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Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest Geopark

Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest Geopark is located in Hunan Province, China. The geopark covers a total area of 3.600km2. In the area 4 main scenic spots—Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Valley, Tianzi Mountain and Yangjiajie Nature Reserve—together with Huanglong Cave constitute an integrated ecosystem with a series of geomorphologic landscapessuch as mountains, water bodies, bridges, caves and waterfalls. The area is a rare natural museum and famous tourist scenic spot.

The Wulingyuan peak forest landform in Zhangjiajie represents a unique geomorphic and physicogeographical feature. The peak forest was developed in Devonian Taiyunguan and Huangjiadeng formations, with a distribution area of 86km2. It is a world-rare and unique landform formed in a special tectonic position and under particular conditions of neotectonism and exogenous processes. More than 3,000 rock peaks aloft within the area, of which 1,000 peaks exceed 200m in height, and Jinbianyan exceeds even 350m. The individual geometry includes mesa, platform, peak wall, peak cluster, peak forest, crosscut, stone door, natural bridge and valley, etc. The geopark is centralized by its sandstone peak forest unparalleled in the world, lined with karst landscape, and has many geological heritages such as shaped geological sections, special fossil relic. These constitute a geomorphic assembly of sandstone peak forest with particular characteristics.