Yuanjiajie, located in the north of Zhangjiejie National Forest Park, is a mountain platform with an area of about 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) and an average altitude of 1,074 meters (1,174 yards). It has the prototype of the Hallelujah Mountain in the film Avatar and there are many peaks and valleys. So far, there are some Tujia people living in the Yuanjiajie, from whom one can experience the Tujia customs.
Yuanjiajie Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie Yuanjiajie

Recommended Attractions in Yuanjiajie

The First Bridge under the Sun

The First Bridge under the Sun, also known as Rocky Natural Bridge, is the iconic attraction of Yuanjiajie. The bridge is about 2 meters (2.2 yards) wide and 5 meters (5.5 yards) thick. It spans 25 meters (27 yards) between two mountains and has a vertical height of 400 meters (440 yards). It is a rocky natural bridge with the largest vertical height found in the world so far. However, visitors are not allowed to step onto it for safety’s sake and can only appreciate it at a distance.

Back Garden

It is known as the “Natural Bonsai”. The stone peaks in Back Garden are in various poses with a stream flowing around; the ancient trees in the mountains are towering. The whole landscape is very beautiful, just like the back garden of the ancient Chinese imperial palace.

Enchanting Stage

Enchanting Stage, also known as Mihun Stage, is the best viewing stage in Yuanjiajie. When standing there, one can see that there are hundreds of peaks standing around and the scenery is extremely wonderful and spectacular. It is said that visitors can be enchanted by the beauty of the scenery, so this stage was named “Enchanting Stage”.

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, also known as Southern Sky Column, is the prototype of the Hallelujah Mountain in the famous American epic science fiction film “Avatar”. The mountain with peculiar shape has a vertical height of about 150 meters (165 yards) and has lush vegetation on the top.
Bailong Elevator in Yuanjiajie
Bailong Elevator in Yuanjiajie

Yuanjia Village

It is the only well-preserved Tujia village of the 18 villages in the Zhangjiajie. One can experience the folk customs of the Tujia people and know about their living habits and culture. 

 Kind Reminders:
1. There are many cliffs and mountain roads in Yuanjiajie, so please pay attention to safety when playing. 
2. There are monkeys in some areas of Yuanjiajie. Please do not provoke them to avoid being attacked. 
3. There is Bailong Elevator taking visitors to top of Yuanjiajie directly, taking 1m58s. If hiking on foot, it takes 2-3 hours.

How to Get to Yuanjiajie

First, one needs to get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Both Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station (beside Zhangjiajie Railway Station) and High Speed Rail Station (beside Zhangjiajie West Railway Station) operate buses to Wulingyuan with frequent departures and a duration of 40-60 minutes. The bus fare for reference is CNY 13.

The entrance ticket of Yuanjiajie is included in the ticket package for Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and no separate ticket for Yuanjiajie is sold. If you expect to explore Yuanjiajie first or take it as your main attraction to explore, you can choose the package tickets for entering from the east, west or north gate (the gates are noted while you are booking) as the three gates are close to it.

Admission Fee & Opening Hours

Admission Fee  For adults CNY 165 from Mar. - Nov.   
CNY 84 from Dec. - Feb.
For children between 14-18 years old and the old aged 60-65 CNY 84 from Mar. - Nov.
CNY 42 from Dec. - Feb.
For children under 14 and the seniors over 65 Free
Battery Tourist Car CNY 60 for adults
CNY 30 for minors over 1.2m (3.9 feet) and under 18 and seniors over 60
Free for children under 1.2m
Bailong Sightseeing Elevator For adults CNY 65
For children over 1.2m (3.9 feet) and aged under 18, and the elderly aged over 60 CNY 33 
for children below 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) Free
Opening Hours Yuanjiajie 07:00 - 17:30
Bailong Sightseeing Elevator 07:30 - 19:00 from Mar. to Nov.
08:30 - 17:45 from Dec. to Feb.
1. The admission fee includes visit to Yangjiajie Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature ReserveTianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Yuanjiajie and Yellow Stone Village.
2. The ticket has 4-day validity.
3. For the admission fee, tourists may pay an extra CNY 3 for the insurance.
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Questions & Answers on Yuanjiajie
Asked by Andy from SINGAPORE | Jan. 12, 2020 07:00Reply
How long is the walk from the entrance of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to Bailong elevator?
I plan to go by route 2 to Yuanjiajie (shown below).
How long is the walk from the entrance of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to Bailong elevator?
Is it possible to take a bus directly to an area nearer to Bailong elevator instead? How do I check the bus routes?

Route 2: The entrance - Golden Whip Stream - Water Winding Four Gates - Bailong Elevator – Sightseeing Bus to Yuanjiajie
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona from USA | Jan. 13, 2020 18:09

As I know, you can take direct bus from Wulingyuan Gate.
Asked by Yuro from CANADA | Nov. 03, 2019 19:25Reply
Where can I buy tickets to see the Avatar Mountain and the Bailong Elevator beforehand?
Thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Oliver from GERMANY | Nov. 05, 2019 22:53

You can book the tickets on the official website of the scenic area. It has English version. Hope helpful!
Answered by Yuro from CANADA | Nov. 06, 2019 07:04

Oh great! Do you know the link ?I can’t find it on google anywhere thanks!
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Nov. 06, 2019 18:06

You can search zjjpark.com. Because the link is not allowed to put here.
Asked by Cal from USA | Apr. 26, 2019 15:57Reply
How can I book a hotel or hostel that is inside the Yuanjiajie park?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 27, 2019 23:28

There are no hotels in Yuanjiajie and you can choose to stay in Wulingyuan.
Asked by stacey from USA | Nov. 20, 2018 04:22Reply
how long is the hike to see the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain?
From Tianzi, I plan to take the free shuttle bus to go to yuanjiajie to see the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. From the bus stop, how long is the hike to get to Avatar Hallelujah Mountain?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dana from JAPAN | Nov. 22, 2018 01:50

As I know, it may take you about 3-4 hours.
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