China's Tianzi Mountain Rises Toward the Heavens

In South Central China, visitors will find mountain fingers pointing to the heavens. The Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and nearby areas offer awe-inspiring natural scenery that takes visitors back to a primitive geological world.
—By Pamela Grant

Tianzi means "Son of Heaven," which is a name given to Chinese emperors in the past. It is such an appropriate name for China's Tianzi Mountain in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Wulingyuan District. Located in Zhangjiajie City in the Hunan Province of China, the spectacular mountain is an ancient geological formation formed from quartz sandstone approximately 400 million years ago, as the earth's crust rose periodically over a period of 2 million years.

The stunning raw result is the equivalent of natural skyscrapers reaching like fingers to the sky in the Suoziyu Valley. The Tianzi Mountain delivers a breathtaking view created by the sea bottom rising up and erosion creating the peaks. If this i...

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