Why Zhang Jia Jie is so famous

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Jin Bian Xi

Today, we set off to the highlight of the whole tour, Zhang Jia Jie National park.

We first went to nearby Jin Bian Xi.  Unfortunately, due to the time of the year when we visited the stream, we dont really get to see the water.  However, we saw the great mmountains of Zhang Jia Jie.  I have really heard that Zhang Jia Jie is a very beautiful place, and looked quite forward to it.  However, perhaps its because there are mountains and trees and rocks everywhere, the awesomeness of the place decreases every minute.

After a short trip at Jin Bian Xi, we went to the main attractions in Zhang Jia Jie, basically to see the stones mountains.  Our tour guide compared the mountains here to the Stone forest in Yunnan. Basically, they are the same, just that the ones in Zhang Jia Jie has trees growing on them, thus giving the whole scenery more colour and imagination.

The medicine man
  We took the eco-bus there and went to a place called Ten-mile picture gallery.  There is a small train that took us along a stretch of road, and showed us some mountains which symbolises people, animals, scene etc.  As it is an audio guide, there was no one to point out where is the human standing etc.  The only 2 scenes that I figured out is an old man plucking herbs in the wild, and the three sisters. 

We took more pictures at the end of the train-ride. We were very lucky because the sky was clear and blue. It was the perfect day to enjoy at outing in the Naitonal Park.  ZhangJia Jie National Park is the first national park in China.  Well, looking at how big China is, it is actually quite surprising that China only designates its first National Park so late.

As the area is in the Tujia minority area, a lot of stone formations draws inspiration from the Tujia legends and folklore.

As we took bus to ascend the hills, ,my mum, who has motion-sickness, began to feel the full impact of the sharp turns on the road and abrupt braking.  We went further up the mountains and came to a restaurant for our lunch.  The temperature is actually a very cool mid-20 degreeC. That's probably, in an air-conditional room in Singapore climate.  We continued our trek and went to a place to take a lift up the mountains.

Basically, we see the formation of the mountains at the foot of the mountains.  Zhang Jia Jie has a renowned lift, that can take us to the top of the mountain and to view the stone peaks of Zhang Jia Jie.

Why Zhang Jia Jie is so famous
  It was actually very scary to see a bubble lift that is ├Ąttached"to one-side of the mountain and see it ascent up.  It's probably 100m tall.  I thought it would be so scary because the lift is not enclosed.  However, though you tend to be frightened because of the knowledge that it is high up, the feeling is actually very great.  The view of Zhang Jia Jie changes completely from mountain formations to a sea of mountian peaks.  All of us exclaimed loudly at the beauty of it. 

We walked up further to see the number one bridge in the world.  Its's a natural arch that links two peaks together.  The bridge is only about 5m wide.  After taking more pictures of the mountain peaks, we went even further in to TianZi mountain, and see an even more breath-taking sight at the West Sea.

  I overheard a tour guide from another group mention the reason for the name.  It's becuase there can be 4 types of seas in the region of the mountain peaks, a cloud sea, wind sea and I forgot about the other 2.  She mentioned that what we saw at that time is a Wind Sea.

After a whole days'walking, we took cable car down.  That's where I see a very interesting poster.  It is about a stone formation that looks like Qin Shi Huang.  The caption read "All fellow stone formation, look into the mirror and pose your best, this is my order" It is both creative and interesting.

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Jin Bian Xi
Jin Bian Xi
The medicine man
The medicine man
Why Zhang Jia Jie is so famous
Why Zhang Jia Jie is so famous
The view of the mountains from bel…
The view of the mountains from be…
Wonders of Zhang Jia Jie
Wonders of Zhang Jia Jie
This is the 3 sisters rock formati…
This is the 3 sisters rock format…
Camel
Camel
Taking the elevator up the mountai…
Taking the elevator up the mounta…
The view from the top
The view from the top
Bye Zhang Jia Jie
Bye Zhang Jia Jie
Zhang Jia Jie
photo by: seahlk