Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

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.

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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.

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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.

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Questions & Answers on Zhangjiajie Travel
Asked by Angel from SPAIN | Jul. 31, 2019 04:09Reply
Hi! How can i get to Zhangjiajie (or Fenghuang) from Chongqing?
We would like to spend 5-6 days in those 2 places and then continue down to Guilin.
What do u suggest to see and do, and what order should we follow in our trip?
How could we get to Guilin after?
Many thanks
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Answered by Keys from USA | Aug. 04, 2019 23:39

You can fly to Zhangjiajie or take bus from Coach Station at 11:30. You can go to Wulingyuan Scenic Area, National Forest Park, etc. You should fly to Guilin after.
Answered by Jürgen from GERMANY | Aug. 06, 2019 22:09

I suggest to take a bus to Guilin, flights are expensive and difficult to get. I am not sure if there are direct flights to Guilin. Visit Fenghuang City on the way (approx. 3.5 hours from Zhangjiajie by bus, it is a beautiful old town. There are direct busses from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and also from Fenghuang to Guilin
Asked by Nour from EGYPT | Jul. 07, 2019 04:21Reply
We will be staying in zhangjiajie for 3 days
We want to visit the glass bridge and national park, what else is there to visit and how should we divide our days plz?
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!
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Answered by Sally from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 08, 2019 02:58

Day 1: Natural Park: Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream, Ten-Mile Gallery

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.
Asked by ASTRID FELICIA PRASANTO from INDONESIA | May. 30, 2019 17:44Reply
I hear we have to buy entrance ticket online, for Zhangjiajie national park
glass bridge and canyon, and tianmenshan and fairy show. How could i book the ticket? And how's the price?
Is it doable if i want to go glass bridge and national park in one day?
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Answered by Adam from USA | May. 30, 2019 19:17

1. Yes, you can go to the entrance of scenic areas earlier to buy tickets or book tickets on the official website in advance.

2. National Park CNY225, Tianmenshan CNY258, Canyon CNY118, Glass Bridge CNY138.

3. Time is too tight to visit both two attractions in one day.
Answered by Astrid from INDO | May. 31, 2019 16:27

What's their official website? Thanks a lot
Answered by Adam from USA | Jun. 02, 2019 18:48

It is not allowed to post website address here but you can search for the key words: hnzjj by Google.
Asked by Mohamed from EGYPT | Mar. 21, 2019 12:08Reply
from guangzhou to zhangjiajie

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 ?

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Answered by Alice from CANADA | Mar. 21, 2019 20:31

Hi, there is no bus available. The best way is to take a train or plane. You can also book the tickets in the nearest railway station but booking online is definitely more convenient. You can contact the TravelChinaGuide to book tickets in advance :bookingtravelchinaguide.com
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

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

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

Well, I think you are suggested to buy a soft sleeper seat because of the long time travel.
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