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4-Day Essence of Zhangjiajie Tour

Are you confused by the differences between Zhangjiajie and Wulingyuan? Are you trying to plan a logical Zhangjiajie tour? Are you worried about too many tourists? Here is our classic Zhangjiajie tour that not only includes all of the must-see attractions, such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and its glass bridge, and Tianmen Mountain, but also offers smart escapes to some hidden places.

Our experienced guides have real-time information about the number of tourists at every attraction and the weather forecasts in 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 View peculiar quartz sandstone peaks — the closest thing on Earth to the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar.
sky field garden at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Make smart escapes from the crowds to some hidden areas in the national park.
Tianmen cave of Tianmen Mountain Enjoy Tianmen Mountain from a different angle for some quiet, even in the peak season.
Popular Instagram place of Zhangjaijie Your guides know popular places for Instagram photos to take amazing shots for your social media.
a boat ride at Baofeng Lake Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the 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 in the arrivals hall of the airport with a nameplate. If you arrive by train, he/she will meet you with a nameplate at the train station’s exit.

After meeting your tour guide, you will be transferred to your hotel via a private vehicle and driver. 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

Your guide welcomes you at the airport Your guide welcomes you at the airport

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

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 ride up to Tianzi Mountain and you will see large areas of spiky peaks thrusting upward. Walking along the steps, spectacular views will 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, where the mountains are said to be the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in the movie Avatar. This is the most visited area due to its fame. It takes about 1 hour to walk along the tourist trails before you take the Bailong Elevator or the cable car down the mountain. This glass elevator was built on the side of a cliff and is the world's highest of its kind. It takes just 88 seconds to travel from the top to the bottom.

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

Retire to a hotel in Wulingyuan Scenic Area to save time on transportation and avoid the morning crowds the following day.

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 Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge; Back to the City to Visit Baofeng Lake

Wake up feeling refreshed and get ready to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. It incorporates mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forests. The world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge is located in this area. Walking along this glass bridge at 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 purchases. Tickets are limited to 8,000 per day.

Relax on a Boat at Baofeng Lake (1 Hour)

Then drive to Baofeng Lake, which 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 along the clear water, view hills of various shapes, and enjoy listening to local minority people singing their traditional songs.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Baofeng Lake 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 cliffs. The cable car ride takes 30 minutes from the city center to the mountaintop and it is the longest cableway in the world.

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

Walk across the mountain to reach the suspended glass walkway, which is almost a mile above the ground(altitude is 1,430 meters). Challenge yourself with this thrilling experience.

Reach Tianmen Cave (meaning 'Heaven's Gate'), which is a 30-meter-high hole formed naturally in the mountain, resembling a doorway. It is well-known for being glided through by world-class stuntmen in wingsuits and a Range Rover advertising film. To reach the hole, you can climb 999 steps up the 'Stairway to Heaven' for about half an hour or take elevators.

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

It takes about 4 hours to visit Tianmen Mountain. If you have enough time, your guide and driver will show you a special place where you can see the mountain without other tourists. Enjoy it from a different angle and relax.

After the trip, we will transfer 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 has two main areas: the city area and Wulingyuan.

City area: Tianmen Mountain, airport, railway station

Wulingyuan: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Essence of Zhangjiajie map

2. Flexible timing and food arrangement

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

Food sold in the national park is very limited. Usually, your guide will suggest that you have a big breakfast on the day and he/she will prepare some snacks for you. Then you will have a late lunch in downtown Wulingyuan at about 3pm.

3. Accommodation

Star-rated hotels in Zhangjiajie might not be up to the standard of those in big cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai. Most hotels in Zhangjiajie opened over 10 years ago and have not undergone any renovations since then, 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 such as the hotel’s environment, location, service, and previous customers’ feedback. Breakfast at a 4-star hotel in Zhangjiajie is very basic and breakfast in 5-star hotels is usually of a Chinese-style mixed with some Western choices. We suggest you take your own toiletries and towel. If you encounter any problems in your hotel, your tour guide will help you make arrangements 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 ideas.

4. Weekend Travel Idea for Expats and Business People

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, Hong Kong, Guilin, and Kunming.

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

Sunday: Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie departureSunday: Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie departure

From US$789 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 trip advisor 163+ 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