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4 Days Changsha - Zhangjiajie - Fenghuang
Zhangjiajie city is about 400km from Changsha. Take the Changsha/ Zhangjiajie bus at Changsha Western Bus Terminal (take the No. 312 bus at Changsha Railway station to get to Changsha Western Bus Terminal) The bus is available every hour and the fare is about 100RMB per person. The bus ride takes four hours. Upon arrival, take a bus to get to Zhangjiajie scenic area (admission fee: 248RMB) which is listed under UNESCO as the World's Heritage at Zhangjiajie bus station. Stay at a hotel near the scenic area and relax for the rest of the day.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan
On the second day, hike to Zhangjiajie Forest Reserve, Natural Reserves of Suoxiyu Gully, Golden Whip Stream, Natural Gallery of Ten Miles and Huangshi Village.  
Continue to visit Tianzi Mountain and Yellow Dragon Cave (fee: 65RMB) on the third day. Take a boat cruise on Baofeng Lake (cruise fee: 62RMB). You need not pay the admission fee of 248RMB a second time for today's visit since the tickets are valid for two days.
On the fourth day, take a bus at Zhangjiajie Bus Terminal to get to Fenghuan (bus fee: 42RMB). The two places are 208km away from each other - a four-hour bus ride. There are only two direct buses between these two places. One departs at 8:30 in the morning and the other at 14:30. If you miss both of the buses, there is still an alternative. You can take a bus at Zhangjiajie Bus Terminal to Jishou at first. Then take a minibus to Fenghuang. Wander in the ancient town to experience its antique beauty.
4 Days Changsha - Wugong Mountain - Zhuzhou
Take a soft seat train from Changsha to Pingxiang. The train tickets can be purchased at Changsha Railway Station. It takes less than 2 hours to get there; train fare is about 35RMB. We suggest you take the D106/D107 train which departs at 14:28 and arrives in Pingxiang at 15:35 though they are a little expensive (fare: 50RMB for the first class compartment and 40RMB for the second class compartment). They are fast and clean and have better service facilities. After getting off at Pingxiang Railway Station, take the No. 1 bus to Pingxiang Southern Bus Terminal. Then take a bus to Mt. Wugong. It takes about 2 hours to get to Mt. Wugong (admission fee: 40RMB) from Pingxiang Southern Bus Terminal; the bus fare is 12RMB. Arrive at Bell and Drum tower located at the foot of the mountain which is also the mountain gate. Hike about 20 minutes to Jinxin Bridge. Stay overnight in the camp beside the bridge.
On the second day, continue climbing up the mountain. After resting in a meadow, climb to the Golden Top. Enjoy the Cloud Sea and the sunset on the top. Stay overnight in the camp 
Get up early to watch the sunrise on the third day. Afterwards, descending the mountain hike northward along the meadow for 2 hours to Baiyun Hostel. Have a break there and then take another two-hour hike along the Tianti to visit Jinhusajiu Waterfall and Qinglv Waterfall. Enjoy your lunch with a local family at the foot of the mountain. Take a bus to Pingxiang. Stay overnight at a local hotel in Pingxiang and take a soft seat train to Zhuzhou the next day. Zhuzhou is a city with convenient railway traffic. You can get to the other places that you want to visit by train.
1 Day Changsha - Yueyang
Take a bus at Changsha Eastern Bus Terminal (Address: 35 Bayi Road, Changsha; the No. 103, No. 110, No. 114 and No. 126 buses can reach there) to get to Yueyang. It takes about 2 hours to get to Yueyang and the bus fare is 55RMB for limousine buses. The buses are available every half an hour from 7:00 to 18:00. 

