Zhangjiajie Travel Guide
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Zhangjiajie 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.
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.
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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.
What do u suggest to see and do, and what order should we follow in our trip?
How could we get to Guilin after?
Also, is it fine to just get tickets when we arrive at the park or do we have to prebook online (is it possible to arrive and not find tickets?)
And, how to get to Beijing by train afterwards?
Thank you for your help!
Day2: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with the Glass Bridge, Boat ride on the Baofeng Lake
Day3: Tian Men Mountain
Generally speaking, you can get tickets when you get there but it is better to book the tickets of the Glass Bridge in advance.
You can take bus from Wulingyuan Bus Station back to Zhangjiajie and then walk east 600m to the railway station. However, there is no bullet train available to Beijing and the normal speed ones will take more than 20 hours.
Is it doable if i want to go glass bridge and national park in one day?
2. National Park CNY225, Tianmenshan CNY258, Canyon CNY118, Glass Bridge CNY138.
3. Time is too tight to visit both two attractions in one day.
im planning to visit there and around , but all trains almost booked online ,
is there any other way to book or near big cities then take bus
any suggestions ?
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!