How To Plan ZhangJiaJie National Forest Park Tour
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• Address:WulinYuan,Zhangjiajie City,Hunan Province,China
• Nearest city: Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, China.
• Location: Wulingyuan Scenic Area (武陵源).
• Square: 48 sq. km
• Ticket: 248 / 298 RMB
• Work hours: 7.00 am – 6.00 pm
• Time for visiting: 2-3 days
• Tourists: many
• Best time for visiting: september, october.
• Must see areas: Yuanjiajie, Yellow Stone Village, Tianzi Mountain.
What Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Have？ZhangJiaJie Tour Attraction are made of 3 main parts:
This artical is based on zhangjiajie National Forest Park , which is core tourist attraction in zhangjiajie.zhangjiajie National Forest Park have following Block：
- Gold Whip Stream (金鞭溪)photo
- YuanJiaJie (袁家界) photo
- YangJiaJie (杨家界)photo
- TianZi Mountain (天子山)photo
- HuangShiZhai (黄石寨) YouTube video
- LaoWuChang (老屋场) YouTube video
- DaGuanTai (大观台)YouTube video
- Ten Mile Gallery (十里画廊)photo
- SuoYu Stream (索溪峪)
And each above tourist attractions have many sub-tourist attractions, for example, huangshizhai have more than 70 little tourist attractions.
Gold Whip Stream,SuoYu Stream ,Ten Mile Gallery locate at the ground, the other tourist attractions locate at the mount topNearby Tourist Attractions:
What Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Entrance |Exit Gate？
there are 5 entrance gate in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. And the zjj luoguyu and wulingyuan is most used gate for entrancing and exit.
Zhangjiajie Park Ticket validate in 4 days.Forest Park (LuoGuYu) Tickets Box
Why choose this as entrance:
1、you can visit the huangshizhai and gold whip stream, otherwise, its diffculty to do this；
2、Convenient transportation , easy to access。
Disadvantage:in contrast other, not convinent to climb the mountain, only fit the people who have enough time.
WuLingYuan (WuJiaYu) Tickets Box
Why choose this as entrance:
1、rom this gate is convenient to get to the Bailong Elevator to the top of mountain (yuanjiajie), or take the cable car to the mount tianzi. no neccessary to hike up, and easy to Ten-Mile Gallery mini train
2、Convenient transportation , easy to access to baofeng lake and yellow dragon cave and easy to back to zhangjiajie city or airport。
3. close to wulingyuan town,many hotel and toruist street.
this way fit the people who intend to choose this gate as exit,and no enough time.just focus on the highlight of park.
Mount TianZi Tickets Box
The only advantage of choosing this gate is you can take the eco bus to the top, for free, no need to pay cable car or elevator for arriving the top.
The Relationship of each tourist attractions in ZhangjiajieSeparated Tour Site:
ground Tourist attractions under the mount:
1、Gold Whip Streat (金鞭溪)；
2、Ten Mile Gallery(十里画廊)
Tourist attractions On the Top of the mount:
- YuanJiaJie (袁家界)
- Mount TianZi(天子山)
Tourist attractions selections:
Must to see：The above 5 site mentioned。
if you have limited time,you can give up huangshizhai, daguantai,gold whip stream, ten mile gallery, if cover all, need at least 3 days.
The Method of up or down the mount in Zhangjiajie national parkCable Car:
1、YangJiaJie Cable Car (杨家界索道；)photo
2、Mount TianZi Cable Car (天子山索道)
3、HuangShiZhai Cable Car (黄石寨索道)
BaiLong Elevator : special , worthy to experience,queue is long.
Eco Sightseeing Car:
there is shuttle eco car from tianzi tickets box to sanchakou
There are 4 options, only luanchuanpo can apply for up and down hill, the other just separate up or down due to far or scheduled itinerary.
There are four main scenic sites including the Imperial Garden, the Mihuntai Platform, The Southern Pillar, and the First Bridge Under Heaven. In addition, there are numerous other sites that can be enjoyed while at Yuanjiajie.[iframe width=”100%” height=”555″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/NUlyJT3RxQA” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen=”true”]
What to see in yuanjiajieHallelujah Mountains（乾坤柱）:
This fascinating natural feature inspired the blockbuster film, Avatar. Soaring 150 meters in high, and located 1074 meters above sea level, this pillar of stone is a magnificent sight to behold.
The Imperial Garden(后花园）: Located in the northern part of Yuanjiajie, this section of the scenic area is also known as the “Rear” or “Back” Garden. The landscape consists of soaring sandstone pillars and deep ravines with dense forest growing below. Situated on each of the landforms, are dense shrub and tree growth.
