China · Tianzi Mountains
Tianzi Mountains, located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China, are pillar like structures characterized by old, weathered sandstone mountain-peak remnants, some in the form of massive blocks and some in the form of freestanding sandstone obelisks, or towers.
They look like enormous, natural skyscrapers towering over the forests. The structures here are actually made from dead mountains. How can a mountain die? The elements can slowly eat away at these monoliths as the years pass, leaving small stalks where huge mountains once stood.
These peaks are made from old, weathered sandstone (which are the remnants of mountain peak). A few of the younger mountains are less weathered, so they still have their sharp peaks). And these staggering towers aren’t the only thing that you will find here. The base of these structures has a bit of limestone bedrock, and where you have limestone and water, you have caves – a massive maze of caves.
The landscape here varies in different seasons and also in one day, which makes Tianzi Mountains a very interesting destination. There are 4 highlights for the breathtaking sceneries: peak forest, cloud sea, sunrise, radiance of moonlight, and winter snow. Cloud and mist in Tianzi Mountains enjoy high reputation nationwide, especially just after the rain, which adds much charm to Tianzi Mountains.
In addition to the stunning landscape, the region is also known for the number of endangered plant and animal species that inhabit it, such as the Chinese giant salamander, Asiatic wild dog, Asiatic black bear, and the Clouded leopard.
An Austria-imported cable car was built on the cliff of Tianzi Mountains Scenic Area, which offers a perfect angle to see the stunning views. But in some parts the cable cars will be suspended over half of the sky; it is so steep, not recommended for the faint- hearted.