Flying mountains 05.05.2018


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Zhangjiajie National Park became extra famous after Avatar movie. Local landscape inspired Cameron and his team to create huge mountains in the movie.

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The park is huge. You would need at least two days to hike around in comfortable tempo.

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There are trails for every visitor. From simple trails...

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...to steep high stairs.

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Though if you have issues with a hard way (or you're just lazy enough for it), there are lifts, cable cars and buses for you.

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Even a monorail.

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The buses are free, however there is no way to go up with a bus. Lines are lying either on upper lever, either on the lower one. Machines to go up would cost a bit more than a penny: 8 to 15 euro one way (doesn't matter up or down).
All information tableau are in pure Chinese or translated poorly. Cash windows workers also do not speak English.

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The height difference between level is more than 700 meters. That's why I decided to walk up :)

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The view from the top is tremendous. Once you're there, you don't want to leave this place.

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There are dozens monkeys on the way.

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Though be careful: once you relax a bit and voilĂ , a monkey stole something from you. I've seen a lot of them trying to open something they took from tourists.

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Though Chinese are also kind of aggressive to animals: people really desperate to film a funny video with a monkey. That's why they find normal to frighten and tease a monkey, so they would have a chance to film something interesting. That's simply disgusting.

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The area around a temple is flooded with red stripes.

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Chinese also really love to make pictures in national clothes.

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I want to highlight absolutely amazing organization level in the park. Trash cans are everywhere (even two of them: for normal waste and recyclable one), excellent routes and trails in a good condition. Simple awesome!
The only thing which is missing is a well designed map with all the routes and timing. And a bit more English signs in the park.

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If you want to go in hardly-accessible places and have no desire to climb there on your own, there is a solution: hire a special guy who will carry you there. However that's an expensive service: starts from 60 euro per person.

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The only thing Chinese can't control in the park is weather. If you're not lucky with it, well. You're not lucky :)
My second day was foggy and rainy. Sometimes I could see almost nothing.

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Though sometimes clouds disappeared and the view was beautiful. However I had to be fast to take a picture: a minute and the view could be gone under yet another cloud.

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On the park entrance I bought a great tool: a packet for my shoes. It's very convenient. I just put my leg with a shoe inside it and that's it. Dry from the inside like in sunny weather. I wonder I don't have such thing available at home.

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It's really funny to see Chinese in clothes with English phrases. It's obvious that they don't know English at all, that's why I could ses a lot of signs like on the photo. So you can only guess if this girl is "limited" or "vomited" :)
I saw mistakes like this one a lot. Even on shop signs and official documents.

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PS. In the end of the first day I had a chance to reach a well hidden view point. This one was absolutely amazing. I will just leave a couple of photos here.

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It was very tricky to get there. Narrow trails, steep stairs. Though it was the best viewpoint during the day.

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