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…
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.