Why Should I Visit Huangshizhai

A saying goes "He who does not reach Huangshizhai does not pay a true visit to Zhangjiajie." Huangshizhai, or Huangshi Village, is also called Yellow Stone Village. This is the largest natural viewing deck of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Although it is called 'village', Huangshi Village is not a village but a mountain with precipices all around. Once you arrive at the top, you can walk along the loop road to appreciate the beauty of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Stone hills with various shapes are the biggest highlight. They are just like what they are named after, such as Five Finger Peak, Lovers' Peaks, Natural Murals, etc. With the elevation of over 1,200 meters, Huangshizhai is the best place to enjoy the fairyland-like seas of clouds and mist. Also, its perfect elevation gives it a perfect view of Sunrise. Furthermore, there are also lots of wild monkeys waiting for your visit!

Huangshizhai Various Shaped Stone Hills

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What to Explore at Huangshizhai

Various Shaped Stone Hills - the Highlight of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

On the top of Huangshizhai, you could overlook stone hills with various shapes, the biggest highlight of Zhangjiajie Forest Park. All of these peaks look the same as what they are named after. You could see Five Finger Peak, which just seems 5 fingers of human. Lovers Peaks just looks like a couple of lovers. The Natural Mural shows a cowboy going back to home. You need to give full play to your imagination, then you will find those figures hidden deeply in stones.

Seas of Clouds and Mist - a Fairyland Like World

Standing on the top of Huangshizhai, you could enjoy the charming beauty of fairyland. Because you will see the seas of clouds and mist among the mountains. The best time to view such a dream-like world is the sunny day after a rainy day and you can take beautiful photos of clouds and mist especially before sunrise.

Sunrise - the Best Angle to Enjoy

Apart from taking photos of clouds and mist, you can also shoot stunning sunrise from Huangshi Village. The most convenient and the best spot to view sunrise is the Star Picking Stand which has the elevation of 1,092 meters.

For detailed information about how to visit the sunrise from Huangshi Village, please feel free to contact our private consultant.

Wild Monkey - the Master of the 'Village'

As a part of the natural heritage - Wulingyuan scenic area, Huangshi Village has been well-preserved. Therefore, there are many wild animals living in the mountain. Wild monkey is one of them. These monkeys are smart enough, and remember not try to tease them, or you will be in trouble. They may also beg for a little food from you.

Five Finger Peak at Huangshizhai Five Finger Peak
Sunrise at Huangshizhai Sunrise

 

Best Ways to Visit Huangshizhai

Xiao Huan Zhai - Small Circle Suitable for Travellers Catching Time (The most popular one)

Length: About 3 km (1 km's walking and 2 km's cable car)
Visiting Time: About 50 min (30 min's walking and 20 min's cable car)
Route:Cable Car Station - Pavilion of Six Wonders - Star Picking Stand - Five Finger Peak - Fairy Presenting Flowers - Golden Turtle in Fog Sea - Monkey Marshal Assembling Soldiers - Cable Car Station
In this way, you will take cable car up and down the Huangshi Village, and walk along the small circle for enjoying scenery. Otherwise, you could also choose to hike up or/and down the mountain. The length and visiting time suggested above include the length and time you may need to return by cable car.

Da Huan Zhai - Large Circle Suitable for Travellers with Enough Time

Length: About 5.8km (3.8 km's walking and 2 km's cable car)
Visiting Time: About 2 h 10 min (1.5 h's walking and 20 min's cable car)
Route:Start from cable car station to all spots
In this way, you will take cable car up and down the Huangshi Village, and walk along the large circle for enjoying scenery. Otherwise, you could also choose to hike up or/and down the mountain. The length and visiting time suggested above include the length and time you may need to return by cable car.
Notice:
1. The length of the cable car for single way is about 1 km, and the time needed for it is about 10 min.
2. There are two ways for hiking up/down mountain. One is from Dayangba Square(大氧吧广场) to Star Picking Stand, another is from Dragon and Phoenix An (龙凤庵) to Golden Turtle in Fog Sea. Walking time for the former one is about 1h 20 min, and the later one is about 1 h 10 min.

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Huangshizhai Tourist Map Huangshizhai Tourist Map
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Seas of Clouds and Mist at Huangshizhai Seas of Clouds and Mist

 

Huangshizhai Tickets

The entrance fee for Huangshizhai is included in the ticket package of Wulingyuan Scenic Area which is ¥228 per ticket. The single way ticket of Huangshizhai cable car is ¥65, and the round trip ticket is ¥115.

Items Price Note
Ticket Package 1 ¥228 It includes core scenic spots of Wulingyuan Scenic Area.
Ticke Package 2 ¥290 It includes the single way ticket of Huangshizhai cable car.
Ticke Package 3 ¥340 It includes the round trip ticket of Huangshizhai cable car.
Wild Monkey at Huangshizhai Wild Monkey

 

How to Get to Huangshizhai

Huangshi Village is located at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park of Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City, and it is about 30 km from Zhangjjiajie City. You could take direct bus from Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to Forest Park Ticket Station. Then walk for about 5 min, and you will arrive at Yangba Square where you could take free battery car to the cable car station or hike up Huangshi Village. The driving distance between Zhangjiajie and its nearby attractions are as followings.

  • 30 km away from Zhangjiajie City (1 h 20 min's driving)
  • 25 km away from Yellow Dragon Cave (40 min's driving)
  • 20 km away from Suoxiyu (3 h 30 min's driving)
  • 40 km away from Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (1 h 30 min's driving)
  • 20 km away from Baofeng Lake (30 min's driving)
  • 8 km away from Yuanjiajie (1 h 30 min's driving)
  • 35 km away from Tianmen Mountain (1 h 30 min's driving)
  • 75 km away from Tianzi Mountain (2 h's driving)
Huangshizhai Location Map Huangshizhai Location Map
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Warm Tips for Huangshizhai Tour

Wearing: It is advised according to the temperature. You should also wear comfortable sports shoes, because you have to walk for long time in Wulingyuan. Check more about Zhangjiajie Weather & Clothing >>

Eating and Drinking: The foods sold in scenic area are always more expensive than in downtown area. Be prepared for this.

Warning: Don't try to tease wild monkeys in Wulingyuan scenic area or take photo with them, because you may be in trouble.

 

How to Plan a Huangshizhai Tour

Most travellers would like to start their Zhangjiajie tour from Huangshizhai. It is the first station of them to explore Wulingyuan Scenic Area. They may spend 3 to 5 days to visit this magnificent scenic area.

Generally, tourists arrive at Zhangjiajie at the first day, and then they will live near the scenic area. Then at the second day, they will go to Huangshizhai to overlook the spectacular scenery in the national park. After that, they will go to Golden Whip Brook which covers a distance of 7.5 km, winding across mountains and valleys. Then at the third day, explore Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain. The mountains of Yuanjiajie inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. You can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another at Tianzi Mountain.

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If you have 1 more day, then you could visit Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie downtown area, or Yellow Dragon Cave and Baofeng Lake near Suoxiyu, or Yellow Dragon Cave and Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Also, you could go all of them if you have 2 more days.

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