Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

Zhangjiajie Facts

Zhangjiajie MapZhangjiajie City is located on the northwestern border of Hunan Province. Covering an area of 9,516 square kilometers (about 3,674 square miles), there are four areas under its governance: Yongding District and Wuling District, Cili County and Sangzhi County. The city enjoys subtropical moist mountain climate, thus for visitors it is an ideal place to spend one's holiday.
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The city features a variety of different terrains including: mountainous regions, upland areas, plains, and Karst rock areas. Among these, the mountains cover 76 percent of the total area. The world-famous natural heritage site 'Wulingyuan Scenic Area' is located on the base of these great mountains. Areas worth visiting include Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (known as China's first national forest park), Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, and Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. The scenic area hosts many natural features including: mountains, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls and perhaps there are more than three thousand rock ridges and eight hundred ghylls. They enjoy the reputation of 'Original Picture on Mountain and River of China'. This wonderland is covered with dense forests and is considered Mother Nature's Oxygen Bar.

One of the most interesting things to do here is the experience of drifting on the Maoyan River. The Maoyan River is the upper reach of the Li River in Yongding District. The length for drifting is 25 kilometers (about 16 miles) and the zigzags in the river offer an exhilarating ride. There are four wonders on the Maoyan River: Bangtou Spring, Jianxie (intermittent) Spring, Yan (salt) Spring and Pen Wu (spout mist) Cave. These scenic spots cover the river with a mysterious color. The most renowned scenic spot is the Shui Dongzi (water hollow) Waterfall. On the bank opposite the waterfall there are several huge rocks which provide a perfect natural observation platform. This is an ideal place for visitors to take photos.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
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Transportation here is very convenient. Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport has flights to destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Nanjing, Nanning and Yinchuan, as well as Taipei and Busan.  Train routes extend to Guangzhou, Beijing, Zhanjiang, Changsha and Wuxi. The highways extend in all directions, and it is worthwhile to mention that a superhighway connects Changsha and the city. New roads connect the city center to a number of scenic areas, making travel by car very convenient.

The history of Zhangjiajie can be traced back to the Neolithic Age. There are three main ethnic minority groups Tujia, Bai, Miao and other 29 minority groups living harmoniously with the Han Nationality. Many different folk cultures converge here and the visitor can experience the various folk-customs, clothing, decorations, dance and music. In 2006, Folk Songs of Sangzhi County, Hands-waving Dance of Tujia Ethnic Group, Maogusi Dance, and The Crafts of Tujia Brocade were all listed in the Protection Catalog of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage. The people here are all very hospitable and visitors immediately feel at home. And local snacks may become travelers' favorite.

Alley, Phoenix Town
Phoenix Ancient Town
Tuojiang River near Phoenix Town
Tuojiang River
Stall selling handicrafts
Stall selling handicrafts
- Last modified on Mar. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Zhangjiajie Travel
Asked by Sophia from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 09, 2019 16:57Reply
Hi, is there a direct bus or train that I can make a return journey from Guangzhou to Wulingyuan?
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Answered by Alaina from CAMEROON | Mar. 14, 2019 00:55
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You are suggested to take a direct train from Guangzhou Railway Station to Zhangjiajie Railway Station. The duration is around 15 hours. The ticket fare of soft sleeper is CNY508.5, hard sleeper is CNY340.5 and hard seat is CNY172.5. After arriving, take a coach to Wulingyuan.
Answered by Sophia from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 15, 2019 16:28
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Hi Alaina

Many thanks for your advice and help - it is much appreciated. Do you know if it is worth spending the extra money on a soft sleeper ... I'm nearly 6 feet tall!

Thanks, Sophia
Answered by Alaina | Mar. 17, 2019 23:54
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Well, I think you are suggested to buy a soft sleeper seat because of the long time travel.
Asked by miguelm from PORTUGAL | Mar. 07, 2019 15:22Reply
Is there a bus from Fenghuang to Wulingyuan and if so how long does it take?
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Answered by Lily from UK | Mar. 07, 2019 19:01
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Yes, there are some buses departing at 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 17:00 from Fenghuang and it takes around 3 hours for a single trip.
Asked by Sethu from INDIA | Feb. 21, 2019 00:38Reply
Hi iam sethu from urumqi. can u suggest which train i Should take for zhangjiajie?
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Answered by Amari from CANADA | Feb. 21, 2019 22:32
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There is no direct train between these two places. Thus for your convenience, you can take a plane to Chongqing first. Then transfer to a flight to ZJJ Lotus Airport.
Asked by Gamue from CHINA 🇨🇳 | Feb. 06, 2019 10:15Reply
I want to Visit Zhangjiajie and would like some insights.
Hello I’m Xuzhou and would like to Visit Zhangjiajie national park and glass bridge. How do I go about it? Which train and what town can I stay in that’s close to the park.
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Answered by Natalie from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 11, 2019 22:32
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Gamue, it is advised to take a train from Xuzhou to Changsha Railway Station, and then take the train to Zhangjiajie Railway Station. After arriving, take the direct shuttle bus to the scenic area. You can find a hotel nearby the railway station.
Asked by Lily from INDONESIA | Feb. 06, 2019 00:13Reply
Zhangjiajie to Chengdu
I hv planning to going chengdu. Did any train from zhangjiajie to chengdu ?

Thanks,
Lily
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Answered by Nolan from UAE | Feb. 11, 2019 22:21
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Well, there is no direct train between ZJJ and Chengdu. Thus you are advised to take a train to Changsha first. Then transfer to the train to the destination.
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