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Zhangjiajie is a hot property for people in the universe because it holds the prototype of the floating “Hallelujah Mountain” in the blockbuster “Avatar” directed by Mr. James Cameron. And housing the first national forest park - Wulingyuan National Forest Park (usually known as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park) at Wulingyuan, it is widely added into the bucket list of visitors home and abroad to witness its incredible natural wonders. Since this destination is relatively large, many people plan their trip to Zhangjiajie more than one day. So, where to stay in Zhangjiajie during your trip? That depends on how long you will spend in the city and which places you want to visit. Here, you will have a clear understanding of the 4 best places to stay according to your itinerary arrangement and recommend some popular accommodations to meet your needs of hotel facilities and services! Please check at below!
Although Zhangjiajie is not as vast as other major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, etc. in China, it still has many places with a lot of accommodations of different levels. And among them all, there are four best places to stay based on our experience and the review of many customers, namely, Wulingyuan Town, places near ticket stations of Zhanggjiajie National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie downtown, and Fenghuang Ancient Town (if you plan an extensional trip there). Please check the advantages and disadvantages of each one to help with your Zhangjiajie trip planning!
Map of 4 Best Places to Stay in Zhangjiajie
Wulingyuan Town in Wulingyuan District enjoys an unbeatable situation surrounded by the most core scenic areas in Zhangjiajie, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Baofeng Lake, Yellow Dragon Cave, etc. and nearby Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (where you will find the world longest and highest glass bridge), and more, with a very short driving distance within 10 minutes to most of those sites. Since Zhangjiajie City Center, airport, railway station, and main coach station are a little far from the main sites, most visitors planning to visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and surrounding arrange their accommodation at Wulingyuan Town. Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Bus Terminal within the town is also beneficial for your less energy paying. Besides, it is very close to Wujiayu Ticket Station (East Gate), the major gate of Zhangjiajie Forest Park to save your time on the road, with about 10 minutes by car. For the convenient choice and stay, there offer a large number of hotels from 5 star (including international brands) to 3 star and also many hostels and inns to meet your needs.
Close to: Wujiayu Ticket Station, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Baofeng Lake, Yellow Dragon Cave, Charming Xiangxi Show, Wulingyuan Bus Terminal, etc.
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To stay close to Zhangjiajie Forest Park, you also have other two top good places outside of the ticket stations under the foot of the beautiful mountains of the park, which are Luoguta Ticket Station (also known as Forest Park Ticket Station; South Gate) and Zimugang Ticket Station (Southeast Gate). The South Gate is very convenient to explore the national forest park starting from Huangshi Village (Huangshizhai) and Golden Whip Stream at the south part of the scenic area. While, the Southeast Gate offers good connection to help you visit Four Streams Crossroad and the whole Yuanjiajie including Bailong Elevator first. There are multiple comfortable and budget hotels and hostels, however, which may be not luxury or very convenient compared to those in Wulingyuan downtown.
Close to: Huangshi Village and Golden Whip Stream, Four Streams Crossroad, Yuanjiajie, Wulingyuan National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Baofeng Lake, Yellow Dragon Cave, etc.
Recommended Accommodations near Zimugang Ticket Station:
Recommended Accommodations near Forest Park Ticket Station:
Popular Tour to Enjoy Yuanjiajie, Yellow Stone Village Highlights:
Zhangjiajie downtown area is perfect for visitors who want to explore Tianmen Mountain, because the starting point of the famous Tianmen Mountain cable car, longest cable way in the whole Asia, is at the junction of Dayong Road and Yinbin Road in the city center.
Furthermore, for visitors who arrive in Zhangjiajie by late flight or train, you are also recommended to stay in the downtown to have a good rest for the fresh travel from the following day, and also is great if you have an early leaving schedule to end your trip to Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie city downtown area is not very big, however, there offers a rich array of luxury hotels, comfort hotels, budget hotels and many other good boutique hotels and hostels.
Close to: Start point of Tianmen Mountain Cable Car, Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport, Zhangjiajie Railway Station, Zhangjiajie Central Bus Terminal, Tianmen Fox Fairy Show, Dayongfucheng, Tujia Ethnic Park, etc.
Recommended Zhangjiajie Downtown Accommodations:
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Popular Zhangjiajie Tour to Enjoy Tianmen Mountain:
In fact, a large portion of travelers to Zhangjiajie extend their trip to Fenghuang Ancient Town within Western Hunan Province to admire the antique flavor of tilted wooden houses along the river, beautiful ethnic culture of Tujia people and the famous old city. To visit this popular site, you are recommended to have at least 1 night staying there to enjoy the night view and slow life to escape from the bustling metropolis. And within the ancient town, diverse boutique hotels, hostels and inns can be found very easily, however, that can not be matched to those comfort and luxury hotels in city. And if you are seeking for a better staying experience, you can arrange your accommodation outside of Fenghuang Ancient Town Scenic Area, where provide more better starred hotels from 5 star to 3 star.
Recommended Accommodations Within Fenghuang Ancient Town:
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Popular Tour to Enjoy Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Ancient Town:
You may think about where to stay inside of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. BUT, due to the protection policy of environment of the scenic area from the government, there is no accommodation available inside the whole Wulingyuan National Forest Park Scenic Area. However, visitors can stay near the ticket stations outside of the scenic area to save time.
As main attractions and Zhangjiajie downtown area are located with some long distances, you need to arrange where to stay according to how many day of your Zhangjiajie trip is and which attractions you want to visit.
People usually arrange 3-5 days in Zhangjiajie to discover Wulingyuan National Forest Park and more attractions.
For the first day, we suggest you spare for your arrival. If you arrive there late in the afternoon, you are suggested stay in the downtown area.
If you arrive early and want to discover the core area of Wulingyuan Scenic Area first, you can arrange your accommodation at Wulingyuan Town or the area near Forest Park Ticket Station (South Gate) and Zimugang Ticket Station (Southeast Gate). And the following days, you can explore the forest park, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Baofeng Lake, Yellow Dragon Cave, etc.
Tianmen Mountain or Zhangjiajie Leaving:
After enjoyment of the whole Wulingyuan, you are advised to stay in Zhangjiajie downtown if you are planning to discover Tianmen Mountain or leave Zhangjiajie on the next day.
Extend to Fenghuang Ancient Town:
For people who are going to enjoy some peaceful time to Fenghuang Ancient Town with 1-2 days, you can arrange your hotel in or just outside the tourist area after you arriving.
Zhangjiajie is relatively a smaller city, compared to Beijing and Shanghai. Hotels rated as 5 star or 4 star actually may not meet the international standard of those in developed metropolis. However, many hotels have been operated for many years and receive good reviews from various global travelers to Zhangjiajie with their best provide of facilities and services, and some top international brands cultivate staff speaking English, which can also help with your comfortable and relaxing stay in the scenic Zhangjiajie City.
Zhangjiajie is an incredible place with absolutely beautiful landscape under heaven. Travelers usually spend 3 to 5 days in and around Zhangjiajie. There is no doubt that Wulingyuan National Forest Park is the highlight of all the stunning attractions which needs to spend 2 days inside. If you have one more day, you should add Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge Experience or Tianmen Mountain into the trip. Some travelers choose to visit Yellow Dragon Cave or Baofeng Lake for one day.
If you want to enjoy the antique beauty of ancient town, Fenghuang Ancient Town is the best choice for one to two days' escape. And, you can also consider of Fanjingshan Mountain to see the mushroom stone and odd mountains.
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