The pillars at Wulingyuan

The Wulingyuan Scenic Area is located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province. Designated as a World Heritage site in 1992, it contains 3,000 sandstone pillars that are shrouded in mist much of the time, making them classic features of Chinese landscape painting.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.