Essence of Zhangjiajie Tour

The Natural Great Wall © Andy Beales
HUN-3: 4-Day Zhangjiajie National Park and Tianmen Mountain Tour
From: $471
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See the most beautiful attractions of Zhangjiajie, featuring pristine natural scenery of grotesque peaks, clear water, and dense forests. Grasp the chance to visit the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge—the Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. We will help you make the best use of your time and energy to see the essence of this World Heritage Site, and see in person why it inspired Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountain.

Highlights

  • Peculiar sandstone peaks — the closest thing on earth to the Hallelujah Mountains
  • Newly discovered Yangjiajie Scenic Area with a mountain fort
  • The world's longest cable car to Tianmen mountain top
  • Glass walkway suspended at 1,430 meters high
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride at crystal-clear Baofeng Lake
  • Visit the world-record-holding Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge (when it’s open)!

What's Included

  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotels
  • Private tour guide and driver service throughout the tour
  • Public shuttle buses in the national park and specified cable cars
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Deluxe Class Superior Class
2-5 Persons $689 $599
6-9 Persons $569 $479

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Zhangjiajie Arrival

Hotel: Best Western Grand Hotel Zhangjiajie (superior class 4*) / Sunshine Hotel & Resort Zhangjiajie (deluxe Class 5*)

Most flights land in Zhangjiajie in the evening. Upon arrival your local tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport with a name plate. If you arrive by train, your local tour guide will meet you with a name plate at the exit of the train station.

After meeting your tour guide, he/she will take you by private van and driver to your hotel. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day’s adventure!

Good to Know

To avoid waiting in long queues, our tour guide will suggest the best time to start the day, and might suggest you get up early or alter your attraction schedule. Please kindly understand and cooperate.

Zhangjiajie Arrival

Day 2 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain

Meals: breakfast, simple lunch on the mountain

Hotel: Wulingyuan Hotel (superior class 4*) / Pullman Zhangjiajie (deluxe Class 5*)

The tour starts after breakfast at your hotel. Your guide, driver and van will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Wulingyuan Scenic Area, where Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located, to visit its two most classic and popular attractions.

Take a cable car up Tianzi Mountain, and you will see large areas of grotesque peaks thrusting up below. Walking along the steps spectacular views unfold in front of you from different angles.

Lunch is very simple and Chinese-styled, arranged at a local restaurant on the mountain. There is a McDonald’s on the mountain, and if you prefer we can have lunch there, for a good rest indoors with air-conditioning.

In the afternoon, ride a public shuttle bus to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, whose mountains are said to be the inspiration for Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountain. This area is the most visited area due to its fame. It takes about 1 hour to walk the tourist trails, before you take the shuttle bus for the cable car down the mountain.

There is another option for getting down the mountain — Bailong Elevator. This glass elevator was built on the side of a cliff, and it claims to be the world’s highest of its kind. It takes only 2 minutes, but at peak times you might need to queue one or two hours to take it. If you are interested in taking the elevator, tell your guide in advance, so that he/she can arrange beforehand to avoid the long queues.

Retire to a hotel near Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, to save time on transportation and avoid morning crowds on day 3.

Good to Know

Evening free time recommendation: The Xibu Ancient Streets are a Tujia minority culture and tourist area. They contain a local snack street, a folk culture souvenir street, and a bar street. About 2 km from the hotels area of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, it is a convenient place to explore in your evening free time. Besides, street barbecues are very popular in Zhangjiajie. Try sitting down and enjoying the barbecue and local beer like a local!

To save your time and energy, we arrange the cable car (or elevator) up and down.

Yuanjiajie

Day 3 Yangjiajie Scenic Area; Back to the city to visit Baofeng Lake.

Meals: breakfast, simple lunch on the mountain

Hotel: Wulingyuan Hotel (superior class 4*) / Pullman Zhangjiajie (deluxe Class 5*)

The breakfast offered at the hotel is usually Chinese style with simple choices. Your guide can pack you some bread, instant coffee, and fruit for breakfast.

Yangjiajie Scenic Area is a relatively recently discovered area of Zhangjiajie. Like a hidden gem, its pristine beauty is a touch above other areas; and its amazing landscape, with a bit of adventure and fewer tourist crowds, will impress you as you climb the steps. The mountains, forming a natural “Great Wall”, are the most striking feature of the area. After a simple lunch on the mountain, take a cable car down and transfer to the city area.

Baofeng Lake is in a basin created by the terrain in the middle of this mountainous area. A walk of about 20 minutes is needed before you reach the lake and take a wooden boat for a 30-minute boat ride. It is a leisurely experience as you boat on the clear water, see the hills of various shapes, and enjoy entertainment by the local minority people as they sing their traditional songs.

Good to Know:

The world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, was expected to open in May 2016. According to the latest information, the open date is postponed, and the new date is to be confirmed. After it opens, we can replace the Baofeng Lake with the Glass Bridge for thrill seekers, at no extra cost!

Yangjaijie Scenery

Day 4 Tianmen Mountain; Zhangjiajie Departure
Glass Walkway © Bigstock

Meal: breakfast

Your heart will beat fast at Tianmen Mountain on the world’s longest cable car, the suspended glass walkway almost a mile (1,430 meters) above the ground, and the ‘99 Bends’ mountain road.

Tianmen Mountain is regarded as the 'soul' of Zhangjiajie, its highest mountain. The views include graceful ancient trees, karst hillocks and long roads that are carved from the sides of the cliff. The cable car takes 30 minutes from the city center to the mountain top and is the longest cable in the world.

