5 Days Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountains Photography Tour

Real Avatar World - Surreal Zhangjiajie


“Enjoy beautiful waterscape in Jiuzhaigou, while enjoy the miraculous mountains in Zhangjiajie”. Zhangjiajie is the “World Geological Park” located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province. It is known as the “Number-One Miraculous Mountain in the World” and “The Original Manuscript of Chinese Landscape Painting”.

This Zhangjiajie photography tour is designed for photo lovers to view Zhangjiajie’s natural wonders and cultural relics and take many splendid photographs. With a camera, you’ll capture the peerless scenery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the great sunrises over the Grand Sightseeing Platform, the pillar-like formations and the floating rocks, Tujia ethnic minority customs, dance, lifestyle and more.

This Zhangjiajie photography tour can be customized depending on what photos you want to take, and on the weather condition when you go. Feel free to tell your interests and ideas to your personal travel consultants!

Basic Photography Info

Travel Route: Zhangjiajie

Travel Length: 5 Days

Tour Code: CD-PTZJJ-05

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: You Choose (you may plan it according to the best season and time.)

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Zhangjiajie Arrival

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Welcome to Zhangjiajie! Upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the airport or train station who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel in the Zhangjiajie downtown. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this beautiful city.

Arrival ideas:

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. while 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.

Zhangjiajie Airport
Day 2 Zhangjiajie (B)

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After breakfast, you’ll capture the most beautiful scenery in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. First, take cable car to Huangshi Village which is 1080m above the sea level. It is the biggest sightseeing platform, providing numerous lookout points for stunning views. From here, photographers could shoot nearly half of the odd-shaped peaks of Zhangjiajie. A saying goes “He who does not reach Huangshi Village does not pay a true visit to Zhangjiaije”.

Later, shoot and explore the famous Golden Whip Brook which covers a distance of 7.5 km, winding across mountains and valleys. 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.

Stay overnight at Wulingyuan.

Huangshi Village
Day 3 Zhangjiajie (B)

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In the morning, you'll first take Bailong elevator up to explore the Real Padora World - Yuanjiajie. Yuanjiajie is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie AVATAR. Shoot the original of Hallelujah Mountain in the film of AVATAR, the First Bridge under the Heaven, stand on the Bridge Viewing Terrace to shoot the First Bridge under Heaven, and shoot other amazing lesser peaks and grotesque rocks stand in the valley.)

Then, take sightseeing bus to the lower cable station of Yangjiajie and take cable car up to Yangjiajie. Yangjiajie is a relatively newer part of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park as beautiful as Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountian. Shoot the main attractions such as Tianbo Mansion, Oolong Village, Natural Great Wall, Corridor the Cliffs, and capture sunset in One Step Under the Heaven.

Later, transfer back to Wulingyuan for accommodation.

Zhangjiajie National Park
Day 4 Zhangjiajie (B)

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On this day, you'll go to Tianzi Mountain where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter. (Highlights for Photography: Tianzi Mountain is the highest place that photographers could capture the panoramic view of Wulingyuan Scenic Area.)

In the afternoon, walk to Laowuchang which is more pristine than the other parts of the park. Shoot the most interesting sight - Fields in the Sky, terraced rice paddies on the top of the peaks. Also, capture the magnificent view of Supernatural Army Gathering.

After the exciting tour, you'll transfer to Zhangjiajie downtown and stay overnight there.

Tianzi Mountain
Day 5 Zhangjiajie Departure (B)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. On this day, you’ll first take a trip to Tianmen Mountain. Referred to as the “Soul of culture and spirit of Zhangjiajie”, Tianmen Mountain, standing 1,500 meters above sea level, boasts miraculous and unique geographic landform, unparalleled natural landscape, profound cultural connotations.

Experience the longest cableway in Asia with a length of 7200 meters, take photos of Avenue toward Heaven with 99 turns from cable car. On the top of Tianmen Mountain, enjoy the Cliff-Hanging Walkway and avoid the crowds to take some photos; hold your breath and experience the thrilling Glass Sky Walk. Then, visit the natural mountain-penetrating Karst cave - Tianmen Cave. The foot of the cave is wonderful photo opportunity with the hole in the mountain as the background. It is worth waiting for the sunlight to shine through the hole with mist or smoke illuminating the way.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you the airport or railway station to catch the train to your next destination. Service ends!

Tianmen Mountain National Park
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Zhangjiajie Photography Guide

The Avatar World Zhangjiajie is truly a surreal world. It is a land of sandstone pillars powering above mist-shrouded ravines, pristine waters gently flowing under dense forests, rapid thundering, birds singing and animals leaping. The scenic spots in Zhangjiajie are a lot. The best places to capture the finest scenery are Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain, Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, and Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

Best Sites / Locations to Shoot

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

I should use “majestic, tranquil, delicate wild” to describe Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It has the exquisite forests, odd-shaped peaks and rocks, beautiful canyons, the limestone caves...The famous scenic spots that photographers should not miss are Huangshi Village (Yellow Stone Village) and Golden Whip Brook.

