Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Zhangjiajie is in the northwestern part of Hunan Province in central China. The main draw is the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Here, traveling through countless cloud-kissing mountains, clear streams and leafy trees, you may easily blend with nature around, thus enhancing your love unconsciously. Want to explore the Avatar mountains with camera? Join us now!
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  • Tina
    Shenzhen, China2 contributions
    Avatar Mountains, here I come!
    It was a fantastic 4 days tour booked with Yellow Bird/Experience Tibet Travel Agency. Luki from Yellow Bird was in charge to organise it and also was very helpful with flight tickets booking. Our tour guide Jeffrey was very polite and humble man, who has shared with us interesting stories. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends, as Zhangjiajie is a hidden gem and Tianmen Mountains are gorgeous! Thank you very much for an unforgettable experience!🙏🏻🙏🏻
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • 1sabellayap
    2 contributions
    China Highlight
    Went during the latter part of National Holiday and was pleasantly surprised that there weren't that many people at all! Leading up to the trip we were being warned by people already that we might not be able to fully enjoy because of the sheer amount of people (think 人山人海) but when we got there it wasn't crowded at all! The National Park is beautiful but it's so big it can be overwhelming at times. There are free shuttles that can take you to different parts of the park which are very easy to find and run pretty regularly, we probably waited a maximum of 10 minutes for a shuttle. We entered through the east gate and took a (free) shuttle to the 10-mile gallery then took another shuttle to yuanjiajie. Ended the day at Tianzi mountain where we took a cable car down then another shuttle back to the east gate. We were able to see everything we wanted to in 1-day! As foreigners, we were worried tickets would sell out due to National Holiday but Kelly (zjjkelly on WeChat) helped us book all our tickets and suggested which routes in the National park to take. Highly recommend the national park and kelly's services!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Michael
    Beijing, China8 contributions
    The place we want to come back to
    We spend 5 days there (first rainy day was for a short rest) and advise all the visitors to plan at least 3 days for the national park. Because the weather changes every several hours and it is difficult to predict clouds on the top. One day we spend for the Avatar mountain and Golden stream. We do not use cablecars as the stairs up the hill were in an excellent condition. The reward was a beautiful world of monkeys and a wild forest we observed around. We did not use train service on the way back as it is very slow and there is a good path nearby (without stairs this way). The second day we spent to go through the Golden steam and Oxigen square and then went up to the Village near the cablecar upper station. We think that it is the most breathtaking place in the whole park. The third and fourth days we spent also on the top of mountains near the Oxigen square but many roads and stairs were closed (not under service for a long time or under repairmen). And sometimes we were forced to turn back, having almost gone down to the plain. These days the main accent was given to the Avatar Mountain. However there are many great places, not so famous but not less beautiful. Though much more difficulty to achieve them in the park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,145 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Entrance during busy season is 225 yuan and very much worth it. We took a Didi to the Southgate, entered to the Oxygen Square, took a short bus ride and went up the Huangshi Cable Car to the Golden Rock Village which was another 65 yuan. Very worth it and an intermediate hike down with some slippery steps. There is mist around the pillar mountains but you will get many good panoramic views up here! We would highly suggest the cable car up unless you want to murder your legs.

We took a break after the hike down at the Oxygen Square then hiked the Golden Whip Scenic Area trail which is a very easy 6 km walk alongside a stream it is quite cool in this area in July. This will get you to the Four Streams Crossroad where you can take a bus to the Baoling Elevator. Baoling Elevator is 65 yuan to get to the top and you can see the 48 peaks which inspired the floating mountains in the Avatar movie. We opted out of this as a friend told us the staircase down is very steep and slippery. The views from the bottom are pretty good too. We then took a bus to the magnificent east gate and Wulingyan Downtown. The East Gate is very busy with western food choices like Starbucks and KFC. From here you can take a Didi back to town for around 120 yuan or take a bus to the Zhangjiajie Bus Station for around 20 yuan.