Upon arrival, head for Dongting Lake and the Yueyang Tower located by the east side of Dongting Lake. Take the No. 2 or No. 9 buses at the railway station. It takes about 10 minutes. The Yueyang Tower (admission fee: 46) is a very good place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Dongting Lake. You can take a boat cruise on Dongting Lake and sight-see in Junshan Mountain. Return by bus and stay overnight at Home Inn Yueyang located at the railway station. 
4 Days Changsha - Mt. Hengshan - Hengyang
We will spend the first day visiting Hunan Provincial Museum, Mt. Yuelu, Aiwan Pavilion and Yuelu Academy in Changsha. In the morning, Take the No. 303, No. 113 or No. 146 bus to get to Hunan Provincial Museum (admission fee: 50RMB) in the morning. You can see the Han mausoleum unearthed from Mawangdui there. Take the Lishan special line at Changsha railway station in the afternoon. It will stop at the foot of Mt. Yuelu. The admission fee for Mt. Yuelu is 15RMB. If you want to visit the Yunlu Palace, Lushan Temple and the Birds park on it, the extra charges are 5RMB, 5RMB and 20RMB separately. Then walk to Aiwan Pavilion (admission fee: 12RMB). After that, continue to walk to Yuelu Academy (admission fee: 30RMB). These three places are quite near each other.
Mt. Hengshan, Hunan
On the second day head for Nanyue Hengshan (admission fee: 80RMB, Insurance fee: 1RMB) 150km from Changsha. Take the Changsha/ Hengshan bus at Changsha Sothern Bus Terminal (Add: 811 First Zhongyi Road, Changsha). Three buses depart at 12:00, 13:30 and 16:20 between these two cities every day. It takes about 2 hours to get there and the bus fare is 38RMB. Upon arrival, visit the Half-way Pavilion and then hike to Nantian Gate. Stay overnight at the hotel on the mountain.  
On the third day, hike to visit Zhurong Peak. Afterwards, begin to descend the mountain from Nantian Gate. En route, visit Cangjing Pavilion and other scenic spots. Hike to Nanyue Torii. After arriving at the foot of the mountain, continue your hike to visit the Water Shade Cave. Stay overnight at a local hotel in Nanyue Town located at the foot of Mt. Hengshan.  
You can take a bus to Hengyang city on the fourth day. It takes about 1 hour and the distance is about 45km. The fare is about 10RMB.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Luise from GERMANY | Sep. 17, 2017 03:53Reply
Camp on Golden Top Mt. Wugong
Hey :) How does it work to camp at the Golden Top of Mt Wugong? Is there a hotel/cabin/room or do you need your own tent? Thanks for helping! Your website is incredibly helpful.

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Answered by Daniel | Sep. 18, 2017 03:39

You can take your own tent, but there are also tents available for rent on the Golden Top of the mountain. The rent is about CNY100. Travelers normally camp outdoors, however, if the weather is bad, you can camp indoor by paying a small amount of fee (around CNY5-10) to the hostel owner.
Asked by Rhonda from USA | Feb. 16, 2017 23:05Reply
Is it possible to see both the national forest in Jiuzhaigou and Zhangjiajie in a 10 day span?
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Answered by David | Feb. 17, 2017 01:23

Zhangjiajie is located in Hunan Province and Jiuzhaigou is in the Sichuan Province. It is possible to cover these two places in 10 days. It normally needs two days to visit the Huanglong & Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and three days for the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. After touring Zhangjiajie, you can take flight to Chengdu and then go to Jiuzhaigou by flight or bus.
Answered by Rhonda from USA | Feb. 17, 2017 01:39

Thank you David. We want to do more outdoors than in the cities. Any suggestions are very welcome!
Answered by David | Feb. 17, 2017 03:00

Besides the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the other popular attractions are Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon where you can experience the world's longest glass bridge (near Wulingyuan) and Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie city area. As for Sichuan Province, I would recommend the Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain to you other than Jiuzhaigou. They are all most visited tourist places. You may choose one according to your own interests and schedule.
Asked by ROI_1 | Jun. 26, 2016 05:30Reply
transportation from tianmen mountain to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Hi again, i'm a trip to zhangjiajie by The following steps :
1.first day: arrival to zhangjiajie by bus from changsha and staying at an hotel/hostel that close to tianmen mountain
2.second day: get up early and travel tianmen mountain. after i will finish to travel there, i would like to transport to a hotel/hostel inside Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
3.third day: travel Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
4.fourth day: travel Zhangjiajie National Forest Park till the evening(about 7pm) and after that, transport to Zhangjiajie's airport
my queshtions are:
how to transport from tianmen mountain to a hotel/hostel inside Zhangjiajie National Forest Park after i will finish my trip at tianmen mountain(about afternoon i guess)?
how to transport from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to Zhangjiajie's airport at about 7pm?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carol | Jun. 26, 2016 22:10

hi, you can take taxi to the Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station after you get down the Tianmen Mountain. Take the regular bus to the Zhangjiajie national forest park. After visiting there, you get back to the Central Bus station, where the city bus No. 4 can take you to the airport. Or you can take a taxi to the airport directly at a cost about CNY100.
Asked by Martin from DENMARK | May. 15, 2016 09:10Reply
How to get to Yuanjiajie Zhongtian International Youth Hostel in Zhangjiajie National Park?
We will be visiting the National Park in May 2016, and we have already booked our hostel for two nights at Yuanjiajie Zhongtian International Youth Hostel, which is located inside the park.

I have later read a few reviews saying, that it is both hard to find and hard to get to. So can you tell me what the easiest way is without having to spend a lot of money on cable cars every time you go to or leave the hostel? Are there any buses from the park's south entrance that goes near the hostel? And do you know if we can have our bagage transferred to the hostel (for a fee) somehow, so we won't have to climb the mountain with it?
Thank you!
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Answered by Brenda | May. 18, 2016 20:14

hi, I searched online and found there are only two ways up to this hostel. One is hiking up and the other is taking the Bailong Sightseeing Elevator. You can visit almost all attractions in Yuanjiajie along the way hiking up to the hostel, so I think one night is enough there. As for the luggage, you can check your luggage in the bus station. Surely you have to pay.
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