Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie, China
There’s no question that Wulingyuan is a scenic spot. Its towering sandstone pillars that stretch skywards make this place feel like nowhere else on Earth. Located in South Central China’s Hunan Province, this is a spectacular land. Boasting countless peaks, gorges, rivers and ravines, it’s no surprise that Wulingyuan continues to prove popular.
There’s a great deal to see here, but it’s those imposing pillars that prove the biggest draw. Formed from quartzite, there are more than 3,000 to be seen here. Like something from an alien land, the effect can be haunting. Like to dig a little deeper? There are more than 40 caves here, many rich in calcite deposits and always beckoning the adventurous. Pencil in a little time here and be sure to look out for Tianqiashengkong. One of the highest natural bridges on Earth, it looks a little like a portal to another world.