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Zhangjiajie Forest Park is a large scenic area. If you are planning a longer tour, or if you are interested in photography, you may consider staying inside Zhangjiajie Forest Park. It can save your time waiting in lines and stuck in the traffic while accessing the park.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is open from 7 am to 6 pm, but stay inside the park and you can appreciate the natural beauty from sunrise to sunset.
The most important thing you should know is that there are no star-rated hotels inside the park, only inns and hostels with basic facilities.
The best inns in the park are in 'Fourth Fragrant Banyan' Village (Dingxiangrong /ding-syang-rong/ Village), near Tianzi Mountain (/tyen-dzuh shan/ 'Emperor's Son Mountain'). It has the following three inns that you may consider.
These inns on the mountain are better for appreciating the scenery. It may take you about 2 hours to climb up, and as the latest check-in time of most inns is 6 pm, you’d better enter the park before 4 pm or you may not be able to check in.
Pandora Inn is located at Tianzi Mountain. It’s close to the viewing deck of Daguantai (/daa-gwann-tie/ 'Big Viewing Platform'), the best place to see sunrise in the park.
Milan Inn is located on top of Tianzi Mountain at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,937 ft). It looks like the traditional buildings of the Tujia minority. It’s the only mountain-view inn with two floors. There are four buildings, Building A (the best one), Buildings B and C (newly open, with minority characteristics), and Building D (with minority characteristics).
Mengpa Deluxe Inn was opened by photographers. It’s a good place to stay if you want to enjoy nature and avoid the crowds. You can exchange ideas with other travelers there. And you can have a barbecue there at night. Mengpa (/mnng-paa/) Deluxe Inn is actually located in Tianchi Village (天池村 /tyen-chrr tswnn/ 'Heaven Pool Village', near 'Fourth Fragrant Banyan' Village in Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area