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4-Day Zhangjiajie National Park, Grand Canyon Glass Bridge and Tianmen Mountain Tour

Confused by Zhangjiajie city area and Wulingyuan area? Try to plan a Zhangjiajie tour logically?Worry about too many tourists? Here is the most classic Zhangjiajie tour that not only include all must-see attractions, such as Zhangjaijie National Forest Park, Grand Canyon and its Glass Bridge, Tianmen Mountain. but also have smart escape to some hidden places.

Our guides have real-time information about number of tourists at every attraction and weather forecast on the mountains. We will help you make the best use of your time and energy to see the essence of this World Heritage Site.


The Hallelujah Mountain of Avatar Peculiar quartz sandstone peaks - the closest thing on earth to the Hallelujah Mountains
sky field garden at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Smart escape from crowds to some hidden parts in the National Park.
Tianmen cave of Tianmen Mountain Enjoy a different angle of Tianmen Mountain quietly, even in peak season.
Popular Instagram place of Zhangjaijie Your guides knows popular Instagram photo place, amazing photos for your social media.
a boat ride at Baofeng Lake Enjoy a relaxing boat ride at crystal-clear Baofeng Lake
Suspended Grand Canyon Glass Bridge Visit the world-record-holding Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge!
Day 1 Zhangjiajie Arrival

Upon arrival your local tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport with a name plate. If you arrive by train, your local tour guide will meet you with a name plate at the exit of the train station.

After meeting your tour guide, he/she will take you by private van and driver to your hotel. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day's adventure!

Hotel options in Zhangjaijie City area:
Best Western Grand Hotel Zhangjiajie
Sunshine Hotel & Resort Zhangjiajie

Tianmen Mountain welcoming you at the airport Tianmen Mountain welcoming you at the airport

Day 2Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain and Some Hidden Parts

Your private guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Wulingyuan Scenic Area, where Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located.

Embrace Tianzi Mountain, Which Is Like a Big Bonsai Garden (3½ Hours)

Take a cable car up to Tianzi Mountain, and you will see large areas of grotesque peaks thrusting up. Walking along the steps spectacular views unfold in front of you from different angles.

Visit Yuanjiajie Scenic Area to See Avatar Hallelujah Mountain (1½ Hours)

Then ride a public shuttle bus to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, whose mountains are said to be the inspiration for Avatar's Hallelujah Mountain. This area is the most visited area due to its fame. It takes about 1 hour to walk the tourist trails, before you take the Bailong Elevator for the cable car down the mountain. This glass elevator was built on the side of a cliff, and it claims to be the world's highest of its kind. It takes only 88 seconds.

Your guide knows some hidden parts of the park where you can enjoy the natural beauty and take photos without any crowds and loud microphone.

Retire to a hotel at Wulingyuan Scenic area, to save time on transportation and avoid morning crowds on day 3.

Hotel options in Wulingyuan Scenic area:
Pullman Zhangjiajie (international 4-star standard)
Crowne Plaza Zhangjiajie

Yuanjiajie area Yuanjiajie area
Brush Peaks of Tianzi Mountain Brush Peaks of Tianzi Mountain
Day 3 Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge; Back to the city to visit Baofeng Lake

Wake up with fresh air, get ready to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. It incorporates mountains, streams, caves, cliffs and forest. The world's longest & highest glass-bottomed bridge is located in this area. Walking along this glass bridge 300 meters above ground-level will be one of the coolest experiences of your tour!

Challenge Yourself on the Glass Bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (4 Hours)

If you prefer not to walk on the bridge, we'll take another route to visit the area. Grand Canyon entrance tickets can only be obtained by reservation, and travel agencies have priority for ticket purchase. Tickets are limited to 8,000 per day.

