Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area , lying to the north of Zhangjiajie City, is a charming tourist attraction. It is one of the 40 famous scenic spots in China. It is said to be 'The ampliative miniascape and the contractible fairyland' and was admitted to the 'World Heritage List' in 1992.

The Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area boasts of natural beauty where mountains, valleys, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls exist in total harmony. Over 560 attraction sights can be found here. The strangely-shaped peaks, the absurd stones, the hidden valleys, the wonderful waters and the limestone caves form the 'Five Wonders' of Wulingyuan and they are really worth seeing.

Covering an area of 690 square kilometers (266 square miles), Wulingyuan Scenic Area consists of four parts- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and the newly added Yangjiajie Scenic Area.

Wulingyuan Nature Reserve in Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Suoxi Valley

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first state-level forest park in China. Over ninety-seven percent of the park is covered with varieties of trees and other valuable plants. The park is a real treasure house. The Lobster Flower (Long Xia Flower), a sort of flower that can change color five times in a day, is unique in the park. The views in this area include the Golden Whip Stream, Huangshi Fort and Yuanjiajie. The Golden Whip Stream is a poetic stream, with crystal clear water running quietly between strangely-shaped peaks. The Huangshi Fort and Yuanjiajie are both classic spots that can not be missed in the park.
 

The Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve is the center of the scenic zone and is the largest among the four areas of the park. About 200 attraction spots can be found here. The name of Suoxi Valley is transliterated from the language of the Tu Minority Group, and it means 'a mountainous village with dense fog'. This area includes the Ten-mile Gallery (Gan Xi Gou), where vivid pictures formed by its peaks are rather impressive. The West Sea, also called the sea of stone forests, is amazing. Bao Feng Lake is also an excellent place to visit to gain an understanding of the local customs of West Hunan Province.

Tianzi Mountain
Tianzi Mountain
Yangjiajie
Yangjiajie

The Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is rich in strange peaks and rocks, and in constant clouds and fog. The reserve lies at a high elevation which makes sightseeing physically challenging. The Yellow Dragon Spring, Teaboard Tower and Lao Wu Chang are areas which have been developed for visitors. This reserve is renowned for four marvelous spectacles-the cloud and mist, the night with shining moon, the winter snow and the morning and evening rosy clouds.

It wasn't until the 1990s that the Yangjiajie Scenic Area was preserved. Legends had it that in order to suppress rebellion, the famous Yang Family (a family quite loyal to the court and contributed to the fighting against Qi Dan in the Song Dynasty) camped and settled here later because of the continuous war. And as a result, Yangjiajie emerged. So far, the pedigree of the Yang Family is still well kept in this area which also contains the Tian Bo Mansion, Liu Lang Bay and Qi Lang Bay.

Together with the natural scenery of the four sections of the park, the life and customs of several Chinese minority groups (Tu, Miao, Bai) are also of interest. Their houses, farms and their singing and dancing undoubtedly add an element of happiness and beauty to Wulingyuan.
 

How to get to Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station (near Zhangjiajie Railway Station) has regular tourist buses to Wulingyuan every a few minutes and the bus journey takes about 40 minutes. Bus fare is around CNY 12.
 
Entrance Fee March to November: CNY 225 for adults and CNY 160 for children between 1.3 - 1.5 meters (4.3 - 4.9 feet)
December to February: CNY 115 for adults and CNY 85 for children between 1.3 - 1.5 meters
Free entry for children below 1.3 meters but they need to pay CNY 65 for the battery car.

1. With the validity of three consecutive days from March to November and four consecutive days from December to next February, the admission fee includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Yangjiajie Scenic Area and the battery car.
2. Tourists can pay CNY 3 to buy the insurance.
 

Fees for elevator, cable car and tourist train

Items Fees
Bailong Sightseeing Elevator (Single Trip) CNY 72; CNY 43 for children between 1.3 - 1.5m.
Yellow Stone Stronghold Cable Car Single Trip: CNY 65; CNY 40  for children between 1.3 - 1.5m.
Round Trip: CNY 118; CNY 70 for children between 1.3 - 1.5m.
Tianzi Mountain Cable Car (Single Trip) CNY 72; CNY 43 for children between 1.3 - 1.5m.
Yangjiajie Cable Car (Single Trip) CNY 76; CNY 46 for children between 1.3 - 1.5m.
Ten-mile Gallery Tourist Train (Single Trip) CNY 38; CNY 24 for children between 1.2 (3.9 ft) and 1.5m.

 Nearby Attraction:  Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
 
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- Last modified on Aug. 21, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Asked by Raida Saad from ISRAEL | Aug. 13, 2018 09:36Reply
Can I have discount if i'm 61 years old when touring around Wulingyuan?
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Answered by Cindy from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 13, 2018 21:04
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According to the rules, the elders over 60 can share a discount but I’m not sure if foreigners can enjoy this discount.
Answered by Terrance from USA | Aug. 19, 2018 09:26
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yup, the discount also applies to foreigners over 60, but you'll need to present them the passport when buying the ticket.
Answered by Raida Saad from ISRAEL | Aug. 21, 2018 00:42
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Oh ..wonderful
but are you sure ?
and do you know if it's 10-20% or ???
Thank you very much
Answered by Helen from SINGAPORE | Aug. 21, 2018 18:21
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As I know, it charges CNY 168 for the elder between 60 and 70 years old.
Asked by Nada from MOROCCO | Jul. 09, 2018 07:56Reply
Is there any luggage storage facility at the entrance of the Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan park ?
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Answered by Nina from LIECHTENSTEIN | Jul. 09, 2018 19:16
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Yes, there is. You can find it at the Service Center near the entrance.
Asked by Riley Shulman from UNITED STATES | May. 07, 2018 10:48Reply
Whats is the best way to buy tickets of Wulingyuan?
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Answered by Tina from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 07, 2018 22:31
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You can book the tickets on the official website in advance. However, the website is only in Chinese, so maybe you need a Chinese friend to help you. Or you can just buy them in the scenic spot, which is also very convenient.
Answered by pau from SPAIN | Jun. 19, 2018 22:28
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Maybe it's too late, but the best option is always to contact your hostel and make them do the reservations for you. I've tried at the website, but just a few days were available
Asked by Amik from NEPAL | May. 03, 2018 18:20Reply
I was wondering does the ticket bought for wulingyuan scenic spot
include entrance fare for tianshan mountain too (gateway to heaven mountain)? And also how can I reach to tianshan mountain if I stay near wulingyuan district?
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Answered by Kevin from USA | May. 03, 2018 21:07
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No, it doesn't include.You have to buy another ticket for Tianmen Mountain. You can take the bus at the bus station of the district and get off at the Zhangjiajie bus stop. Also, you can reach there by taxi.
Answered by Meghan from USA | Aug. 19, 2018 09:23
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No, the Tianmen mountain is in another district which is 1 and a half hour away by bus, so it's a tourist attraction of it's own. taking a taxi to get there can cost a lot so it's better just go by bus(20 yuan), go to the wulingyuan bus station and tell the staff you need to go the Tianmen mountain and I'm sure they will tell you which bus to get on.
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