Zhangjiajie National Forest Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
To be honest, when I picked to go to Zhangjiajie for my holidays, I did not know what to expect. I have heard nothing about this place before that day and was only learning from what everybody was talking about. How beautiful it was and it was a once in lifetime kind of trip. The university organized the whole trip and I got to kick back and enjoy.
After the 24 hours train ride, we finally arrived to the city of Zhangjiajie in the province of Hunan. We stayed at a hotel that was, like most things in China, new and opulent. We had our first meal outside the train and Halleluiah it wasn’t spicy! The first day was a relaxing day and we got to hang around and organize ourselves.
The next day we took a bus and headed to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This park is by far one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Pictures do not do justice (specially when I’m waiving around a point and shoot).
Once we went in, every group took their own path. There were two ways to make it to the top of the peak: either by climbing thousands and thousand of stairs or by taking the cable cars. My friends and I decided to take the cable car up and the stairs down. I’m still debating till this day if that was the best choice. I was so sore half way down, I literally wanted to throw myself down and just roll. Let me roll down this dam stairs!
On our way down, we made some new friends. They were not too fond of us but we still loved them.
A little known fact, Steven Spielberg took inspiration from this park for the movie AVATAR. See the resemblance?
Our tour in Zhangjiajie was divided between the park, cave, and other sites to complete the 3 days trip (2 days were spent traveling by train).
and… this is me! Hej Hej!