Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
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.Climate
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.
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.
Main Attraction Spots
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.
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.
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.
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 Skywalk, spanning between two cliffs in the National Forest Parks, will be put into test run since August 20, 2016. It hangs over a drop of nearly 980 ft (299 m) and stretches a length of 470 yd (430 m), considered as the world’s highest and longest sky bridge now. During the commissioning period, visitors need to book an appointment for the skywalk one day in advance. The fee for experiencing the skywalk is CNY 138. And visitors need to pay CNY 118 as the entrance fee for the Grand Canyon.
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.
|Tianmen (Heavenly Door) Mountain Scenic Area: |
March 1 to November 30: CNY258 for adults;
December 1 to the end of February: CNY225 for adults;
Special Fare: CNY 155 for children between 4.3 and 4.9 feet (1.3 - 1.5 meters)
Tianmen Fox Fairy Show: CNY 238 for adults and children above 4.3 feet (1.3 meters)
Free entry for children below 4.3 feet (1.3 meters)
* The admission fee includes all the attraction spots, round-trip cable car and the shuttle bus (unavailable from Dec. 1 to the end of Feb.).
|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