The Vertigo Platform（迷魂台): This natural stone observation area is considered the best viewing platform in Yuanjiajie. The panoramic views of the scenic area from this platform are truly breathtaking.
The First Bridge Under Heaven(天下第一桥）: This is regarded as one of the 10 wonders in all of Zhangjiajie.
Also known as the “Bridge Across the Sky”, this natural stone bridge stretches 25 meters across two mountains. With a vertical height of 357 meters, this enchanting site surrounding by clouds is considered the highest natural “bridge” on Earth.
How to get thereYuanjiajie Scenic Area is located in the northern-most section of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It can be accessed by walking an arduous incline following the forest park’s Golden Whip Stream until arriving at a sign indicating Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. Conversely, the easier route is to follow Golden Whip Stream to the scenic site Shui Rao Xi Men(水绕西门）, then take a bus to Bailong Lift. This is an incredible outdoor elevator built into the side of the mountain that ravels 40 storeys in two minutes. Once at the summit, visitors can take the bus that travels to the Vertigo Platform, which is the entrance to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area.
Bailong Elevator (Hundred Dragon Elevator)
Bailong Elevator is the highest outdoor lift in the world. It brings tourists to the top of 330-meter steep slope in the center of Zhangjiajie Park. The ride in a glass elevator cabin will open stunning views of the valley. The main thing is to get closer to the window, because it could be up to 50 people in the booth, so not everyone is able to enjoy the beauty in front of of their eyes.
Avatar Hallelujah Mountain One of the park’s quartz-sandstone pillars, the 1,080-metre (3,540 ft) Southern Sky Column, had been officially renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” (阿凡达-哈利路亚) in honor of the eponymous film. This pillar is the main attraction of the park.
The First Bridge Under Heaven
The First Bridge Under Heaven (Tianxia Diyi Qiao) is a unique natural creation. At a height of 357 meters it connects two peaks of the rocks. Its length – 50 meters, width – 4 meters, thickness – 5 meters. This is the highest natural bridge in the world.
The reason Tianzi Mountain takes the spotlight is this area is its height. At 1,182 meters (3,878 feet), it offers the best chance of photographing the sea of clouds, mainly during the spring and early autumn. There is a cable car up to this area and it is popular with photographers.
It has the most concentrated peaks (1262M) in Zhangjiejie, and the home of the hihest peak in Zhangjiajie.
From Tianzi mountain,travelers will enjoy the wide open view of the National Forest Park
The 4 wonders of Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.
What to see in mount tianzi御笔峰（Peak of Imperial Writing Brush)
点将台(Dian Jiang Platform)
神龙堂(Holy Dragon Hall)
神兵聚会（Gathering of holy soldiers)
Yangjiajie Scenic Area
Yangjiajie is located in the southwest of Wulingyuan Scenic Area,It is famous for the quartz sandstone ,needle like karst formation with crystal clear springs and brooks.
What to see in yangjiajieXiangzi Brook(香芷溪)
Natural Great Wall (天然长城）-Giant walls of rock slice through a vivid-green canopy.
One Step to Heaven(一步登天）
Bay of old vines古藤湾
White Crane Platform白鹤坪
Laowuchang(老屋场）Locates between Yangjiajie& Tianzi Mountain, Less visited than Yuanjiajie&Tianzi Mountain, you will see equally jaw dropping views.
What to see神兵聚会（Gathering of the holy soldiers)
空中田园(Terrace Field in the Air)
仙女散花 鸳鸯瀑布（Yuanyang Waterfall）
Pillar of South Heaven 南天一柱
Welcoming Arhats 罗汉迎宾
Couple Rock 夫妻岩
Walking along the Golden Whip Steam,giving you another angle from which you can view the amazing pillar-like peaks. From here they appear to shoot up into the sky like giant natural skyscrapers.
Adored by the Chinese, the peaks have been given a number of different poetic names, including the tallest which stands at 400 metres and is known as the Magical Eagle Protecting the Whip.
The water in the stream is clear, the air pure and the site very well maintained. It is a real treat for those who have been stuck in China’s megacities for the first leg of their tour. The wildlife in the park is extremely varied and you may be lucky enough to spot a panther or a pangolin (an anteater like mammal) all of which inhabit the 350km2 national park. You may even stumble upon groups of monkeys.[iframe width=”100%” height=”555″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fOKnksB1_Pw” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen=”true”]
A ticket to the park costs 248 RMB for 4 days or 298 RMB for a week. Students, seniors and children have to pay 160 RMB and 193 RMB respectively. Children which are lower 1.2 meters go free of charge. The price is rather high, but it’s definitely worth it! You will not regret a penny.
