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Zhangjiajie Itineraries - How Long to Spend in Zhangjiajie

Written by Ruru ZhouUpdated Jun. 1, 2023

Zhangjiajie, famous for its otherworldly landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty, promises an unforgettable adventure for travelers.

Whether you're seeking a compact trip or an in-depth exploration, our itinerary suggestions would ensure that you experience the very best of this awe-inspiring destination (and they can all be custom-tailored to suit you by our team of travel advisors).

How Long to Spend in Zhangjiajie

Although the ideal duration for a trip to Zhangjiajie depends on your personal preferences and travel style, we recommend spending 3–4 days there to cover the main attractions, such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, and Tianmen Mountain.

If you have less than 3 days, it's still possible to visit Zhangjiajie, but the trip would be quite rushed.

For a more immersive experience, and if you have more than 4 days available, we suggest that you extend your trip to Fenghuang Ancient Town for an in-depth insight into the region's architecture and local culture whilst enjoying a leisurely pace in a charming place.


4 Days in Zhangjiajie - The Classic Zhangjiajie Adventure

Spending 4 days in Zhangjiajie is most recommended. During this 4-day tour, you'll have the chance to explore the highlights of Zhangjiajie, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park with its Avatar Mountain, Tianmen Mountain, and the Glass Bridge.

  • Day 1: Zhangjiajie Arrival
  • Day 2: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Hike around the park and marvel at the sandstone pillars, lush forests, and jaw-dropping vistas. Don't miss the iconic Avatar Halleluyah Mountain, which inspired the floating mountains in the movie "Avatar".
  • Day 3: Thrilling Experience on the Glass Bridge: Walk on Zhangjiajie's record-breaking glass bridge, 300 meters above ground level, for a unique experience. Hike in the 'Grand Canyon' around the bridge, immersing yourself in the scenery of mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forests.
  • Day 4: Tianmen Mountain: Take the world's longest cable car to the mountain top, and enjoy the thrilling experience of a more than 70-degree ascent in the car in one section. Climb the steps to Heaven's Door and brave your respect (or fear) of heights on the glass walkway.

2 Days in Zhangjiajie - Quick Visit

While it's possible to have a 2-day tour in Zhangjiajie, it would be quite limited and rushed, especially considering that Zhangjiajie is located in a remote area far from China's major tourist travel routes.

In two days, you can visit some of the main attractions, such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, focusing on the Avatar Mountains area and Tianzi Mountain, or Tianmen Mountain. However, you won't have time for leisurely sightseeing, or experiencing the local culture.

Customized 2 Days Itinerary for Zhangjiajie

  • Day 1: Zhangjiajie Arrival: If you arrived early in the morning (before 9am), you could fit a visit to Tianmen Mountain in.
  • Day 2: Choose between Zhangjiajie National Forest Park or Tianmen Mountain You could opt to visit either the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (the Halleluyah Mountain and Tianzi Mountain route) or Tianmen Mountain on the second day.

To truly appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of Zhangjiajie, it's recommended to extend your stay to at least 3–4 days.

Heaven's Door, Zhangjiajie

3 Days in Zhangjiajie — Highlights Itinerary

With 3 days, you'll have enough time to visit some of Zhangjiajie's most iconic attractions and enjoy a well-paced trip. Here's a suggested itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Zhangjiajie
  • Day 2: Explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Ride the Bailong Elevator up to Yuanjiajie. Explore the captivating "Avatar Mountains" and take in breathtaking views from observation platforms.
  • Day 3: Visit Tianmen Mountain Take the world's longest cable car up Tianmen Mountain. Explore the sights on the mountain, including the glass skywalk, 99 Bends Road, and Tianmen Cave.
3 Days Zhangjiajie Itinerary

Zhangjiajie Itinerary Suggestion for more than 4 days

If you have more than 4 days in Zhangjiajie, we recommend that you extend your trip to nearby Fenghuang Ancient Town. Here is a suggested tour itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Zhangjiajie
  • Day 2: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (Halleluyah Mountain, Tianzi Mountain)
  • Day 3: Tianmen Mountain National Park
  • Days 4–5: Fenghuang Ancient Town is a tranquil town by a river surrounded by mountains. Stroll around this medieval-era town and visit interesting shops and homes, discovering its charming photo spots. The sunset in this 300-year-old small town is a wonderful highlight you mustn't miss.

Best Times to Visit and Essential Travel Tips

The best times to visit Zhangjiajie are during spring and autumn.

Travel in Autumn (September to November)

The weather is pleasant and comfortable, with temperatures ranging between 13°C (55°F) and 23°C (73°F) on average. There is also less rain during these months.

However, it's also the busy travel season. Let experienced local travel experts like us help you plan your tour; otherwise, even in the best season, you might have a poor experience due to large crowds and long queues!

Travel in Spring (April to June): Enjoy pleasant spring weather (warm temperatures, but moderate to high rainfall), lush greenery, and fewer crowds compared to the summer months.

Travel during China's Summer Holiday (July and August)

July and August are the busiest tourist season, so expect crowds and long lines. However, if you travel with us, our guide will help you avoid the crowds as much as possible.

Travel in Winter: Traveling in winter is possible, but we don't recommend it due to the cold weather. Fog and snow can make it difficult to enjoy the scenery, and roads in the mountains can be slippery.

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How to Get to Zhangjiajie and Get Around There

You can travel by both flight and train to Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport (DYG) connects the city to numerous domestic destinations, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. Some international routes to Southeast Asian cities are also available. The airport is about 40 minutes' drive from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and next to Tianmen Mountain.

Zhangjiajie is accessible by high-speed train from major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Changsha. The train station is located in the city center.

If you travel with us, we will handle all transportation arrangements, saving you time and hassle.

Where to Stay in Zhangjiajie

We would arrange the best hotel location for you according to your touring activities. If you are scheduled to visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park the next day, we recommend that you stay at Wulingyuan Town, close to the entrance to the forest park. If you are to visit Tianmen Mountain or have an early departure the next day, we would arrange a hotel for you in Zhangjiajie City.

Enjoy a Worry-Free Tour in Zhangjiajie with China Highlights

Exploring Zhangjiajie National Forest Park can be complex due to its vast size. Travel with us to ensure a relaxing and enriching experience in Zhangjiajie. Our local guide would accompany you all the way in the park, helping you get over any difficulties you encounter and discover the best views. Tailor-make a Zhangjiajie tour with us.

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