2022


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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a national forest park located in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. In 1982, the park was recognized as China's first national forest park with an area of 11,900 acres. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of a much larger 153.5 sq mile Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In 1992, Wulingyuan was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. The unique rock formations are the result of many years of physical erosion. Much of the weathering that forms these pillars is the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants that grow on them. The weather is moist year-round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. These formations are a distinct hallmark of the Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. One of the park's quartz-sandstone pillars, the 3,540 ft Southern Sky Column, was officially renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in honor of the movie Avatar in January 2010. The film's director and production designers said that they drew inspiration for the floating rocks from mountains from around the world, including those in Hunan province. Now available as a poster print, canvas, metal sign, mini-canvas, notecard, or postcard, this original vintage-style illustration will look great on any wall. The poster would also make the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates vintage poster art, travel art, retro art, and original illustrations. To learn more about stunning world travel destinations in this region, check out the official website for National Parks.

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