It is for good reason that Zhangjiajie National Park is one of the most famous and popular destinations in China. There is a huge range of landscapes, most famously the massive pillars of stone nicknamed the Avatar Mountains, and forests, streams, a spring said to grant longevity to those who drink its water, and mischievous macaques.
🚅 Zhangjiajie City in Hunan is easily reached by air or rail, and a dedicated bus takes visitors to the various entrances to the park. After buying a ticket, visitors can take a free shuttle bus to reach different parts of the extensive park.
📷 Zhangjiajie is best known for its views, so bring a camera and prepare to be awed by what you see. I suggest planning at least three days to have enough time, especially if you're hiking.
🏞️ There are many hiking trails throughout the park, but for those who aren't keen on hauling themselves up and down mountains, various cable cars and elevators can bring guests to the most popular viewing points.
☕ There are places to buy food and drinks in the park, but as they are pricy and the selection limited, I suggest bringing a picnic. Make sure to carry lots of water if hiking, especially in summer.
☀️ It's said that Zhangjiajie should be seen in every season. I can't wait to return the next time to see its other guises.
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Zhanjiajie is one of those places that have been on my mind since I arrived in China. In the beginning, I had never related that this place had seemed in a movie that its mountains had been inspiration to create another world.
This year after the pandemic we had to organize new trips since traveling outside of China is not possible. So we decided to start traveling in China, in the end this was our only option to get out of the city. This place, as you see it in the photos, is a magical place and at times hard to believe what exists.
Day2 Route：Forest Park ticket station - Huangshi Village - Golden Whip Creek - Ten miles gallery.There are a lot of monkeys at the gate of the forest park and Huangshi village, we met the monkey fight, there are a lot of monkey mothers with little monkeys ask food from tourists, you should better not taking food and bags, or there will be a risk of being caught by monkeys! Huangshi Village is the earliest scenic area developed in Zhangjiajie. Now not many people go there. You can walk for 2 hours to avoid the crowds. Ten Mile Gallery is great place to be visit by a small train. When you enter, you’d better to sit on the left side of the train and when you come out, you sit on the right side of the train. Three sisters mountain is the most significant attention.Although we caught the rain, but after the rain the air more fresh, misty like a fairyland! So beautiful!
DAY1: Zhangjiajie Forest Park
Zhangjiajie is really beautiful, worthy of being the first and No.1 national forest park in China. It is really a 5A scenic spot, all the scenery completely beyond the expectation, and the kind of beauty that can't be seen in pictures. Today's route start from Biaozhi Gate- by environmental protection car - Bailong Ladder - Avatar shooting location Yuanjiajie suspension mountain - The world's first bridge - Yangjiajie natural Great Wall - Tianzi Mountain - Tianzi Pavilion - Tianzi Mountain cableway down. All the ropeways are well worth the experience, and you can experience the spectacular experience both on foot and by car!
Dinner we try the traditional local dishes “Sanxiaguo”,Great taste!
Our hotel names “Liujia”,the hotel terrace is great as if in a European country 🌞
Admission: 200 RMB
100 Dragon Ladder: 65RMB
Tianzi Mountain Ropeway: 72RMB
My winter wonderland vacation, January 2020 at Zhangjiajie.
My partner and I went over the Spring Festival break so we assumed it would be crowded. However, it was the opposite! We stayed near the park and the area was so quiet it felt like a ghost town. Many restaurants were closed but we still managed to get food from the locals by the hostels. After 1 day, they announced that no one could purchase tickets due to Coronavirus, but luckily we had already purchased tickets, although we did not get to go to Heaven’s Gate.
We were very lucky to have experienced the park with no crowds. It felt like we were the only ones on the mountain. There was mist and didn’t get to see the view hiking up the mountain, but it gave a mystical feel🙌🏽. We only realized how high we were taking the cable car down and it was an amazing but scary view! We were also greeted by McDonald’s on top of the mountain! The few raindrops and snow was absolutely beautiful and refreshing. Perhaps less people go during this time due to the weather, but I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a Winter Wonderland experience❄️
I get the C ticket and it's pretty cool as well. Although the C ticket has a short duration (minimum of 5 minutes) of cable car trip but you don't get to go all the way down to see the heavens gate and then to go all the way up to catch your cable car (A or B ticket). When you take A and B ticket, you don't need to take a bus to your cable Car, your cable car is right at the ticket station and it will take you directly to the mountain, it has a long ride cable car than C. each ticket has it's different advantages. if you want A and B ticket you should get it one day in advance. Not to forget to mention that these cable cars ride are claimed to be the longest ride in the world. There's three short glass bridge and each cost 5 yuan. The place is full of nature and beautiful view. There's a lot of hotels close by that allow foreigners to stay in and they are also quite cheap (about 130 yuan). You need to get enough sleep if you have to hike this mountain otherwise you will faint on the way. there are 999 steps to the heavens gate if you have C ticket.
overall it's really worth a visit. It's my first time to visit and was so amazed, probably wanna come back next time.
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On the edge of Hunan province lies a quaint little town, mysterious both in look and nature. Fenghuang Ancient Town (also know as Phoenix Ancient Town) seems to hold an air of intrigue and elegance as you wander through its alleys. While a lot has transformed to cater to tourist, the view is still one that will stay with us for years to come.⠀
In this little town, with a history spanning 1,300 years, Tuo Jiang River is a prominent feature for locals, who we saw either washing clothes, drifting on boats or catching fish. ⠀
Set against the stunning backdrop of houses built on wooden stilts, the Tuo Jiang River is a source of life for those living in Fenghuang Ancient Town. It stretches from northwest to southeast of the town, and often sees many a riverboat floating idly by as fishermen make their way to and from a long day at work.⠀
📍Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan Province, China⠀
Have you ever watched the movie Avatar? Based on James Cameron the floating Hallelujah Mountains were inspired in real place it’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park! The place is so magical that you can wonder how on earth did this rock formation forms. Specially when the mountain and trees are covered with snow. This one is LUCKY SHOT also because on this time we are heading back home early in the morning. We are in the taxi going the train station then we saw the mountains covered with snow! the most special one!
I’ll be back!
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Our spirit animal; a cheeky monkey spotted in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park - Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In Northern Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie is said to be the inspiration for the landscape seen in James Cameron’s “Avatar”, and it’s easy to see why he felt so inspired by thousands of cliff mountains!
📍Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China⠀