Zhangjiajie is located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province in China. Though it is a small city, Zhangjiajie is a perfect combination of the idyllic beauty of Guilin, the grotesqueness of Yellow Mountain, the peril of Mount Hua and the magnificence of Mount Tai.
There are two famous scenic areas located in the north and south of Zhangjiajie downtown area. One is Wulingyuan Scenic Area including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Golden Whip Stream, Huangshi Village, Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, etc. The other is Tianmen Mountain, the second National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie after Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Check the following attraction guide and know about the attractions deeply and know how to visit in each spot. For more attraction info, please read All Attractions in Zhangjiajie.
It is the first national forest park in China, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The inspiration for the movie AVATAR.
The symbol and spirit of Zhangjiajie. Try the longest cableway in the world, Glass Skywalk, Avenue towards Heaven and Tianmen Cave.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is so hot for the world highest and longest glass bridge among visitors, and you shall not miss the charming natural scenry.
Located 112 km from Zhangjiajie City, Laosicheng Tusi Site the largest, oldest and best preserved Tusi site in in the South Song Dynasties for nearly 600 years.
Zhangjiajie, located in the northwest of Hunan Province, belongs to subtropical humid monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. It’s neither cold in winter or hot in summer. The temperature rarely exceeds 37 °C or falls below 4 °C. The average annual temperature around 16 °C.
The scenery of Zhangjiajie varies from season to season. Travelers can enjoy different scenery in different seasons. In spring, the weather is pleasant with all the flowers on mountain blossom and mountains turn green. In summer, visit Zhangjiajie during summer time is cool. You can enjoy the cloud and fog spectacle in Tianmen Mountain, West Sea in Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In autumn, national parks and mountain turns yellow. If you visit during National Day between Oct.1-Oct.7, please make sure everything reserved beforehand. In winter, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park turns into a pure white world and all the mountains, trees and roads are covered by snow. It is suggested to visit during April to October for the most pleasant weather. To read more weather in Zhangjiajie, please read Zhangjiajie Climate, Weather & Season to Go.
Transfer to Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport is 6 km from downtown area. It has flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Qingdao and more destinations in China.
Zhangjiajie Railway Station is about 2 km from downtown area. Trains are connected Zhangjiajie with Changsha (6 hrs), Yichang (5 hrs), Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guangzhou, etc. Some travelers choose to transfer from Changsha and then get to Zhangjiajie by train. Some travelers prefer a Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang and then take train from Yichang to Zhangjiajie. It is not recommended take trains from Beijing or Shanghai to Zhangjiajie for the long hours on train. You’d better go by air instead.
Transfer within Zhangjiajie
From Zhangjiajie Bus Station, there are direct buses to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain, Suoxiyu. Many buses, like No. 4, 5, 6, 10, are available to reach Tianmen Mountain. There is no need to worry the transfer in the scenic area, sightseeing bus, cableway, escalator are provided. >> Read more about how to get to and around Zhangjiajie
There are many hotels and hostels offered in Zhangjiajie downtown area and in Wulingyuan area. For those who want to explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain or Suoxiyu, you’d better stay in Wulingyuan area for the convenient locations. In Wulingyuan, travelers can choose the 5-star Pullman Hotel. For those who want to visit Tianmen Mountain, you’d better stay in Zhangjiajie downtown area and you can choose the 5 star Zhangjiajie Sunshine Hotel. Moreover, you can choose other local 5-star to 3-star hotels. Feel free to tell us your likes and requirements and we can satisfy your needs.
To help you know Zhangjiajie and its tourist spots clearly, we have selected the detailed and overall Zhangjiajie maps for you. Please feel free to use them when planning your Zhangjiajie tour! For more maps. please check 2017 Updated Zhangjiajie Maps.
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Chinese Name: 张家界
Chinese Pinyin: zhāng jiā jiè
Area: 9,516 square kilometers
Population: 1.7 million
Language: Mandarin & Tujia Dialect
Tel Code: 0744
Zip Code: 427000
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
Usually, travelers spend 3-4 days exploring the essences of Zhangjiajie. They cover the must-sees Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain and choose one or two more sites to Tianmen Mountain, Yangjiajie, Baofeng Lake and Yellow Dragon Cave. For an extension tour, some travelers add one-day Fenghuang Ancient Town into their trip.
Besides, Changsha is always linked with Zhangjiaije for the convenient transfer. Some travelers would like to visit Zhangjiajie after Yangtze River cruise, Jiuzhaigou tour, etc. You can decide your destinations and our professional travel consultants are here ready to help you tailor make your China Zhangjiajie tour.
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