Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

How to Plan a Zhangjiajie Tour?

If you want to travel in Zhangjiajie, and planning a Zhangjiajie trip, this detailed Zhangjiajie travel guide page will definitely tell you how to plan a Zhangjiajie tour, and to learn the key information about how to travel in Zhangjiajie.

Why to Visit Zhangjiajie?

Get Your Avatar Trip to Zhangjiajie before the movie "Avatar Ⅱ" being released.

You should be excited about visiting Zhangjiajie: It’s famous for the unique Avatar style mountains, nowhere else on our planet!

When to Visit Zhangjiajie?

The Best Time to Travel in Zhangjiajie

Actually it’s always a great time to travel Zhangjiajie in a year because it is a yearround destination to visit. Traveling Zhangjiajie in different seasons, you will have uniquely different yet beautiful experiences.

Generally, April to October is the best time. April to June is the rainy season with extensive fog, adding an enchanting atmosphere to the scenery. From September to October the autumn foliage becomes colorful.

Best Time To Travel Zhangjiajie in Spring

If you want to travel Zhangjiajie in Spring, it’s perfect to visit Zhangjiajie from Mid-march to Mid-April. The weather during this period is good, not too cold nor too hot; and the most important is that you don’t need to worry about the crowded people, there are few people travel in Zhangjiajie at that time.

Best Time To Travel Zhangjiajie in Summer

If you want to travel Zhangjiajie in Summer, it’s perfect to visit Zhangjiajie in June. The temperature is around 35 degrees, but it’s not very hot in the park, and you can do a rafting tour in Zhangjiajie. Not recommend to travel in July and August, it’s summer holiday for students, a little crowded.


Best Time To Travel Zhangjiajie in Autumn

If you want to travel Zhangjiajie in Autumn, it’s perfect to get a tour to Zhangjiajie in September or October to Mid-November. It’s an amazing golden world at that time in Zhangjiajie. One thing to note that October 1st–7th is the week of National Day, try to avoid those days.

Best Time To Travel Zhangjiajie in Winter

If you want to travel Zhangjiajie in Winter, it’s perfect to visit Zhangjiajie in December to January. The temperature is around -2 to 10 degrees, a little cold in deep winter, but it’s also a good time to explore the beautiful snowy Pandora world in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

How to Get to Zhangjiajie?

Go to Zhangjiajie By Flight

Zhangjiajie is connected by flight with some major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. You can also get to Zhangjiajie by train (5 hours) or flight (1 hour) from Changsha City, the capital city of Hunan Province, which can be conveniently used as a transfer place.

Go to Zhangjiajie By Train

You can get to Zhangjiajie by train (6 hours) or flight (1 hour) from Changsha City, the capital city of Hunan Province, which can be conveniently used as a transfer place. Direct trains to Zhangjiajie are also available from Yichang (5 hours), Guangzhou (13 hours), Shenzhen (18 hours), and Liuzhou (12 hours).

Go to Zhangjiajie from Hong Kong

There is no direct transportation between Hong Kong and Zhangjiajie. You can first go to Shenzhen and take the direct flight to Zhangjiajie (2 hours), or take the high-speed rail to Changsha (3 hours), then transfer train or bus to Zhangjiajie (5 hours). Another way is to go to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and take the direct flight to Zhangjiajie (2 hours).

What To Do in Zhangjiajie

Attractions & Activities in Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Being one of the tree parts of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first national park of China which was approved by the State Council in 1982. Located in the northwest of Wulingyuan District.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 am – 18:00 pm
  • Price: 248 Yuan/Person
  • Yellow Stone Village Cable Car: 65 Yuan/Person(Single Way)
  • Yangjiajie Cable Car: 76 Yuan/Person(Single Way)
  • Tianzi Mountain Cable Car: 76 Yuan/Person(Single Way)
  • Bailong Elevator: 72 Yuan/Person(Single Way)
  • Ten-mile Gallery Mini Train: 38 Yuan/Person(Single Way)

Related Day Tours of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park:
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Day Tour
Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountain & Glass Bridge Day Tour

Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie

Tianmen Mountain, is approved to be National Forest Park in 1992, has an elevation of 1518.6 meters. It is only 8 kilometers far from the downtown and is one of the most representative natural sceneries of Zhangjiajie.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 am – 16:30 pm
  • Price: 258 Yuan/Person
  • Mini Cable Car: 40 Yuan/Person
  • Glass Plank Road: 10 Yuan/Person

Related Day Tours of Tianmen Mountain:
Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie Day Tour

The Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge of Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with the Glass Bridge is new discovery outside Zhangjiajie National Park, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon situated in Sanguansi, Cili county Zhangjiajie city, 10 km east to Wulingyuan world natural heritage site.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 am – 18:00 pm
  • Price: 256 Yuan/Person(including the Glass Bridge)

Related Day Tours of the Canyon and Glass Bridge:
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge Day Tour

Baofeng Lake of Zhangjiajie

The Baofeng Lake Scenic Area is part of the larger Wulingyuan Scenic Area, one of the world’s natural heritages. It is situated at the back of Mount Baofeng, with an area of 274 hectares. The area comprises Baofeng Lake and Yingwo Stockaded Village. The natural beauty of the lake and the mountain complement the human culture and landscape.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 am – 17:00 pm
  • Price: 96 Yuan/Person

Yellow Dragon Cave of Zhangjiajie

Yellow Dragon Cavern is a typical Karst cave, consisting of an area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, underground streams, and caverns. So far, the discovered cave area is about 15 kilometers long and 140 meters high, and covers 48 hectares. The Cavern can be divided into two parts. One is the dry cave and the other is the water cave. In the Yellow Dragon Cavern are caves inside caves, and one cave may lead to many others. Sometimes there are also underground caves. Stalactites, stalagmites, stone blossoms, stone curtains, stone branches, stone canals, stone pearls, and stone macrospores can be seen in various places in the cavern, constituting a fantastic yet natural scene.

