6 Days Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang and Changsha Tour

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It is really a wonderful trip to visit Zhangjiajie together with Fenghuang Ancient Town and Changsha!! And this 6-day tour will take you to travel to those three favored places and more, let you enjoy the top highlights for a great enjoyment of the nature, ethnic minority, culture, history and so on in one go! You will discover the legendary beauty of Wulingyuan national forest park in Zhangjiajie, stroll along the quiet lanes at Fenghuang Old Town, watch very closely to the valuable cultural relics at Hunan Provincial Museum, and some meaningful hike up to the great ancient academy! Want to discover more kinds of highlights besides Zhangjiajie’s landscape, take this tour to go now!

Highlights of this tour

  • Stand on the biggest sightseeing platform to see the spectacular scenery of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park;
  • Spend one inspiring day to explore the four wonders and peculiar peaks at Tianzi Mountain and the appealing prototype of “Hallelujah Mountain” in the famous 3D movie Avatar;
  • Visit the profound one-thousand-year-old Yuelu Academy to savor the ancient Xiaoxiang Culture;
  • Admire the precious cultural relics of Mawangdui Tombs from Han Dynasty to analyze the historical culture about 1700 years ago;
  • Escape to Fenghuang Ancient Town for an interesting savory of Hunan ethnic minorities and featured stilted houses by the lovely river.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1,009
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Zhangjiajie / Fenghuang / Changsha
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-ZFC-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Zhangjiajie Arrival

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Welcome to Zhangjiajie! Upon your arrival, our local tour guide will meet you with a sign on which says your name at the arrival hall in the airport or train station. Then our guide and driver will transfer you directly to your hotel in Wulingyuan downtown in Zhangjiajie by our comfortable private car (non-smoking), and the guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this fabulous city in China.

Arrival Ideas: Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport 6 kilometers from city downtown serves flights between major domestic cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Qingdao, etc. and some international cities like Bangkok, Osaka, etc. Besides, you can also take a normal train to Zhangjiajie Railway Station from many destinations, like Changsha (4.5-5.5 hours), Yichang (4.5-5 hours), Tongren (about 7 hours), Wuhan (10 hours), Xian (15 hours), Shanghai (20 hours), Beijing (23 hours), and so on.

Evening Idea: Xibu Street at Wulingyuan downtown is popular for a leisure walk. You can stroll at the Tujia ethnic flavored shopping pedestrian street to taste local snacks, find interesting artifacts and enjoy the beautiful night view with colorful lights.

Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
Day 2 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (B, L)

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Today, after breakfast, you will be met by our guide and drive and then driven to start your exciting visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You will first take the cable car up to Huangshi Village to appreciate the wide forest park on its peaks. The village site has an altitude of 1080 meters, which is praised for its similar charm of pillar forest of Colorado in the USA. Enjoying the flat the wide visual environment, it is so far the largest natural viewing deck for visitors for a perfect admiration of its various rising stones and hills. Enjoy your fresh walk to visit the top famous sights including Star Picking Stand, Five Finger Peak, and so on, and find those looking like a book box, bridge piers, nestling couple, etc. from a distance. Take cable car to get down.

Later, change your angle to explore the famous Golden Whip Stream deep in the valley. This totally 7.5 kilometers long brook is one of the most beautiful places in the whole forest park area. Take an inspiring roam along the whispering pristine water on the paved path to immerse into tranquil wonderland with fresh air, colorful blooming flowers in different seasons, lush vegetation, etc. and be prepared to encounter with some wild monkeys.

After that, take a sightseeing bus to exit the park and be driven to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon for about 40 minutes. Now, its your bold moment to take the challenge and walk on the transparent Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to feel like walking on the clouds, which is the world longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge so far in the whole universe, with total length of 430 meters and height of 400 meters above the deep valley.

After the visiting, be driven for another 40 minutes back to your hotel in Wulingyuan. Have a good sleep!

About Zhangjiajie National Forest Park:

Located 32 kilometers from Zhangjiajie city, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park was the first national forest park in China, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It is also famous for the inspiration for the movie AVATAR, the Hallelujah Mountain. The park is known for its odd-shaped peaks and rocks, exquisite forests, tranquil water, beautiful canyons, limestone caves and breathtaking views. Different scenery presents in different seasons. In spring, all flowers on mountains blossom and mountains are luxuriantly green. In summer, the forests flourish and are strongly fragrant. In autumn, the mountain slowly turns yellow and red with a sense of poetry at this time. In winter, travelers can marvel at the evergreen trees among the snowy landscape.

Huangshi VillageWild Monkeys of Golden Whip StreamHuangshi Village Panoramic View
Day 3 Yuanjiajie - Tianzi Mountain (B, L)

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On this day, after breakfast, visit Wulingyuan to get more highlights. First take a sightseeing bus to experience Bailong Elevator, the fastest elevator and also the tallest outdoor elevator in the world. Enjoy the 1.5 minutes to be shot from the valley bottom up to the pillar peak. And then, hike amongst the multiple erupting stone columns at Yuanjiajie Scenic Area and open the mysterious “Pandora World”. During the exciting hike, get a good preparation to have an enviable look at the South Sky Pillar of around 150 meters high, the authentic prototype inspiring the “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain”; enjoy the best scenery at Enchanting Platform with tens and hundreds of beautiful stone peaks similar to a lot of nutritious bamboo shoots towering from the ground; also, closely watch the peculiar First Bridge of the World that is naturally made with an only 5-meter long stone platform linking the two peaks together to form the rare world wonder.

