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 or four days are enough to see the main things in Zhangjiajie.
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.
Generally, spring in the scenic area comes late; it is from the middle of April to the beginning of May. Summer is the best season for summer recreation; when it is warm enough for rafting. July to August is not as good as May to June, because it is the rainy season, and the visibility of the scenic area is poor.
October is the best month to go to the scenic area with clear weather, fresh air, great views, trees with strong fall colors.
For people who like snow, you may see some from December to February. The rare mountain snow can only be seen a few times a year, and it melts fast. Traveling to Zhangjiajie in winter is not recommended for senior travelers because it gets quite cold. See our Zhangjiajie weather summaries.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Wulingyuan Scenic Area is the epitome of Zhangjiajie, and has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, best shows the essence of Zhangjiajie's landscape.
|Attraction||Type of Attraction||Hours from Zhangjiajie||Time for a visit||Time of day||(Entry) cost|
|Zhangjiajie National Forest Park||Park||40 minutes||One day to three days||Daytime||
|Suoxiyu Scenic Area||Park||1 hour||One day to two days||Daytime||
|Yellow Dragon Cave||Cave||1 hour||2 hours||Daytime||80 yuan|
|Baofeng Lake||Lake||1 hour||2 hours||Daytime||74 yuan|
|Tianmen Mountain||Mountain||1 hour||One day||Daytime||
|Mengdong River||River||4 hours||Half a day||Daytime||
|Phoenix Ancient Town||Town||5 hours||One day to two days||Daytime and evening||
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 cooler weather) is another must-do as the scenic areas are quiet large and suitable for hiking and appreciating the scenery from different vantage points.
If you spend a whole day or more in the forest park or Suoxiyu Scenic Area, there are restaurants in the mountains. When you are in the scenic area, it is suggested to take some food with you, because food in some local restaurants may not meet your expectations.
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. See our guide for the four main hotel areas.
Select a tour you are interested in for more information.
|Discover Zhangjiajie Tour||4 days||$599||Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshi Fort, Jinbian Brook, Mt. Tianzi, Tianzishan Cable Car, Aborigines Scenic Park, Yellow Dragon Cave, Mengdong River Scenic Area, Furong Town|
|Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Tour||5 days||$799||Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshizhai Cable Car, Jinbian Brook, Huangshi Fort, Mt. Tianzi, Fenghuang Ancient Town|
|Discover Zhangjiajie and Yangtze River Tour||7 days||$1199||Zhangjiajie → Chongqing → Yangtze → Yichang|
|Hunan Province Discovery Tour||7 days||$1239||Water-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|
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