Famous for its spacious parklands
presided over by immense naturally formed columns of rock, Zhangjiajie
is transformed by great herds of tourists every year to the point where
it's impossible to climb any of the more spectacular peaks without being
offered a coke, many, many times over. For the adventurous there are vast
regions where the tourists seldom bother to tread, all equally good, but
if you're happy to coo at the topography for half a day then move on, one
wouldn't be disappointed.
Far more interesting for me was the
city nearby. Zhangjiajie city is a comfortable Hunanese recluse in its
own right, and I found exploring the settlement and observing the locals
every bit as extraordinary as were the tall stones.