We would recommend entering through the South Gate as it is less busy and touristy and gives you very immediate access to the scenery. The bus ride from the Baoling Elevator area to the east gate is about half an hour. Once inside the park the busses are free but you have to pay extra for cable cars and elevators. The price of food and drinks are fair in most areas but you might be able to negotiate a better price if the prices are not posted. Bathrooms are plentiful but toilet paper is not. Make sure you bring some!
Written July 26, 2020
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Ian Anderson
Shanghai, China159 contributions
Jul 2021
A must-see if you live in China! The iconic scenery is spectacular, possibly unique in terms of the scale. But make sure to avoid the holidays (we didn't!), although you can still get away from the crowds. Make sure to take at least two cable car rides, e.g. Tianzi Mountain, Yangjiajie. Best area is Huangshi Village as much quieter than more recently developed Yuanjiajie just to the North but with just as good views in my opinion. The "Jianbinshi"walk along the gorge river is idyllic. Avoid Shilihualan! And don't miss the ZJJ Grand Canyon (glass birdge etc) and Yellow Dragon Caves, both outside but quite close to the main Wuluyuan Scenic Area. The main park is - my view - struggling to cope with the mass tourism it attracts, which takes the edge off the visit but not too much. If you are foreign/don't speak Chinese, it may be worth hiring a guide to get the best out of your visit. It's quite confusing. You can buy a Wuluyuan Scenic Area entranc ticket (any gate) which lasts four days but they must be consecutive. This does NOT cover Grand Canyon/Yellow Dragon Cave
Written July 6, 2021
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Colincjr
Norfolk40 contributions
Sep 2019
Truly amazing experience. As westerners we were in a real minority. I think we saw about 20 others in four days. But the Chinese welcome and helpfulness made this experience even better.
There is only one tip I would give: hire a guide. We hired Chris Tan (tanjunxi@126.com). A wonderfully informative chap who knew just where to go and most importantly, when. He drove us around and we managed to avoid virtually all the queues. We saw the lot too! He was attentive to our food requirements too. We like Chinese food but he wanted to be sure that we didn’t get things we might not expect ...all that in an authentic restaurant.
His service extended to picking us up at the airport, dropping our daughter back there and giving us lifts after his guide services had ended. He made our trip very special. Add to that one of the best sightseeing experiences we have had (and we travel a lot!) and this is an unbeatable package at an affordable price...believe me ...it’s worth it!
Written August 22, 2020
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TJLaud
20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Unlike the Hollywood blockbuster the national park was a breathtaking spectacle well worth seeing. The sandstone monoliths have more character than any of the acting performances seen in Avatar and the local monkeys provide more nuanced dialogue.
If you see one film this year, pick anything other than Avatar. If you visit one national park, make it this one.
Written January 8, 2020
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Salsmix
Shanghai, China184 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
The landscape is just amazing. Park is quite big and can get very crowded with lots of loud Chinese tour groups. Would recommend to plan ahead where you want to go. If you want to beat the crowds, go as soon as the park opens (7.30AM in our case), take the elevator and you have the first 30 minutes in peace and quiet before the tour groups arrive. Cable cars are also very nice. We tried some walks outside of the most popular places which were not that great. Trails around the grand sightseeing platform are not maintained at all, would rather recommend hiking down from Tianzi mountain after taking cable car up.
Written March 22, 2021
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1sabellayap
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Went during the latter part of National Holiday and was pleasantly surprised that there weren't that many people at all! Leading up to the trip we were being warned by people already that we might not be able to fully enjoy because of the sheer amount of people (think 人山人海) but when we got there it wasn't crowded at all! The National Park is beautiful but it's so big it can be overwhelming at times. There are free shuttles that can take you to different parts of the park which are very easy to find and run pretty regularly, we probably waited a maximum of 10 minutes for a shuttle. We entered through the east gate and took a (free) shuttle to the 10-mile gallery then took another shuttle to yuanjiajie. Ended the day at Tianzi mountain where we took a cable car down then another shuttle back to the east gate. We were able to see everything we wanted to in 1-day! As foreigners, we were worried tickets would sell out due to National Holiday but Kelly (zjjkelly on WeChat) helped us book all our tickets and suggested which routes in the National park to take.

Highly recommend the national park and kelly's services!
Written October 9, 2023
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JPJKK
Warsaw, Poland25 contributions
Apr 2021
I am absolutely impressed with this place. I did a private three day tour that included Zhangjiajie National Park, Tianzi Mountain, Grand Canyon, Glass Bridge, Baofeng Lake and Tianmen Mountain, and all of it was perfect. Alisa and Kevin from China Highlights did a fantastic job, arranging everything smoothly. I highly recommend any international tourist or expat living in China to enquire with China Highlights - Alisa tour advisor.
Written April 12, 2021
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Ann L
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We took bullet train from Fenghuang to Zhangjiajie ( only takes 50 minuets), the first destination we visited is Zhangjiajie National Park, this park is really really huge, our guide told us that needed 3 to 4 full days to visit all attractions inside, we just chose to pay a visit to Yuanjiajie & Tianzi Mountain. How marvelous the nature scenery, numerous sandstone pillars are standing in front of us, looks like unreal. Bailong elevator is also gorgeous, less than 2 minuets it transfers us to the top of mountain.
This is our plan inside the park: take shuttle bus to Bailong elevator — Yuanjiajie — shuttle bus again to Tianzi Mountain — Cablecar down. Wechat green healthy code and mask are required when you enter the park.
Written January 25, 2022
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Michael
Beijing, China8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We spend 5 days there (first rainy day was for a short rest) and advise all the visitors to plan at least 3 days for the national park. Because the weather changes every several hours and it is difficult to predict clouds on the top. One day we spend for the Avatar mountain and Golden stream. We do not use cablecars as the stairs up the hill were in an excellent condition. The reward was a beautiful world of monkeys and a wild forest we observed around. We did not use train service on the way back as it is very slow and there is a good path nearby (without stairs this way). The second day we spent to go through the Golden steam and Oxigen square and then went up to the Village near the cablecar upper station. We think that it is the most breathtaking place in the whole park. The third and fourth days we spent also on the top of mountains near the Oxigen square but many roads and stairs were closed (not under service for a long time or under repairmen). And sometimes we were forced to turn back, having almost gone down to the plain. These days the main accent was given to the Avatar Mountain. However there are many great places, not so famous but not less beautiful. Though much more difficulty to achieve them in the park.
Written December 28, 2023
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PaulaHM
Somerset, UK116 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
A must see place when in China! We were lucky enough to visit on a sunny day in May. Stunning scenery. Used the tourist bus to get around. Monkeys can be a problem so remember not to hold any food in your hand nor get food out your bag when the monkeys are about. Put food inside a rucksack, don’t hold a carrier bag with food in it or the monkeys will rush up and grab it. All common sense really! Recommend a visit here.
Written May 25, 2020
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