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5-Day Zhangjiajie Hiking and Biking Tour for Any Level

This tour is designed for people who would like to try some outdoor activities at any level in wild Zhangjiajie. You will visit must-see attractions, such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and its glass bridge, and Tianmen Mountain. Furthermore, you will enjoy these popular places from a different perspective.

Visiting the forest park includes a combination of hiking and riding in a shuttle bus, an elevator, and a cable car. You’ll take about 21,000 steps as you walk during this trip. Enjoy light hiking alongside part of Golden Whip Stream at the foot of a mountain in the national forest park to breathe fresh air and meet cute monkeys. Walk in the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain and Tianzi Mountain areas to enjoy them through your own eyes. Go biking in the non-touristy area at the foot of Tianmen Mountain to see countryside views and the quiet reflection of Tianmen Cave on the surface of the water.

We tailor-make hiking and biking for any level. With every step, different views will jump up before your eyes. Embrace the dynamic Zhangjiajie.


Hiking along the Golden Whip Stream Hiking alongside Golden Whip Stream at the foot of a mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
enjoy quiet place at the National Park Make smart escapes from the crowds to some hidden areas in the national park.
Biking at the non-touristy Tianmen Mountain foot area Go biking in the non-touristy area at the foot of Tianmen Mountain to relax.
glass walkway at Tianmen Mountain Feel your heart beat faster during a cable car ride and on the glass walkway at Tianmen Mountain.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge Visit the world record-holding Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge.
Day 1Arrive in Zhangjiajier

Upon arrival, your local tour guide will meet you in the arrivals hall of the airport with a nameplate. If you arrive by train, your local tour guide will meet you at the train station’s exit.

After meeting your tour guide, you will be transferred to your hotel in Wulingyuan via a private vehicle and driver. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day's hiking trip.

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

Tianmen Mountain Welcomes You at the Airport Tianmen Mountain Welcomes You at the Airport

Day 2Hike Alongside Golden Whip Stream, in Yuanjiajie, and on Tianzi Mountain

Light Hiking along the Golden Whip Stream (1 Hour)

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.

Golden Whip Stream is 5.7 kilometers long, which takes about 2 hours to hike the whole route. We hike half of the route, as you hike in the natural oxygen bar, say hello to the monkeys.

Enjoy Peaks with Different Shapes at Tianzi Mountain (3 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. It seems as though these peaks with unique shapes have been made by naughty children, as if nature is a child at play.

See Avatar Hallelujah Mountain with Your Own Eyes at Yuanjiajie (2 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. It takes about 1 hour to walk along the tourist trails before you take the Bailong Elevator or the cable car down the mountain.

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.

Hiking alongside Golden Whip Stream Hiking alongside Golden Whip Stream
Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in Yuanjiajie Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in Yuanjiajie
Day 3 Visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with Its Amazing Glass BridgeGrand Canyon with Amazing Glass Bridge

Wake up feeling refreshed and get ready to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. It incorporates mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forests.

Stand on Transparent Glass in the Sky and Look Down to the Bottom (1 Hour)

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!

Experience a Narrow Path on the Cliffside and a Slide (1½ Hour)

After the bridge, you can choose to walk down the cliff path or take the elevator to get halfway down the mountain, then go down a slide to reach the bottom. Afterward, walk for about 5 kilometers alongside the stream in the canyon.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Walk alongside the stream in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Walk alongside the stream in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
Day 4Visit the City’s Highlight: Tianmen Mountain

Driving from your hotel at Wulingyuan area to Tianmen Mountain takes about 40 minutes.

The Longest Cableway and a Glass Walkway (2 Hours)

The cable car ride takes 30 minutes to get from the city center to the mountaintop and it is the longest cableway in the world.

Walk on 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.

Visit Tianmen Cave Where a Range Rover Drove up 999 Steps to Reach the Top (2 Hours)

You will 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 take the 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 back down to experience the '99 Bends' mountain road.

If you have a flight in the afternoon or evening, your guide and driver will show you a special place to see the mountain without other tourists. Enjoy it from a different angle and relax. Check in at your hotel in Zhangjiajie city area, get ready for biking.

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

the cableway at Tianmen Mountain The cableway at Tianmen Mountain — the longest one in the world
Tiammen Mountain Stand at the top of Tianmen Mountain
Day 5Go Biking in the Non-Touristy Area at the Foot of Tianmen Mountain

After visiting the popular attraction of Tianmen Mountain, we understand that you will need an authentic experience to discover the local people's lifestyles.

Go Biking Along a Peaceful Village Path with a Professional Coach (2½ Hours)

Biking along a peaceful village path is a good way to explore and to enjoy Tianmen Mountain from a different angle.

A professional coach from a local biking club will accompany you with his sag wagon. He will provide you with a bike and helmet. If you prefer an easy biking tour, visit a beautiful reservoir, which takes about 1 hour in total (3-5 km). Get off your bike, take a break at any time and enjoy the peace without any other tourists. If you think 1 hour’s biking is not enough, your guide and coach will tailor-make a biking route according to your interests.

Then you’ll be driven back to your hotel where you can take a break before catching your flight in the afternoon or evening.

biking in Zhangjiajie A non-touristy biking route to Tianmen Mountain
enjoy Tianmen MountainEnjoy Reflection of the Tianmen Cave, without Crowds Enjoy the reflection of Tianmen Cave without any crowds

Trip Notes

1.Different Levels of Hiking in the National Forest Park

This tour includes one-hour light hiking along Golden Whip Stream. We understand that different people are suited to different levels of hiking. To meet those needs, we can tailor-make your hiking route in the national forest park according to your previous hiking experience. Your ticket to the forest park is valid for 4 days. If you prefer more hiking, half or one day more is needed in the national park. The following hiking levels are for your reference. The hours depicted in brackets are just for the hiking part of the trip, not for the whole day.

  • Light Hiking in 1 day: (Included in this tour)
  • Hike halfway along the length of Golden Whip Stream (1 hour on flat terrain),take the elevator to Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain, then take a cable car ride back down.
  • Walk about 21,000 steps during the day.
  • Light Hiking in 1½ days: (Not included in this tour)
  • Day 1: Hike alongside the whole of Golden Whip Stream (2 hours on flat terrain).
  • Day 2: Take the elevator to Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain, then take a cable car ride back down.
  • Walk about 25,000 steps in total.
  • Intermediate-level hiking in 2 days: (Not included in this tour)
  • Day 1: Take the elevator to Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain, then take a cable car ride back down.
  • Day 2: Take round-trip cable car and go walking in Yangjiajie or Huangshizhai (2 hours, including steep steps up and down).
  • Walk about 31,000 steps in total.
  • Advanced hiking in 1 day: (Not included in this tour)
  • Take the elevator to Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain, then walk back down the mountain (2½ hours, including terrain that goes up and down).
  • Walk about 31,000 steps in the day.

2. Flexible Timing and Food Arrangements

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 4pm.

From US$899 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 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