Then, take the sightseeing bus to visit Tianzi Mountain. Walk to He Long Park there, which is the best viewing deck to admire very closely the incredible and magnificent view of odd stone peaks standing one after another. Most appealing pictures of the four wonders of Tianzi Mountain are photographed there, including the mists and clouds, moonlight, rays of sunshine and winter snow. Also, step a little further to Tianzi Pavilion nearby to enjoy the marvelous view and terrific sightseeing of the Xihai Peak Forest from another angle of view. After that, take the cool Tianzi Mountain Cable Car down with groups of rockery hills passing by outside your glass window, and then take the sightseeing bus to exit Wulingyuan Park.

Tianzi Mountain Amazing SceneryAvatar Hallelujah Mountain at Yuanjiajie
Day 4 Zhangjiajie Yellow Dragon Cave & Drive to Fenghuang (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. The only stop in Zhangjiajie today is Yellow Dragon Cave (or Huanglong Cave) about 20 kilometers away. This typical Karst cave site is nationally famous and praised as the most beautiful cave in the world by UNESCO Experts. Within the 100,000 square meters’ wide area of 7.6 kilometers long and 140 meters high, approximate 10,000 outstanding stalactites and stalagmites of diverse shapes, and more underground rivers, waterfalls, pools, caverns, etc. are lit very wonderful to create an extremely gorgeous underground palace, like formed with precious jades and gems.

After the visiting, your guide and driver will escort to Fenghuang Ancient Town which is about 200 kilometers from Zhangjiajie, taking 3.5 hours for driving. Upon arrival, your guide will help you check in your hotel. When night falls, every old house lights up and the whole atmosphere becomes festive, colorful and amazing. Take a relaxing walk and appreciate the fabulous night view of this ancient town. 

Yellow Dragon Cave
Day 5 Fenghuang Ancient Town & Drive to Changsha (B, L)

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In this morning, you’ll have a nice tour in Fenghuang Ancient Town. With over 300 years’ history, it is located on the western edge of Hunan Province and next to Guizhou Province. Praised as the most beautiful tiny town in China, it sets an example of what villages were like before the start of modernization. In the town dozens of lanes are paved with stones that run between the wooden houses built on stilts. Generations of local people have stepped on the lanes and worn them down bit by bit.

Fenghuang Ancient Town offers a totally different day views which would really bring you back to ancient time. Have a slow walk and feel the calmness and zen of this beautiful place. Take a small boat ride on the Tuojiang River passing through the most essence part of the old town (from Beimen Pier to Longevity Palace) to imagine what life was going in the past. Visit Former Residence of Shen Congwen to listen to the beautifully novel of “Border Town” which is Shen Congwen's masterpiece for its brilliant portrayal of Chinese rural life before the Communist Revolution. Enjoy more memorable time to have a look at the landmark of the ancient town - Rainbow Bridge and explore East Gate TowerWanming Pagoda, etc.

In the afternoon, drive to Changsha City and stay overnight in Changsha.

Fenghuang Ancient TownFenghuang Ancient Town & Tuojiang River
Day 6 Changsha & Changsha Departure (B, L)

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After breakfast, you’ll have an enjoyable city tour in Changsha by visiting three spots: Hunan Provincial Museum, Orange Island Park, Mount Yuelu & Yuelu Academy.

First, take a visit to Hunan Provincial Museum, the largest history and art museum in Hunan Province. It has over 180,000 artifacts which feature the cultural relic excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Tombs of Han Dynasty, the bronze wares of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, cultural relics of Chu State, pottery and porcelain works from Various dynasties...Catch the chance to have a detailed look at the precious relics, like Silk Coat, the Colorful Painted Inner Coffin, Dahe Human Face Bronze Pot. From this museum, you can have a basic understanding of Chinese civilization along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River but also know the development of the civilization in Hunan Province as well as to appreciate the mysteries of Hunan culture.

Later, move to Orange Island Park. Also called Juzizhou, it is a place with the scenery of "snow on the river", one of the eight sceneries of ancient Xiaoxiang. When Mao Zedong was standing at Juzizhou, he threw such a question to the vast sky - "asking the vast land, who will determine the ups and downs". He changed the process of Chinese history and showed special preference to Juzizhou. Enjoy a wonderful stroll and visit the famous massive sculpture of the "Young" Mao.

The last stop today is Yuelu AcademyIt is one of the four major academies in ancient China, which situated at the foot of Yuelu Mountain. First built in 976, during the early Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), it is the “one-thousand-year-old-academy”. You could appreciate the humanities and social science and studies of Chinese ancient civilization of Hunan University, as well as Huxiang culture.

After the exciting tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or train station to catch the flight/train to your next destination or back home.

Orange BeachMount Yuelu

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