The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

Tianzi mountains The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

These are the stunning weathered sandstone peaks of the Tianzi Mountains, also known as ‘imperial brushes’, part of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and the Wulingyuan UNESCO World Heritage site. Covered with tropical forests and ancient pine tees, these amazing peaks rise upwards into the sky, often ‘drifting’ amongst the clouds…

ZhangjiajieNP The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

The park is characterized by snow-capped peaks as well as by forested valleys filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls, limestone caves, bridges and thick mists and unsurprisingly, is the place that served as inspiration to the floating mountains featured in Avatar.

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.

Most photos of the Tianzi mountains by Michael Yamashita. Click the images to see the stunning photos in full.

Tianzi mountains 6 The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

Tianzi mountains 4 The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

Tianzi mountains 2 The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

Tianzi mountains 5 The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

Tianzi mountains 1 The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

amazing tianzi mountains The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

Tianzi mountains 3 The stunning floating Tianzi mountains

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Written by Jolle Jolles

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  • linzape

    i will go there..and i will rock climb!