The ticket price includes all the areas and viewing platforms mentioned above, as well as all movements of buses within the park. However, a trip on the funicular, trams and elevators require an additional ticket.
Prices for cable cars and elevators:
- Bailong elevator – 72 RMB.
- Tianzishan Cable Car – 67 RMB one way / 134 RMB round trip.
- Yellow Stone Village Cable Car – 65 RMB one way / 118 RMB round trip.
- Tenli Gallery’s Mini Train – 38 RMB one way / 52 RMB round trip.
The Best Time for Visiting Zhangjiajie national park
- China’s summer holidays (July and August) and China’s National Holidays (Labor day holiday from May 1 to 3 and National Holiday from October 1 to 7) see the biggest crowds.
- From December to February it may snow or become frozen. It is very cold in the mountainous area, and with slippery roads and paths it is not very safe. The forest park is closed for one week in February for routine maintenance.
- April to June is the rainy season when roads in the mountains are slippery and the mountains get the best cloud cover.
- May to October is a high season. So prices are higher and more crowded in general.
- The best time to visit the park is September and October, when the weather is comfortable, and it is not crowded in the park.
There are only small restaurants scattered around each scenic area, which serves simple local food. Your guide will choose the best available restaurant based on your requirements. If you can eat at a restaurant close to the attraction you are visiting, you won’t need to waste time in walking. And there is a McDonald’s at Tianzi Mountain.
Local villages sell food like corn, fruit, and cucumber on the mountain, and there are small snack stalls selling water and snacks.
There are maintained squat toilets at every major sight, but you must bring your own toilet paper. Queues are quite common in the peak travel season from April to October.
Where to Stay in Zhangjiajie?
I recommend to stay in Wulingyuan Town, also known as Zhangjiajie Village, or inside Zhangjiajie Park. Absolutely no need to stay in Zhangjiajie City, because it’s located quite far from the park (50 km).
Close to the entrance to the park, so you can come early in the morning and return late at night. Infrastructure in Wulingyuan is much better than inside the park. Restaurants, shops, hotels from hostels to 5 star.
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park AccommodationOn the Mount of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
there are some hostel on top of the mountain, cluster around the DingXiangRong (丁香榕村) village. nearby the laowuchang also have hostel run by local,.The facilities of these hotels are simple and room are small. Hot water is supplied 24 hours, but some hotels may not supply hair dryers, etc. Breakfast is Chinese style with steamed bread, boiled eggs, and rice porridge.Under The Mountain
Around the forest tickets box,wulingyuan tickets box,tianzi mount tickets box, there are many hostel or hotel to choose
wulingyuan have more hotel choice, and more prosperous than other, there is extra shopping street.
How to Get to Avatar Park?
Do you want to see hovering mountains from “Avatar” movie with your own eyes? Then you need to go to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park also known as Avatar Park. Amazing rock formations of this unique park are prototypes of world-famous “Hallelujah Mountains”. Beauty and unusual nature of the park are incredible. Mountain peaks and caves, streams waterfalls, rare plants and animals. There is no photo that could show splendor and grandeur of this place. Experience your get in the place is much better than you can imagine.
It’s not difficult to get to the famous park:
- 1. Fly to Hunan Airport. There are flights to Zhangjiajie from any big city in China.
- 2. Use taxi or bus to get to the park or to a hotel.
I recommend to use a taxi. It’s not expensive and much more convenient that buses. The price could be 100 RMB – 300 RMB. It depend on time of the day, your skin color, amount of taxis on the parking etc. Normally drivers try do not use taximeters, so please be careful.
If you want to get to the park by bus, then go to the bus station (next to the train station and McDonald’s). You need a bus that goes to the main entrance to the park. The name of the stop is Wulingyuan Menpiaozhan (武陵源 门票 站). It will cost you about 12 RMB.
A Piece of Advice
Queues are normal in the forest park, so please be patient and try to avoid Chinese national holidays. Bailong Elevator is the worst place (waiting time is 1–2 hours, sometimes even 4 hours!).
Come to the park early in the morning. Most of the tourists come after 10 am, and the park opens at 7 am.
Almost no one speaks English in remote provinces of China. It’s better to learn a set of basic phrases to be able to communicate with the taxi drivers, to make an order in a cafe, etc. All names and addresses need to be written down in English and Chinese.
Not everyone in China can read and write. It’s better to have pictures of everything that is important, including Danxia spots and a hotel. And to be able to pronounce it. It helps also as an additional information to a written address or a name.
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