Things to Do in Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie, located in the northwest of Hunan Province, has the title of “World Geological Park”, “Number-One Miraculous Mountain in the world” and “The Original Manuscript of Chinese Landscape Painting".
When you come to Zhangjiajie, the surreal world, you’ll not only enjoy magnificent natural scenery but also the appealing folk custom and hospitality of local people as well as other thrilling tourist activities...
All the top attractions and featured activities will make you an exciting, joyful and unforgettable Zhangjiajie trip!
- Top Attractions
- Featured Activities
No.1: Wulingyuan Scenic Area
Type: Forests, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Sites: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve
This 391-square-km Wulingyuan Scenic Area is a karst landscape of enormous beauty, with rocky pinnacles rising from a coverlet of dense subtropical vegetation. Wulingyuan covers three natural reserves: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tainzi Mountain and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve.
Wulingyuan contains over 500 species of trees including the dawn redwood. It is also a heaven for fauna, including giant salamanders, rhesus monkeys, and a wide variety of birds. The area is often cloaked in fog, adding atmosphere but obscuring most views.
Type: Forests, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Sites: Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Stream, Yuanjiajie
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, located 32 kilometers from Zhangjiajie city, is the first state-level forest park in China. The worlds such as majestic, eccentric, tranquil, delicate and wild could hard to describe it. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is known for its exquisite forests, odd-shaped peaks and rocks, the beautiful canyons, the limestone caves, and the breath-taking panoramic views. It consists of several main tourist routes: Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Stream, Yuanjiajie, Yaozi Village, Pipa Stream and so on.
Huangshi Village: It is the biggest sightseeing platform in the national park. A saying goes “He who does not reach Huangshi Village does not pay a true visit to Zhangjiajie.” If you have enough time, watch the marvelous sunrise here.
Golden Whip Stream: It is famous for its pristine water, its verdant mountains, its steep cliffs and its serene valley. As a veritable "paradise" for plants, its pathways are adorned by an abundance of flowers, trees, and grasses.
No.3: Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve
Type: Mountains, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Wulingyuan. There are four wonders: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter. Reaching the top of the mountain, you could see the whole and complete majestic views of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. These Avatar Mountains give a feeling that you are in the movie.
Tianzi Mountain is not only known for its spectacular scene, but also for the beautiful history. It is named after the farmer Xiang Dakun of the Tujia ethnic group, who led successful local farmers’ revolt during the last years of the Southern Song Dynasty and called himself “Tianzi”. There are many sites about his story like the Yu Bi Peaks, the Xian Nv San Hua, and the Shen Bing Ju Hui.
No.4: Suoxiyu Nature Reserve
Type: Forests, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Geologic Formations
Sites: Yellow Dragon Cave, Baofeng Lake
Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave, also Huanglong Cave , is the underground-lost palace which praised as the most beautiful cave in the world by UNESCO Experts. With an area of 100,000 square meters, length of 7.6 kilometers, height of 140 meters, two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and 10,000 stalagmites and stalactites, it is a huge limestone cave. The Magic Needle and Chair of Dragon King are famous sights in the cave.
Named Water Paradise, Baofeng Lake is typical scenery of Wulingyuan. Grotesque green peaks turn around clean water and water turn around peaks. There are two elegant small islands in the lake. Taking a boat in the lake is the wonderful experience where you could encounter the One Line Gorge, Hawk Nest Village, Guanyin Temple and Baofeng Waterfall.
No.5: Tianmen Mountain
Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
Referred to as the “Soul of Zhangjiajie”, Tianmen Mountain, standing 1,500 meters above sea level, boasts a primitive forest, numerous rare tree species, medicinal herbs and an abundance of fauna.
The spectacular wonder of nature to admire in Tianmen Mountain:
1) Tianmen Cave: a natural water-eroded cave with the highest elevation in the world.
2) Cable car: as the cable car goes up with the steep cable it's beautiful to shout and have the happiest moments;
3) An aerial view of road;
4) Glass Walk: from the 3-km glass walk, you can actually see down through glass as you walk feels spectacular and scary;
5) Hanging bridge…these all the awesome attractions must visit at least once in life.
No.6: Tujia Folk Customs Park
Type: Minority, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Tujia Folk Custom Park is a large-scale cultural tourist attraction which is mainly built to demonstrate Tujia people’s folk custom. In this area of 5 hectares, you could see various aspects of Tujia folk customs such as architecture, food, agriculture, military art etc. The buildings here are constructed with wood and stone with the characteristics of carved girder and painted columns, upturned eaves. Besides, there are several performances such as the bridal weeping and folk singing to see, helping you get to know more Tujia culture and customs.
Type: Historic Sites
Recommended Length of Visit: half day
Located near the Tuojiang River, Fenghuang Ancient Town is praised as the most beautiful tiny city in China. Hemmed in by rolling mountains and watered by a smoothly flowing river, flagstone streets, rows of traditional wooden houses built on stilts, towers, bridges everywhere, small boats rowed down the river, that's a portrait of Fenghuang Ancient Town.
Besides the beautiful scenery, Fenghuang Ancient Town is also a famous historic and cultural city and home to minority groups (Tujia & Miao). A visit to Fenghuang Ancient Town will give you an idea of what life was like years ago. Highlights in the ancient city are: Miaozhai, the bonfire party, the Southern Great Wall, the natural wonders Qiliang Dong, the Simon Gorge rafting. This ancient city has been waiting for you for a thousand years. What are you waiting for?
No.8: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
Type: Canyons, Nature & Park, Mountains, Natural Sightseeing
Recommended Length of Visit: 2-4 hours
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is very popular for its world highest and largest glass bridge of 430 m long and about 400 m high above the valley. This great construction has gained more than 10 prizes and has been regarded as one of the "12 Most Spectacular Bridges in the World" by CNN, so you can go to walk on the transparent glass bridge to get the excitment and appreciate the full view of verdant trees and running waters below. Besides, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon enjoys extremely beautiful sightseeing of waterfalls, streams, flowers, skyway, etc. You can enjoy the every second in this wonderland and have a risk on the record-breaking glass bridge simultaneously.
Recommended Zhangjiajie Tours
Top 3 Zhangjiajie tours chosen by most customers to explore Zhangjiajie in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
- 3 Days Zhangjiajie Natural Beauty Tour
- 4 Days Zhangjiajie Discovery Tour (Route B)
- 5 Days Classic Zhangjiajie & Fenghuang Tour
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