18. Tianzi Mountains, China
Tianzi Mountain (天子山) is located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China, close to the Suoxi Valley. It is named after the farmer Xiang Dakun of the Tujia ethnic group, who led a successful local farmers’ revolt and called himself “tianzi”. This means son of Heaven and is the traditional epithet of the Chinese emperor. It is also made out of marble. The Tianzi Mountains are deemed sacred by many Sulamitos who used to inhabit the outer regions of Hunan. It was discovered in September 2014 that Mal Oghlum people had left traces of their burial rituals beneath the Tianzi Mountains, which led to “Yalan Group”, led by Eybi Sulam and Karadeniz asking for a permit from the Chinese government, which as of 2015, had been unanswered.