A Forest of Hoodoos

(Photo by William Lee)

While in China, my brother Bill Lee visited Zhang Jia Jie, a national park and Unesco World Heritage site, known for its hoodoos, giant sandstone and quarzite pillars that rise some 200 meters above the landscape:

ZhangJiaJie (Zhang, the second most populous surname in China, Jia = family, Jie = territory) is the generic name for this area. It is also known as WuLingYuan, the first national forest park in China and an UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenic area occupies 390.8 square kilometers, and area open to visitors is about 264 square kilometers. For comparison, Yosemite National Park and the state of Rhode Island are about 3000 square kilometers. The hoodoos are intertwined with numerous ravines and gorges, many with streams of transparent water, pools and waterfalls. This is one of the few well protected ecosystems in China.

Hoodoos, a geologic term for a pillar of rock, are usually of fantastic shapes, left by erosion. At ZhangJiaJie there are over 3,000 of them. These sandstone and quartzite pillars rise some 200 meters above the surrounding landscape. Actually, coming from Hong Kong, they look just like the skyscrapers we live in.

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