Tianmen Cave (literally ‘Heaven’s Gate Hole’) is a 30-meter-high hole formed naturally in the mountain like a doorway, well-known for being glided through by a world-class stuntman in a wing suit. To reach the hole, you can climb for about half an hour up the ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

After the trip we will send you to the airport and wave goodbye.

Good to Know:

Tianmen Mountain is adjacent to Zhangjiajie city, so we put it in the last day of the tour, when its convenience for the airport / train station is most useful.

Tianmen Mountain

Our Staff's Feedback after Taking This Tour

I love Yangjiajie Scenic Area the most. It took us one hour climbing to get to the most spot, but it was worth it once we saw the magnificent mountain views. We waited for the sunset on the mountain top, where I took some of the best photo of my life. After 7 pm shuttle buses were not available any more, and our photographer guide was very flexible and contacted some local villagers and chartered a van for us. I got some of my best photo shots there. - China Highlights Photographer & Webmaster Mercier

Trip Notes

Booking Procedure:

Step 1:Select your travel date, number of people, and class of hotel for a quote. Submit your name, email address and phone number.
Step 2:Choose to make payment immediately via PayPal and your request will be listed as our top priority. We guarantee a 100% refund if you are not satisfied.
Step 3:Receive a reply within 24 hours. The tour will be tailor-made to meet your requirements and the booking confirmed.
Step 4: Enjoy the tour!

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Cancellation Policy:

In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to China Highlights (unless any cancellation fee is applicable) within 14 days of our receipt of your written cancellation request. Visit here for more details.

Customizing the Tour — according to your needs

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule.

You can extend it with an extra day to Fenghuang Ancient Town, where the daytime is picturesque and charming, and the night is lively; or with an extra day to the city of Changsha; or add one more day to discover more at the National Park (the entrance ticket is valid three days). If your time is limited, shortening by one day can also be arranged.

For a multi-city tour, we would recommend combining Zhangjiajie with Guilin (mountain and water scenery), Yangtze River cruise (relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River) or Guizhou (ethnic minority villages). Feel free to tell us your interest and idea.

Weekend Travel Idea for EXPATS, business people, etc.

If you live in China and have very limited time, but still want to explore Zhangjiajie, here is a suggested concentrated itinerary:

Friday night: Most flights land in Zhangjiajie in the evening, so you can take an evening flight after work. Cities with direct evening flights to Zhangjiajie: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, and Kunming.
Saturday: See the highlights of Zhangjiajie: Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain.
Sunday: Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie departure

Guiding Service

Your personal tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour, providing guiding service and local knowledge. He/she is ready and willing to help you solve problems while on the tour.

Transportation to Zhangjiajie

By flight: Zhangjiajie is connected by direct flight with some major cities in China. Cities with daily flights to Zhangjiajie include: Changsha, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Guilin, Nanjing, Qingdao, and Shenyang. Cities with 2-4 flights per week to Zhangjiajie include: Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Lanzhou, Kunming, Lianyungang, and Shijiazhuang. Click here to see flight route map of the following cities to Zhangjiajie.

By train: You can get to Zhangjiajie by train (6 hours) or flight (1 hour) from Changsha City, the capital city of Hunan Province, which can be conveniently used as a transfer place. Direct trains to Zhangjiajie are also available from Yichang (5 hours), Guangzhou (13 hours), Shenzhen (18 hours), and Liuzhou (12 hours).

Accommodation

Star-rated hotels in Zhangjiajie might not be up to the standard of those in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Most hotels in Zhangjiajie opened over 10 years ago and have not undergone renovation, so the facilities might not be very new. For example, 4-star hotels in Zhangjiajie might only compare to economy standard hotels in cities like Shanghai. The hotels we use in the tour are carefully selected based on criteria like hotel environment, location, service, and previous customer feedback. Breakfast at a 4-star hotel at Zhangjiajie is very basic, so our guide will prepare bread, coffee, and fruit for you. At 5-star hotels breakfast is usually Chinese style mixed with some western choices. We suggest you bring your own toiletries and towel, and if you meet any problems in your hotel, our tour guide will help you arrange with the hotel to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

If you have other hotel choices or wish to book hotels by yourself, feel free to tell us your idea.

Food

Restaurant and cuisine choices are very limited in the national park. We will find the best available, but it is also suggested that you bring some snacks. Local villagers sell water and food like fruits and corn on the mountains, which are good to try while you climb the steps.

As for dinners (not included in the tour), you will have better and more choices while you are down the mountain. Feel free to ask your tour guide for recommendation of restaurants and dishes to try.

There are no vegetarian restaurants available in Zhangjiajie. For vegetarian travelers, please tell us your meal requirements in advance, so that we can make relevant arrangement for you.

How the Weather Affects the Scenery and What to Bring

It is foggy/rainy for over 200 days per year in Zhangjiajie, but the mists make Zhangjiajie mysterious. It might rain or be foggy (obscuring some of the view), but even then the scenery is beautiful.

A pair of comfortable walking shoes with good grip is a must.

Clothing: In summer, bring mosquito repellant, sunglasses, sun block and hat. Prepare an extra light coat for the cool early mornings and evenings. Bring warm clothes for winter, but you will get warmer climbing the mountains, so layers are recommended for flexibility.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is not included. We carefully selected some insurance providers from your region that give you the best value for money. Click here to go to the travel insurance page.