These Are the Magnificent Mountains of Zhangjiajie National Forest, China

    Thick clouds sweep through the karst mountain tops, giving the illusion of floating in the clouds. (Screenshot/Vimeo)Up in the clouds, being at Zhangjiajie feels like a world in-between earth and sky. (Screenshot/Vimeo)Some of the views are reminiscent of the movie 'Avatar.' (Screenshot/Vimeo)Gorgeous mist-shrouded peaks. (Screenshot/Vimeo)Trees cling to the craggy mountain tops. (Screenshot/Vimeo)A faint early morning mist above the pagoda. (Screenshot/Vimeo)Sunset here is glorious, like the land that time forgot. (Screenshot/Vimeo)With no light pollution to speak of, time-lapse shots reveal the Milky Way in the night sky. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

    Islands of rock and trees float in a sea of clouds. This magic scene happens during the rainy season in the Zhangjiajie forest in China. The moisture turns into fog which flows among the rock formations and karst mountains.

    Lee’s filming at Zhengjiajie mountains in China takes us briefly to another world—I would love to go.

    Between Heaven & Earth – 张家界 Zhangjiajie, China from Henry Jun Wah Lee / Evosia on Vimeo.

    Lee is the cinematographer who filmed this stunning short scenic film, for Evosia studios. He’s an incredible artist, deeply connected to nature. His work is a reflection of that: “Inspiring city dwellers to reconnect and draw inspiration from the power, beauty and wisdom of nature.”

    “Between heaven and earth exist all living things. Natural forces like light, wind, heat, cold, and water shape our existence just, as they have the breathtaking landscapes in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest,” writes Henry Jun Wah Lee.

    Traveling to this location of Zhangjiajie is doable, but Lee notes he didn’t see many westerners there. That may be due to it being the rainy season, or just too out of the way for most tourists. But it is that rainy season that creates this magical scene.

    “Light rain won’t do it. You need a downpour. Then, you need to be fast, as the fog doesn’t stay around for very long,” Lee wrote on his Vimeo page. “The right conditions don’t happen often, but when they do, it is an amazing sight to behold.”

    How to get there:

    The arrow points to the location of Zhangjiajie city and National Forrest in Hunan Province, China. (Image: Vision Times)

    The arrow points to the location of Zhangjiajie city and National Forest in Hunan Province, China. (Image: Vision Times)

    You can take an overnight train from Shanghai. Then a 2-3 hour bus ride to the entrance of the Zhangjiajie National Forest. To get close to the locations he was at and to see those views, Lee says it’s another hour’s walk from the entrance. Not a bad little hike.

    Zhangjiajie city is in the northwestern part of Hunan Province. Click here for a map and area guide. The city and region are a beautiful place to visit and there’s plenty to see and do. Zhangjiajie National Forest is a World Heritage Site.

    They’ve recently built an amazing glass elevator up the side of one of the mountains, so if you want the views, but don’t want the climb, this looks incredible.

    There are days’ worth of trails and sights to see in the area, so plan on staying at the very least, two to three days.

    Between Heaven and Earth. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

    Between Heaven and Earth. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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