If you’ve seen the James Cameron film Avatar, you might recognize the scenery at China’s majestic Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. According to park officials, it was photos of the national park in Hunan Province of Central China that inspired the floating mountains depicted in the film.
The park was the first designated national forest park in China and a favorite among outdoor loving travelers. The 185 square mile (479 square kilometer) park encompasses countless towering sandstone pillars, many times poking out from a sea of clouds, as well as peaceful streams, gaping karst caves and abundant natural wildlife.
Yuanjiajie, the most popular spot in the park, is where you’ll find the Avatar Hallelujah Mountains, while the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area is home to the newly opened highest and longest glass bridge in the world.
A ticket to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is valid for four days. Elevators, cable cars and the tourist train cost extra.