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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located in the northwest of Hunan province, China. Covering 13 sq km, the park is known for its unique landscape with lush forests dominated by quartzite sandstone pillars. Zhangjiajie was approved by state department in September 1982 to be built into the first national forest park, and listed by United nations in December 1992 in the Directory of World Natural Heritages. As one of China's most beautiful nature reserves, Zhangjiajie has wonderful hiking trails in a serene environment of staggering natural beauty.

As the first state-level forest park in China, it has been described differently, such as, majestic, eccentric, tranquil, delicate and wild. The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. They are the result of many years of erosion. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.

Zhangjiajie village is a part of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a hospitality center with a population of 500 local people, tourist facilities have been set up, there are one 4-star hotel(Xiangdian International Hotel), one government VIP reception hotel(Pipaxi Hotel), 3-star hotel(Honghegu Hotel, Hualong Hotel, Yalin Hotel),and some hostels like Transport hotel and Railway hotel, a post office, a China Mobile office, a bank of agriculture where ATM is for foreign credit card, internet cafe, shops for daily necessity and local Souvenirs, and local restaurants.

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