How to Plan a Weekend Trip to Zhangjiajie

How to Plan a Weekend Trip to Zhangjiajie

By Kelly PangUpdated Jun. 28, 2021
Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkZhangjiajie National Forest Park

If you live in China and want to escape from the bustling city, Zhangjiajie is a great weekend getaway destination. Here's what to do on a short trip to Zhangjiajie.

Friday Night: Zhangjiajie Arrival

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

See detailed information about how to get to Zhangjiajie.

On arrival at the airport, take a shuttle bus, a taxi, or a private car (if you have booked a private tour) to your hotel in downtown Zhangjiajie. It is about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away.

Recommended hotels: Sunshine Hotel and Resort Zhangjiajie (5-star) / Best Western Grand Hotel Zhangjiajie (4-star)

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Saturday: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

In the Morning: Tianzi Mountain

Tianzi MountainTianzi Mountain

Get up early and take a drive for about 40 minutes to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You will spend your day visiting the two most classic and popular attractions.

Get out of your vehicle at the Wulingyuan entrance (there are five gates to the national park). Take a cable car up Tianzi Mountain and you will see a sea of spiky peaks thrusting upward from below.

The cable car is 67 yuan for a single trip and helps you save 2–3 hours of walking.

Around Noon

Have lunch at a local restaurant or at the McDonald's restaurant that is located on the mountain.

In the Afternoon: Yuanjiajie Scenic Area

Ride a public shuttle bus to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. You will see the spectacular Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. Walk around and hike a little to see the First Bridge Under Heaven (天下第一桥) and the Lost Souls Platform (Mihun Tai 迷魂台).

After sightseeing, take a shuttle bus to the cable car and descend the mountain.

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Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkThe spectacular Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Another option for you to get down from the mountain is to take the Bailong Elevator (72 yuan for a single trip). It is said to be the world's highest glass elevator built on the side of a cliff. It takes only 2 minutes to descend the mountain, but it may take 1 or 2 hours to queue up for it.

Go back to your hotel in downtown Zhangjiajie.

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Sunday: Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie Departure

Tianmen MountainTake the world's longest cable car up to Tianmen Mountain

In the morning, take the world’s longest cable car up to Tianmen Mountain, which is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie. In the 30-minute cableway ride, you will enjoy graceful ancient trees, karst hillocks, and curved mountain roads.

On Tianmen Mountain, you can walk along the glass skywalks built along the edges of the mountain's summit and climb up to Tianmen Cave.

In the afternoon, go to the airport for your flight back home.

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Travel with Us to Maximize Your Time in Zhangjiajie

Touring Zhangjiajie with us to enjoy a hassle-free experienceTouring Zhangjiajie with us to enjoy a hassle-free experience

As your time in Zhangjiajie is limited, a private tour with a private guide and car is a good way to make the most of your time and have a hassle-free experience. 

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