In the past Zhangjiajie has been renowned as the bright pearl of northwestern Hunan Province. However, development in this area has lagged behind because of poor communication. Nowadays with the support of the central government, the city has undergone great improvements through the construction of new infrastructure including highways, railways and an airport.
Airport Code: DYG
Location: Hehua (Lotus) Village, Yongding District, 5km (3 miles) from the city center
Brief Intro: Covering a total area of over 2,700 mu (445 acres), Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport was put into service in 1994 to meet the needs of the city's blooming tourism industry. The terminal is uniquely designed in the traditional architectural style of the local Tujia people. It has just begun an expansion project because of the increasing passenger flow and this will be completed before the beginning of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The new expanded airport is expected to hold 19 parking stands and can cater to the needs of 2,500,000 passengers per year. To date Hehua Airport has served over 50 destinations to mainland Chinese cities, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Xian, Shenyang, Tianjin, Nanjing and Changsha.
Airport Transportation: There is shuttle bus between Zhangjiajie Airport and the Airport Hotel (No.1 Daqiao Road) in the city center. It departs once every 20-30 minutes for the fare is about CNY 5. Bus No.4 and 5 stop at the Airport Hotel and the fare is only about CNY1. There is also Bus No.3 running to the city proper. Taxis usually charge CNY 15 for one-way service, making transportation fairly convenient.
Tips: The flight schedule frequently changes, so please check the flight information on the screen in the booking office or inquire at the booking office. Tickets can be booked at the Guanghe Airport Booking Office located on the first floor of Guanghe Shopping Center on Yingbin Road or at the Pengcheng Airport Booking Office located at No.30 Ziwu Road (Middle).
There are two railway stations in Zhangjiajie. One is small located in Cili County which is used for local traffic. The other is the main Zhangjiajie Railway Station located in Yongding District, 12 kilometers (about 7 miles) from the city center. From Zhangjiajie more than ten big and middle-sized cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha can be reached. Bus No.1, 2, 6 and 7 connect Zhangjiajie Railway Station and the city center. The fare is usually about CNY1. If traveling by train from Changsha to Zhangjiajie train number K533/K536 is recommended as it runs on a more direct route.
By Long-Distance Bus
The Zhangjiajie Long-distance Bus Station is located at the intersection of Huilong Road and Renmin Road in the city center. There are regular buses to cities such as Changde, Shanghai, Changsha, Yueyang, Wuhan, Dongguan and Zhuhai. Buses to the nearby Yangjiajie Scenic Area and surrounding counties such as Feng Huang (Phoenix) County operate every day. Take bus No. 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to the Long-distance Bus Station.
There are ten bus lines within the city in total. They service hotels, hospitals, banks, supermarkets and can be very convenient. The ticket fare is only CNY1 and buses operate at 30 minute intervals. For example, Bus No.5 goes to the Tujia Folk Customs Park where local folk culture can be experienced.
Bus No.1 services the following stops: Zhangjiajie Railway Station, Xixiping, Lantian Hotel, Miaoyuan Hotel, Bank of China Dongmenqiao Branch, Hualian Supermarket, Long-distance Bus Station
Bus No.2 services the following stops: Zhangjiajie Railway Station, Lantian Grand Hotel, Miaoyuan Hotel, Bank of China Dongmenqiao Branch, Hualian Supermarket, Long-distance Bus Station, Department Store, Peple's Hospital, Bei Dou Xing Hotel, Hulilai Hotel, Xinhe Hotel
Bus No.3 services the following stops: Miaoyuan Hotel, Bank of China Dongmenqiao Branch, Hualian Supermarket, Long-distance Bus Station, Department Store, Hulilai Hotel, Xinhe Hotel
Bus No.4 services the following stops: Zhangjiajie Lotus (Hehua) Airport, Wai Tai Hotel, Hulilai Hotel, Dragon International Hotel, Department Store, Long-distance Bus Station, Hualian Supermarket, Bank of China Dongmenqiao Branch
Bus No.5 services the following stops: Bank of China Dongmenqiao Branch, Hualian Supermarket, Long-distance Bus Station, Department Store, Airport Hotel (Lishui Daqiao), Nanzhuangping, TuJia Folk Customs Park
Bus No.6 services the following stops: Dongmenqiao, Wuling Shopping Mall, Department Store, People's Hospital, Wuling University
Bus No.7 services by the following stops: Zhangjiajie Railway Station, Lantian Hotel, Miaoyuan Hotel, Martyr Memorial Park, Dragon International Hotel, Department Store, People's Hospital, Hulilai Hotel, Dongyulou Hotel, Minnan International Hotel, City Square.
Traveling around the city by taxi is inexpensive because of its smaller size. The flag-fall price is only CNY3; every additional kilometer costs CNY 1.6. Taxis can be hailed anywhere. The distance from the eastern part of the city to the western costs only CNY10. It is also very convenient to take taxi anywhere in the city to the Zhangjiajie Railway Station and its Lotus Airport and costs only about CNY15.