Zhangjiajie - a surreal world of rock pillar landscapes covered with verdant trees, queer rocks, clean lakes and rivers - is one of the must-visit large scenic resorts in China. Apart from the stunning natural landscapes, a collection of ancient buildings are also the highlights of Zhangjiajie.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Tianmen Mountain, the Puguang Temple and Mengdong River are the seven main scenic areas in Zhangjiajie. The famous Phoenix Ancient Town is located beside Zhangjiajie and is well worth a trip.
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, and Longwang Cave are the main attractions Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Original sandstones, dense forests and deep ravines feature a gorgeous natural landscape of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Thick forests and running streams in the area, create a picture of the stunning natural landcapes.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park features a variety of different terrains including: mountainous regions, upland areas, plains and karst rock areas. All the natural landscapes in the park interpret the magic of nature well. There are six main attractions in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Jinbian Stream (Golden Whip Stream)
Passing through the gate, you can see the Golden Whip Stream. Vigorous trees are shadowed on the crystal water, which make this stream the most attractive place in the park.
Yellow Stone Stronghold (Huangshi Village)
Located in the west of the park, this large stronghold is another essential tourist route that can't be missed. The main attractions in Yellow Stone Stronghold include the Trail in Fir Woods, Imperial Edict and the Precious Box, Needle Peak, the Southern Gate to Heaven, and Five-Finger Peak.
Yaozi Village stands beside Yellow Stone Stronghold and Yuanjiajie. Looking over from the top of Yaozi Village into the valley, you can be amazed by the dense forest, precipices and cliffs.
Yuanjiajie is in the north of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, surrounded by many giant and peculiar rocks and pine trees.
Tianzi Mountain is one of the main scenic spots in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, covering a large area and reaching a high sea level of the highest peak. You can get a full view of the entire Wulingyuan Scenic Area standing on the top of the mountain. The wonders that are the sea of clouds, the tender moonlight, the strong sunshine and the pure snow in winter, make sure that the scenery in Tianzi Mountain are the best all year round. Cable cars are available for you to go from the foot to the top of the mountain, and appreciate the scenery along the way.
Suoxiyu Nature Reserve
Suoxiyu Nature Reserve is in the center of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. The main attractions in this valley are Baofeng Lake, Yellow Dragon Cave, West Sea, Ten-mile Gallery and Shuiraosimen. Furthermore, various wild animals and medicinal herbs can be found here.
Baofeng Lake Scenic Area is part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It is one of the world's natural heritages. The area concludes Baofeng Lake, and Yingwo Stockaded Village. The natural beauty of the lake and the mountain contain the human culture and landscape.
The Yellow Dragon Cave is known as the wonder of the world’s caves. It is a typical karst cave, consisting of an area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, underground streams, and caverns.
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Tianmen Mountain, the soul of Zhangjiajie, is named after the huge cave in the mountain which is like a gate to heaven called Tianmen Cave, or 'Heaven Gate' Cave. Tianmen Mountain was recognized as a national forest park in 1992. It is not only a paradise for scenery, but also for photography and adventure.
Initially built in the Ming Dynasty and located in Zhangjiajie city, the Puguang Temple covers an area of 3,300 square meters. This ancient temple is a holy sanctuary combining Buddhism and Taoism. The buildings in the temple, such as ancestral shrines, archways and towers, deliver the architectural features of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Winding through the giant mountains and limestone cliffs, Mengdong River is one of the essential tour destinations in Zhangjiajie. It is situated about 80 kilometers south-east of Zhangjiajie city and two hours' drive from the city center.
You will feel excited and thrilled when rafting on Mengdong River due to the torrential water, sharp turnings and steep ramps. The scenery alongside the river is breathtakingly gorgeous.
Best Time to Visit
Zhangjiajie is pleasant to visit at any time of the year.
April to October is the golden time to travel to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, as the temperature during this period is moderate and comfortable.
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Recommended Tours of Zhangjiajie
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Questions and Answers About Zhangjiajie Attractions
Based on the former data, the average is about–1 °C- 5 °C℃（30 °F- 41 °F). It occasionally snows lightly.
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I updated this article on August 12, 2013
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