Relax in a Boat at Baofeng Lake (1 Hour)

Then drive to Baofeng Lake that is in a basin in the middle of this mountainous area. you'll enjoy a 30-minute ride in a wooden boat. It is a leisurely experience as you cruise on the clear water, view hills of various shapes, and enjoy the entertainment of local minority people singing their traditional songs.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
The Baofeng Lake The Baofeng Lake
Day 4Tianmen Mountain; Zhangjiajie Departure

Views of Tianmen Mountain include graceful ancient trees, karst hillocks and long roads that are carved from the sides of the cliff. The cable car takes 30 minutes from the city center to the mountain top and is the longest cable in the world.

Experience the Longest Cableway and Enjoy Views from Tianmen Mountain (4½ Hours)

Walk on the mountain to the suspended glass walkway which is almost a mile (altitude: 1,430 meters) above the ground. Challenge yourself.

Reach at Tianmen Cave (literally 'Heaven's Gate Hole') that is a 30-meter-high hole formed naturally in the mountain like a doorway, well-known for being glided through by a world-class stuntman in a wing suit and Range Rover adverting film. To reach the hole, you can take elevator or climb 999 steps for about half an hour up the 'Stairway to Heaven'.

Enjoy your time on the mountain and then take a shuttle bus down the hill to experience the '99 Bends' mountain road.

It takes about 4 hours to visit Tianmen Mountain. If time is enough, your guide and driver will show you a special place to see the mountain without tourists. Enjoy it from a different angle and relax. After the trip we will send you to the airport and wave goodbye.

The 99 Bends of Tianmen Mountain The 99 Bends of Tianmen Mountain
The Glass Walkway at Tianmen Mountain The Glass Walkway at Tianmen Mountain

Trip Notes

1. Zhangjiajie map

Zhangjiajie mainly has two areas: City area and Wulingyuan area.

City area: Tianmen Mountain, airport, railway station

Wulingyuan area: National Forest Park

Essence of Zhangjiajie map

2. Flexible timing and travel order

To avoid waiting in long queues and adapt to the changeable whether condition, our tour guide will suggest the best time to start the day, and might suggest you get up early or alter your attraction schedule. Please kindly understand and cooperate.

Food in the National Park is very limited, usually guide will suggest you to have big breakfast on the day and prepare snacks for you, then have a late lunch to Wulingyuan downtown area at about 3 pm.

3. Accommodation

Star-rated hotels in Zhangjiajie might not be up to the standard of those in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Most hotels in Zhangjiajie opened over 10 years ago and have not undergone renovation, so the facilities might not be very new. For example, 4-star hotels in Zhangjiajie might only compare to economy standard hotels in cities like Shanghai. The hotels we use in the tour are carefully selected based on criteria like hotel environment, location, service, and previous customer feedback. Breakfast at a 4-star hotel at Zhangjiajie is very basic, and 5-star hotels breakfast is usually Chinese style mixed with some western choices. We suggest you bring your own toiletries and towel, and if you meet any problems in your hotel, our tour guide will help you arrange with the hotel to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

If you have other hotel choices or wish to book hotels by yourself, feel free to tell us your idea.

4. Weekend Travel Idea for EXPATS, business people, etc.

If you live in China and have very limited time, but still want to explore Zhangjiajie, here is a suggested concentrated itinerary:

Friday night: Most flights land in Zhangjiajie in the evening, so you can take an evening flight after work. Cities with direct evening flights to Zhangjiajie: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, and Kunming.

Saturday: See the highlights of Zhangjiajie: Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain.

Sunday: Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie departure

From USD789 p/p

based on 2 persons and 4-star hotel

Service Includes
  • 1-1 consultancy from an experienced travel expert
  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

Trip Advisor 559+ Excellent Reviews
Zhangjiajie and the surround mountains and canyons make for spectacular scenery, unlike anywhere else in the world. China Highlights did a great job coordinating all the details for my four day visit and my guide Sara did an excellent job shepherding me around the various sights and providing the local insights and cultural connection that made the visit all that more special.
- doug765