Huangshi Village is a mesa which is 1080m above the sea level, providing the largest collection of marvelous spectacles in Zhangjiajie. It is good to photograph the panoramic view of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There is a saying “He who does not reach Huangshi Village does not pay a true visit to Zhangjiajie”. Golden Whip Brook covers a distance of 7.5 km, winding across mountains and valleys. Photographers could enjoy the pristine water, the verdant mountains, steep cliffs and serene valley. And also they could shoot the magnificent peaks from different angles.

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Tianzi Mountain

Tianzi Mountain is at altitude of 1260 meters, providing stunning views of peaks which rise one after another. At the top of the mountain, travelers could capture the panoramic view of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Among all the scenic spots of Tianzi Mountain, the favored spots by photographers are the Imperial Writing Brush Peak (Yu Bi Peak), Fairy Maid Scattering Flowers (Xian Nv San Hua), the Mid-Air Farmers’ Cottage (Kong Zhong Hua Yuan), Nod-to-the-General Platform (Dian Jiang Tai), etc.

There are 84 viewing platforms. Photographers could catch the best chance to capture the four wonders: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in Winter. The day after the rain is the best time to photograph the sunrise and the sea of cloud. And the best place is Tianzi Mountain Upper Cable Station.


The famous Yuanjiajie lies between Huangshi Village and Tianzi Mountain. It is the shooting place for the movie “AVATAR”. Many amazing lesser peaks and grotesque rocks stand in the valley and possesses its own peculiar shape. Photographers could take gorgeous pictures of the First Bridge under the Heaven, Hallelujah Mountain and more sites.

The First Bridge under the Heaven is the natural stone bridge stretching across thin air between two mountain peaks. It is the highest natural bridge in the world. Hallelujah Mountain, called South Pillar of Heaven, is a single, very imposing peak standing erect, seemingly reaching to the sky. It is the Hallelujah Mountain appeared in the film “Avatar”.

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Yuanjiajie is a pristine area with all the features of Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain. It is the new area good for photography. This scenic area has unique peaks, cliffs, as well as clear streams and brooks and waterfalls. Photographers could shoot Tianbo Manshion, Oolong Village, Corridor the Cliffs, Natural Great Wall and capture the awesome sunset in One Step Under the Heaven.


Laowuchang is more pristine than the other parts of the park with many odd-shaped peaks. Photographers could walk and shoot Fields in the Sky - terraced rice paddies on the top of the peaks, and Supernatural Army Gathering , about 100 peaks standing in the valley orderly, Couple Waterfalls and some other sights.

Zhangjiajie Photography Tour

Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park

Tianmen Mountain is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie. Many Chinese people believe that the Tianmen Mountain is the “Closest Earth Landmark to God”. It is visible anywhere in Zhangjiajie city. Tianmen Mountain features Tianmen Cave, a prominent keyhole cut through the mountainside. It is good to take the longest cable car to get atop Tianmen Mountain which takes half an hour. Photographers could shoot the Avenue toward Heaven with 99 turns while on cable car. Once at the top, glass plank road a short walk from the upper cable station (about 60 meters) will test your belief in human engineering. Visit Tianmen Mountain Temple and Tianmen Mountain Academy and more cultural sights on the top of the mountain.

Zhangjiajie Photography Tour

Best Season for Photography

Different season has different subject to shoot in Zhangjiajie. It is good to come all the year around. In spring, all the flowers on mountains blossom and mountains are luxuriantly green. At this time, it has heavy fog and abundant rain and it is good to capture the sea of cloud like Chinese painting. In summer, it rains a lot in June and July. Zhangjiajie becomes more beautiful after rain and you can enjoy the cloud and fog spectacle. Photographers could catch the autumn scenery at Imperial Writing Brush Peak (Yu Bi Peak), Fairy Maid Scattering Flowers (Xian Nv San Hua) in Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area. Winter is the best time to capture the snow-capped mountains and peaks. The sea of cloud appears in a sunny day around 08:00-10:00.

Tips from Our Experts

1. Sea of Cloud Photography

The sea of cloud appear in the early morning and late afternoon after the rain. It makes Zhangjiajie more mysterious, misty, elegant, grotesque.

2. Sunrise & Sunset

The Grand Sightseeing Platform is the best place to capture sunrise around 06:00. The best place to enjoy sunset is at One Step to the Heaven in Yangjiajie. The chances to catch the sunrise and sunset are limited.

3. What to Pack

To capture the panoramic view of mountains and peaks, it is good to use wide angle lens. To shoot the mountains and trees far away, it good to use telephoto lens. For it is sometimes rainy in Zhangjiajie, it is better to wear sport shoes and bring an umbrella with you. Also, an overcoat is necessary when get into the national park.

4. Transportation Info

Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport has flights between Zhangjiajie and other 20 major cities in China like Changsha, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou and more. There is a railway station, namely Zhangjiajie Railway Station connecting Zhangjiajie with other cities. It is popular to take a Yangtze River cruise before of after Zhangjiajie travel for the train connected Zhangjiajie and Yichang very well.

5. Accommodation advice

Choices are a lot to stay in Zhangjiajie. Travelers could live in Zhangjiajie downtown, or stay in Wulingyuan. No matter in downtown or Wulingyuan, there are lots of options from 5-star luxury hotels to 3-star budget ones. They will meet your needs accordingly.

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