How to Plan a Tour of Zhangjiajie

The rock pillar landscapes of Zhangjiajie are renowned all over the world. The picturesque natural scenery and rich ethnic culture in Zhangjiajie is charming and well worth a trip. Generally speaking, three days or four days are enough to see the main things in Zhangjiajie.

When to Go?

The landscapes in Zhangjiajie are best in spring, autumn and winter. Green and verdant trees and colorful flowers in spring, golden foliage in autumn, and pure snow scenery in winter make these three seasons are the golden times for photographers to capture stunning pictures in Zhangjiajie.

Weather in spring and autumn is cool and comfortable. Traveling to Zhangjiajie in winter is not recommended for senior travelers because it gets too cold. See our Zhangjiajie weather summaries.

Bai Minority Torch Festival

The Torch Festival is a traditional ethnic festival held by the Bai minority people on the 24th of the sixth month of the lunar calendar (falling in the period from mid-July to mid-August). Attend this festival to experience Chinese folk culture and customs.

Where Should I Go?

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which is the epitome of Zhangjiajie and has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, mainly show the essence of Zhangjiajie's landscape.

AttractionType of AttractionHours from ZhangjiajieTime for a visitTime of day(Entry) cost
Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkPark40 minutesOne day to three daysDaytime
Wulingyuan Scenic Area Park1 hourOne day to two daysDaytime
Yellow Dragon Cave Cave1 hour2 hoursDaytime80 yuan
Baofeng Lake Lake1 hour2 hoursDaytime74 yuan
Tianmen Mountain Mountain1 hourOne dayDaytime
Mengdong RiverRiver4 hoursHalf a dayDaytime
Phoenix Ancient Town Town5 hoursOne day to two daysDaytime and evening

What Should I Do?

Being one of the best photography destinations in China, photography is an important part of the itinerary traveling in Zhangjiajie. Hiking (best time: spring and autumn due to the cool weather) is another must-do as the scenic areas are quiet large and suitable for hiking and appreciating the scenery from different vantage points.

What to Bring and Prepare

  • Camera
  • Rain gear (especially in spring)
  • Sun-protection (especially in summer)
  • Anti-skid sport shoes or walking boots
  • Any necessary medicine


If you spend a whole day or more in the forest park or Wulingyuan Scenic Area, there are restaurants in the mountains. You can have a feast of authentic Xiang Cuisine dishes in some sophisticated restaurants in Zhangjiajie urban area. China Highlights has listed the most popular restaurants in Zhangjiajie for you to select from.


There are plenty of classy hotels in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Phoenix Ancient Town and Zhangjiajie City. Some hotels may require reservations. China Highlights can help you book hotels at a discount. Click here for a choice of hotels in Zhangjiajie.


We at China Highlights have designed these Zhangjiajie tours. You can also contact us for a tailor-made tour.

Select a tour you are interested in for more information.

Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Tour 5 days$799Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshizhai Cable Car, Jinbian Brook, Huangshi Fort, Mt. Tianzi, Fenghuang Ancient Town
Discover Zhangjiajie Tour 4 days$599Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshi Fort, Jinbian Brook, Mt. Tianzi, Tianzishan Cable Car, Aborigines Scenic Park, Yellow Dragon Cave, Mengdong River Scenic Area, Furong Town
Hunan Province Discovery Tour 7 days$1239Water-Dripping Cave, The Memorial Hall, Mao Zedong's Former House, Hunan Provincial Museum, Yue Foothill Academy, Loving Youth Pavilion, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshizhai Cable Car, Jinbian Brook, Huangshi Fort, Mt. Tianzi, Fenghuang Ancient Town
Discover Zhangjiajie and Yangtze River Tour 7 days$1199Zhangjiajie → Chongqing → Yangtze → Yichang

During the Tour

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Questions and Answers About How to Plan a Tour of Zhangjiajie

qUE 2013-06-20
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Dear Que, The entracce fee is about CNY248/US$41 per person. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-06-20
melanie 2013-05-21
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I am wondering if you have 3 day tours?
Dear Melanie, Here is an itinerary for reference,please click this link: As our tour packages are private tours, it is easy to revise it based on our requiry. Please feel free to let us know your plan, we can design a tour on your need. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-05-22
Saskia van Gemert 2012-11-05
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Hello!I am looking to plan a trip to Zhangjiajie / Wulingyuan Scenic Area end of November, over a weekend, with 4 friends (2 couples).We like to fly from Shanghai on either Friday or Thursday evening, spend Friday/Saturday and Sunday in the area, hiking and watching the ''Avatar'' mountains and return by flight to Shanghai on Sunday afternoon. We like to stay in a nice but affordable hotel/hostel near or in the scenic area. Can you give me some advice or suggestions?Saskia
Dear Saskia, Thanks for your tour inquiry. My name is Nancy Deng. I am your travel advisor at China Highlights. According to your request, I’ve designed a 4-day Zhangjiajie private tour with a private English-speaking tour guide and van for your reference. You will have a chance to visit the 'Avatar' mountains in this trip. Please check your E-mail box and feel free contact me at any time if you have any question. Nancy Nancy Deng replied on 2012-11-07
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