Hundreds of miles from the hustle of Beijing and Shanghai, 3,000 rock pillars rise to pierce the sky and create an extraordinary forest of sandstone. Each of these incredible monoliths is a fragment of a long history, attaining its unique form through years of weathering and physical erosion. The park carries the honor of being China’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also inspired the landscape of Pandora in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Strap in as we fly high above the floating spires of Zhangjiajie National Park.
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