The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China.
In 1988, it was recognized as China’s first National Forest Park. In 1992, it was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Its unique geographical features make it a popular tourist destination for both Chinese citizens and foreigners. Annually, the park brings millions of yuan in park revenues. Most of that money comes from Korean tourists, and for this reason many of the park workers learn Korean as a second language. Also, the shopkeepers in and near the park will accept Korean Won in addition to the Yuan.
The most notable geographic feature of the park is 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.