  • Opening Hours: 07:15 am – 17:00 pm
  • Price: 100 Yuan/Person

Fenghuang Ancient Town

Fenghuang Ancient Town, also called Phoenix Ancient Town, is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies prevail.

  • Opening Hours: 24 Hours
  • Price: Free

5 Days Tour Combined Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang

Tianmen Fox Fairy Show

It is the first natural set music, song and dance drama with high mountains and peaks as the background and a canyon as the stage in the world. The music, song and dance is performed at the canyon which runs from the front gate of the Tianmen Mountain Scenic Zone to the top of Tianmen Mountain.

  • Opening Hours: 20:15 pm – 21:50 pm
  • Normal Seat: 238 Yuan/Person
  • VIP Seat: 580 Yuan/Person
  • Super VIP Seat: 880 Yuan/Person

Charming Western Hunan Show

It is a large song and dance bonfire performance put on at the Charming West Hunan International Cultural Square in Zhangjiajie every evening. On the basis of maintaining the original customs and culture of West Hunan, the performance has upgraded the music of ethnic groups and perfectly combined the traditional ethnic arts and skills with the sound, light and electricity technologies for the modern stage.

  • Opening Hours: 19:30 pm – 21:00 pm | 21:00 pm – 22:30 pm
  • Normal Seat: 228 Yuan/Person
  • VIP Seat: 268 Yuan/Person
  • Super VIP Seat: 308 Yuan/Person

Mengdong River Rafting

Mengdong River is located 80 kilometers southeast of Zhangjiajie City, nestled among mountains, a remote canyon towering limestone cliffs, a beautiful river that’s ranked among the top ones in China. The whole floating distance of Mengdong River is 47 kilometers with the 17 kilometers most exciting upper stream drifting. It is reputed to be the world’s No. 1 spot for whitewater rafting.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 am – 17:00 pm (1st May – 30th Sep)
  • Price: 160 Yuan/Person

Mengdong River Rafting Day Tour

Transfer Services in Zhangjiajie

From Zhangjiajie Downtown to the Following Destinations (Single Way, Per Time)
DestinationDistanceBy Public BusBy Taxi
Tianmen Mountain3 km, 5 minutes2 Yuan/Person10 Yuan
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park30 km, 35 minutes15 Yuan/Person160 Yuan
Wulingyuan Town35 km, 40 minutes18 Yuan/Person180 Yuan
Baofeng Lake & Yellow Dragon Cave40 km, 50 minutes20 Yuan/Person200 Yuan
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon50 km, 1.5 hrsNo Direct Public Bus300 Yuan
Mengdong River Rafting85 km, 2 hrsNo Direct Public BusNo Taxi
Fenghuang Ancient Town300 km, 4 hrs80 Yuan/PersonNo Taxi
Private Transfer Service with Zhangjiajie Travel Club
VehicleWithin Zhangjiajie CityOut of Zhangjiajie City
4 Seats Car (1-3 passengers)500 Yuan/Day500 Yuan/Day + 5 Yuan/Km (Free for return Zhangjiajie)
7 – 11 Seats MVP (4-9 passengers)600 Yuan/Day600 Yuan/Day + 8 Yuan/Km (Free for return Zhangjiajie)
Over 18 Seats Tourism Bus (Over 10 passengers)700 Yuan/Day700 Yuan/Day + 10 Yuan/Km (Free for return Zhangjiajie)

Zhangjiajie Tour Guide Service

Chinese Tour Guide

300 Yuan/Day

Cantonese Tour Guide

300 Yuan/Day

Korean Tour Guide

400 Yuan/Day

English Tour Guide

500 Yuan/Day

Russian Tour Guide

600 Yuan/Day

Zhangjiajie Hotel Accommodation

Leisure 5 Star Hotel

500 – 900 Yuan/Room/Night

Deluxe 4 Star Hotel

400 – 600 Yuan/Room/Night

Economy 3 Star Hotel

200 – 300 Yuan/Room/Night

How Long to Stay in Zhangjiajie?

3 Days Zhangjiajie tour is an easy trip to explore Avatar Mountain and Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie. Also it’s quite suitable for company group or business travel as a weekend tour: Friday arrival, Sunday departure.

4 Days Zhangjiajie tour is enough to explore the main attractions of Zhangjiajie.

5 Days Zhangjiajie tour is good to explore deeper in Zhangjiajie.

6 Days Zhangjiajie tour is perfect to explore all the attractions of Zhangjiajie, and also you can get extra activities like a rafting tour or experience the local traditional farming life.

7 Days  Zhangjiajie tour is nice to get a combine tour of Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Ancient Town(about 4 hours driving from Zhangjiajie).