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Photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Photograph and blog post by Ben McLaughlan, Canada.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China

Why is photographing Zhangjiajie National Forest Park on the Snap Spotz photographer’s bucket list?

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is home to spires of rock shooting up in unique formations, it is understandably a popular place to visit in China.

Some of the trails aren’t are extremely busy with visitors, but there are hikes in this forest that lead you through overgrown trails and uninterrupted views. You might even be lucky enough to encounter some of the friendly locals chilling out along the handrails of the cliff edge.

China’s beautiful Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of those unforgettable places to visit, and just spending a few hours here, you’ll see why it’s a must see place for many travelers to China.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China - Ben McLaughlan
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China – Ben McLaughlan

When is the best time to photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?

Anytime is a great time to photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park although opening hours are from 07:30-18:00 so you will not be able to photograph outside of those hours.

Where is the best spot to photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?

Following the hiking trails around Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the best way to get stunning views inside the park.

Many of the trails the follow the cliff edge of Zhangjiajie National Forest and give similar views to that in the photograph. To get the monkey in the foreground, you’ll have to be a little lucky, as they don’t tend to sit for too long.

Tips or recommendations to photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Hunan Province.

Cost: The entrance fee to access Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is 258 Yuan – $37.50 USD. A ticket is valid for two days and travelers with valid tickets can pay unlimited visits to the park within valid days

Opening time: 07:30-18:00.

How to get there: Buses to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park are available at the coach station near the railway station. The buses depart approximately every 10 minutes and it takes about 40 minutes (32 km) to reach the park. The bus ticket costs approx CNY10.

Travel tip: Service of carrying baggage (normally CNY10/bag) up to the mountain is provided by the local at the park.

Highest peak: Doupeng Mountain (1890 meters)

Ease of access to photograph Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?

Accessibility rating between 1 and 10. 1 being wheelchair accessible, 10 being a difficult (and possibly dangerous) hike requiring rock climbing experience!

Rating = 5

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China. 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 that forms these pillars is the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants that 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 the Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.


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Ben McLaughlan|Horizon Unknown

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Ben McLaughlan, Canada
Ben McLaughlan, Canada

Camera Settings

CameraNikon D3200
LensNikon 18-55mm lens
Camera Settings1/160 sec at f/7.1, ISO 200
Photo editing toolLightroom

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