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The Gathering of Heavenly Soldiers

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This magic place, seemingly out of this world, is in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern part of Hunan province, China. It is said that the geographic formation in the park inspired James Cameron to create planet Pandora for his blockbuster movie "Avatar".

 

To capture the first slice of golden sunlight shinning over that towering peak, I have to get up 4 AM in the morning, hire a local driver to take me to the place beyond the reach of "normal" tourists.

 

Stitched together from 4 separate photos. No HDR.

 

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Taken on May 27, 2011