Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, set up in 1982, is the first authorized national forest park in China. The area covers 480 thousand square meters (185 square miles). This park, together with Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and Yangjiajie Scenic Area make up the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, also known as Zhangjiajie Scenic Spot. It is located 32 kilometers (19 miles) from urban Zhangjiajie.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park has been described differently, such as, majestic, eccentric, tranquil, delicate and wild. The park features grotesque peaks, lucid brooks, abundant fauna and floras and hospitable climate. There are six main attraction spots and over 90 smaller ones in the park to date.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park



It belongs to the sub-tropical climate of Central Asia. Splendid mountains and luxuriant trees help form a favorable climate: warm in winter and cool in summer. The average temperature is 13C (55F), the highest 17C (62F ) while the lowest is 10C (50F) on average in winter. The charm of the park varies with the alternation of seasons; therefore, it attracts visitors all year round. Besides its pleasant climate, the environment and air quality also provide visitors a chance to breathe healthy air which is believed to be rich in negative oxygen. It is also believed that hypertension patient may have their blood pressure lowered if they stay in the park for a period of time. This is due to the fact that dust particles in the park are 88% lower and the air 10% mistier than outside.



About 98% of the area is covered with vegetation. There are 720 species of the 102 families, including all the five most important floras, namely, the rose family, pulse family, grass family, composite family and orchid family. Some of these trees are rare and regarded as national treasure. For example, the Dove tree, known as living fossil, can be traced back as early as the Fourth Ice Age. The great variety of plants in the park takes up 82% of all the flora families in Hunan Province.

Monkeys, Zhangjiajie  


Zhangjiajie National Forest Park also boasts a variety of animals. Exuberant forests offer them ideal habitats to live in and procreate their own species. There are more than 149 kinds of chordate animals inhabitants in this park. Among them, 28 kinds are under national protection, amongst which, are the Golden Pheasant, Rhesus Monkey, Giant Salamander and Musk Deer. Visitors will be able to hear birds singing and see monkeys playing in the tree.


What to See in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The park is endowed with many attraction spots, such as the Yellow Stone Stronghold (Huangshizhai), Yaozizhai, Yuanjiajie and the Golden Whip Stream.


Yellow Stone Stronghold (Huangshizhai)

Yellow Stone Stronghold (Huangshizhai), Yaozizhai is located west of the park. It is named after a story whereby Huang Shi saved Zhang Liang from misfortune when the latter isolated himself from society in this forest.

Golden Whip Stream
Golden Whip Stream

Occupying an area of 41 acres and 1,200 meters (0.8 miles) above sea level, this stronghold is the largest observing spot of the forest park. One cannot claim to have visited Zhangjiajie without visiting Yellow Stone Stronghold. The main attraction spots include Tranquil Trail in Fir Woods, Imperial Edict and the Precious Box, Needle Peak, the Southern Gate to Heaven, Five-Finger Peak and so on.


Golden Whip Stream

Sceneries along the Golden Whip Stream are most enchanting in the park. Named after the Golden Whip Rock that it flows by, this stream, 5.7 kilometers long (3.5 miles), joins the Lute stream in the west and Suoxi Stream in the east. A 300-meter (984 feet) walk from the gate of the park will lead you to the entrance of the Golden Whip Stream. Flanked by ridges and peaks, the crystal clear water makes it possible to observe every action of the fish in the water. Wild flowers are in abundance here.

On the way, girls from Tujia will present visitors traditional folk songs when requested. The main attraction spots here include: the Welcoming Guests Rock, Golden Whip Rock, Reunion Rock and the Purple Grass Pond.



The northern part of the park is the essential tourist route. Yuanjiajie is a natural platform that faces giant rocks rising from deep valleys and surrounded by higher mountains. Unique in their shapes and covered with pine trees, these rocks resemble a vivid Chinese painting.

Yuanjiajie Scenic Area

Main attraction spots include: Back Garden, breath taking Mihun Stage, the First Bridge under the Sun and Avatar Hallelujah Mountain (previously called Southern Sky Column). The director and production designers of Avatar were inspired by the photos of Southern Sky Column and then designed Na’vi people’s home Hallelujah Mountain in the film. In January of 2010, the Southern Sky Column was renamed to its current name.

 Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon: It is located to the east of the forest park, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. There is an exciting Glass Bridge in it, considered as the world’s highest and longest glass bridge now. You can have the entire Grand Canyon in sight standing on it.


How to Get There:

Regular tourist buses depart every a few minutes from Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to the national forest park. The bus fare is around CNY 12. Tourists can find the bus station easily because it is located very close to the railway station.

Admission Fees: March 1 to November 30: CNY 245 for adults and CNY 160 between 4.3 and 4.9 feet (1.3 - 1.5 meters)
December 1 to end of next February: CNY 136 for adults and CNY 85 for children between 4.3 and 4.9 feet (1.3 - 1.5 meters)
Annual Ticket: CNY298
Free entry for children below 4.3 feet (1.3 meters).

1. The ticket is valid for four days. It includes Yellow Stone Stronghold, Golden Whip Stream and Yaozi Village in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Yangjiajie, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Ten-mile Gallery in Suoxi Valley and battery car.
2. Tourists can spend CNY 3 buying the insurance.
Ticket prices for other attractions:
King Dragon Cave: CNY 70
Baofeng Lake: CNY 96
Yellow Dragon Cave: CNY 100
West Hunan Folk Custom Performance: CNY 228
Fees for elevator, cable car and tourist train: Bailong Sightseeing Elevator Yellow Stone Village Cable Car Tianzi Mountain Cable Car Yangjiajie Cable Car Ten-mile Gallery Tourist Train
March 1 to November 30 CNY 72 for a single trip;
CNY 144 for a round trip
CNY 65 for a single trip CNY 67 for a single trip;
CNY 134 for a round trip
CNY 76 for a single trip;
CNY 152 for a round trip
CNY 38 for a single trip;
CNY 52 for a round-trip
December 1 to the end of next February CNY 118 for a round trip CNY 46 for a single trip;
CNY 92 for a round trip
CNY 24 for a single trip;
CNY 30 for a round trip

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