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I have a lot of picture of modern architecture in China, I will show something from time to time but I much prefer these natural sky scrapers.

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area.The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. Although resembling karst terrain, this area is not underlain by limestones and is not the product of chemical dissolution, which is characteristic of limestone karst. They are the result of many years of physical, rather than chemical, erosion. Much of the weathering which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. The weathered material is carried away primarily by streams. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.

To go to Zhangjiajie is a bit long way. First, 700 km by train to Changsha. Who have heard of Changsha (except Gert who was there and Peter). 7 millions inhabitants. Then four hours by bus, and finally 30 km by taxi to Wulingyuan. And my dream to see these amazing shapes came true. Usually the photos are with haze and fog. I was lucky with the sun.

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This is the view from the area near the upper station of the cable car. In Workshop the view from below.

View from below

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