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Zhangjiajie Photography Tour

Catch the Exclusive Beauties of Zhangjiajie

A newly popular place among photographers around the world, Zhangjiajie's fame has increased with its Hallelujah Mountain, reminiscent of the movie Avatar. Our staff made an inspection trip to Zhangjiajie to discover unique photography tour.

Accompanied by an English-speaking guide and a professional photography guide in Zhangjiajie, you can concentrate on photography and do it in an efficiently way. You will not miss wonderful shoot opportunity.

Tour Highlights

  • Get the best angles on sights like 'First Bridge in the World'
  • Photograph wide-angle panoramas at the 'Natural Great Wall'
  • Visit the famous Hallelujah Mountain
  • Shoot 'Sky Field Garden' surrounded by precipitous peaks

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Suggested Itinerary

The Yangjiajie Area

Becoming popular, this new area's top viewpoints include Tianbofu and the Natural Great Wall. Narrow and towering natural walls of rock, different from typical Zhangjiajie pillars, are its distinguishing feature.

Tianbofu 6:30 pm © Andy BealesTianbofu 6:30 pm © Andy Beales
'Old House Area'

Have a short walk to photo 'Spirit Soldiers Meeting' and 'Sky Field Garden'. 'Sky Field Garden' is a rice paddy area, farmed by local people and hanging on an outcrop, surrounded by Zhangjiajie's classic towers.

The Yuanjiajie Area (Afternoon Recommended)

Famous and popular for its Hallelujah Mountain, named after Avatar's floating rocks, pictures of 'First Bridge in the World' from 'Viewing Bridge Platform' (Wangqiaotai) are a bonus. Afternoon is the best time to photograph the Yuanjiajie area. To avoid crowds and a better light, your guide will take you there around 5:00 pm.

First Bridge in the World 5:38 pm © Andy BealesFirst Bridge in the World 5:38 pm © Andy Beales
The Tianzi Mountain Area for Morning Mists

Tianzi Shan ('Heaven Son Mountain') is a fabulous location for seeing Zhangjiajie pillars among the sea of clouds. A lot of Zhangjiajie photography blockbusters are created there. Get inspired!

Start early to avoid crowds and to catch the morning mists. All the photographic locations are within a short distance. You can stay in McDonald's ("the best restaurant on the mountains"!) to enjoy some coffee or upload your photos when you are free. Enjoy a familiar Western breakfast.

The Emperor's Pens 9:17 am © Andy BealesThe Emperor's Pens 9:17 am © Andy Beales

Trip Notes

The Best Time to Go

Zhangjiajie's classic scenery is pillars in the sea of clouds. The best times for foggy peaks are a day or two after rain in April to June or September to November. July and August have much fewer chances to see the clouds. The phenomen can last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on wind, temperature, etc. May Day and Chinese National Day holidays (the first weeks of May and October) are strongly NOT recommended.

The Weather

The weather plays a very important role in a photography tour. Your guide is flexible, and can make appropriate changes based on the weather, after discussion with you. If you meet some bad weather for photography, your guide will try his best to take you to the place best suited to the weather conditions.

Hotel Conditions

In the mountains of Zhangjiajie are very basic. Usually there is only a simple Chinese breakfast including rice porridge, pickles, and steamed buns. Your guide will prepare instant coffee and some bread. Hotels adjacent to the park in Wulingyuan offer better conditions.

Luggage Transfer

From downtown Zhangjiajie to the national park is 20 RMB per piece of luggage. Transfer to Wulingyuan Town is 30 RMB per piece. If you stay in the city on the first and last days, you can leave your excess luggage in your downtown hotel.

National Park Transport

Free shuttle buses run 8am–5:30pm, and the last paid bus is 7pm. You will need to rent a low-comfort local van for sunrise or sunset trips. We will do our best to arrange the best transport for you.

Meet Top Photographer in Zhangjiajie

Mr. Zhou Mingfa, One of top photographers in Zhangjiajie, lives at Tianzi Mountain area and his family run a shop that sell his photography book and post card. If you are lucky, you may meet him at the shop. It is good to have a chat with him.

FromUSD 1,269p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • 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

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