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.
|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||
|Wulingyuan 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 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
- 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.
Select a tour you are interested in for more information.
|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 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|
|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|
|Discover Zhangjiajie and Yangtze River Tour||7 days||$1199||Zhangjiajie → Chongqing → Yangtze → Yichang|
During the Tour
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