It was as though I had stumbled into another world when I visited the Zhangjiajie Scenic Area in China’s Hunan province. It is an incredible Shangri-la, characterized by over 3,000 quartzite-sandstone pillars that rise over 600 feet from China’s emerald forests. This area has been a designated UNESCO world heritage site since 1992 and is one of the top 40 scenic spots in China. The landscapes are truly remarkable, as are the vast crowds of local tourists eager to catch a glimpse of the unique vistas.

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