Zhangjiajie Travel

Zhangjiajie Travel Guide 2019

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.

Why visit Zhangjiajie:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - The main draw in Zhangjiajie is Wulingyuan Scenic Area which was listed as World Heritage Site in 1992. It includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain, Suoxiyu and Yangjiajie with hundreds of grotesque peaks beautiful waters, towering trees, deep valleys, marvelous caves and flourishing forests…
  • The Inspiration for AVATAR - Zhangjiajie is a surreal world. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park’s karst peaks inspired Pandora’s Hallelujah Mountain in the movie AVATAR. It is true that Zhangjiajie is “an enlarged potted painting”, “a miniature of fairyland”, “a maze of nature” with the characteristics of quietness, wildness, mystery, beauty and elegance.
  • Ethnic Minority Culture - There are three main ethnic minorities in Zhangjiajie, including Tujia, Bai, Miao ethnic groups. Travelers can meet Tujia people and experience their special culture in Zhangjiajie city and even in Wulingyuan scenic area. Extending to Fenghuang Ancient Town, you can feel charm of Miao ethnic group.

Top Attractions

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.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

It is the first national forest park in China, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The inspiration for the movie AVATAR.

Tianmen Mountain
Tianmen Mountain

The symbol and spirit of Zhangjiajie. Try the longest cableway in the world, Glass Skywalk, Avenue towards Heaven and Tianmen Cave.


It is you can see the prototype of the floating "Hallelujah Mountain" in "Avatar" and enjoy the world fastest elevator to see diverse peculiar mountain pillars standing in misterious deep valley.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

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.

Baofeng Lake
Baofeng Lake

Located 35 km from Zhangjiajie City, Baofeng Lake, or Baofeng Hu, is a man-made alpine lake in Zhangjiaijie, which is a relaxing attraction.

Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave

Located 40 km from Zhangjiajie City, Yellow Dragon Cave, or Huanglong Cave, is a Karst cave in Zhangjiajie with millions of years' old.

Yongshun Laosicheng Tusi Site
Yongshun Laosicheng Tusi Site

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.

Weather & When to Go

Zhangjiajie Weather

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.


Zhangjiajie Airport Zhangjiajie Cableway

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

More Zhangjiajie Transportation

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Zhangjiajie Hotels

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.

Check more about Where to Stay in Zhangjiajie | Recommended Hotels in Zhangjiajie Downtown | Recommended Hotles in Wulingyuan | Recommended Hotels in Fenghuang

Useful Zhangjiajie Maps

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 2019 Updated Zhangjiajie Maps.

Zhangjiajie Attractions Map

Zhangjiajie Attraction Map

Map of Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Map of Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Map

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Map

Other Scenic Destinations in China

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Zhangjiajie Map

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)

Plan your Zhangjiajie Tour

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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