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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 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.

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.

Where Should I Go?

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

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 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.

What to Bring and Prepare

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  • 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 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.

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.

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Tour Duration Cost Attractions
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

During the Tour

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