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How to Plan a Zhangjiajie Tour

Zhangjiajie (张家界), previously named Dayong, is a prefecture-level city in the northwestern part of Hunan Province containing spectacular landform and national parks. This amazing scenic destination is on the bucket list of 2022/2023 for many travelers no matter whether they take the first-time trip to China or do the second-time in-depth exploration.

Zhangjiajie is not an easy place to explore. So, how to plan a trip to Zhangjiajie? Doing detailed research before your Zhangjiajie tour will make you travel smoothly and in a well-organized way. In our Zhangjiajie trip planning guide, we have listed some essential travel information, like Best Attractions to See and Top Things to Do, How to Stay and Itineraries Suggestions, Best Time to Visit, How to Get to Zhangjiajie, Where to Stay and more for your Zhangjiajie trip.

The Best Attractions to Visit in Zhangjiajie

You travel for the most classic experience, and to see the highlights. See below our recommendations: 

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: It is the epitome of Zhangjiajie. If asked to recommend one attraction, we would recommend this one. The “floating mountains and peaks” that inspired Avatar are concentrated in this park. Missing this is like missing the pyramids in Egypt!

Tianmen Mountain This mountain features spectacular valley views, cliff path skywalks, and a record-breaking cableway with 70-degree inclines above deep valleys. There is actually a “stairway to heaven” with 999 steps.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Get away from the bustle and hustle - this deep valley offers a quiet hiking experience in dense forests, along stunning waterfalls, and limpid streams. One of its highlights is the world's longest and highest glass bridge. 

Attraction Type of Attraction Hours from Zhangjiajie Time for a visit Scenery*Activities Rating
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park National Park 40 minutes One day to three days Precipitous Pillars
hiking, phtography
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Canyon 40 minutes 3 hours Mountains, streams, cliffs
hiking, walking on the glass bridge, phtography
Tianmen Mountain Mountain next to the city, close to the bus and train stations One day vertical cliffs; hiking, cable car riding, photography 5
Yellow Dragon Cave Cave 1 hour 2 hours Natural cave 3
Baofeng Lake Lake 1 hour 2 hours Boat ride 4

Recommended Zhangjiajie Itineraries

Length Attractions Itinerary Summary
1-day - Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon AM: Glass Bridge
PM: Baofeng Lake
Very Brief - the Highlights
3-day - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Day 1: arrival
Day 2: national park
Day 3: national park; departure
Very Brief - the Highlights
4-day - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
- Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
- Tianmen Mountain
Day 1: arrival
Day 2: national park
Day 3: grand canyon
Day 4: mountain adventure; depart
The Classic Way
5-day - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
- Fenghuang Ancient Town
Day 1: arrival
Day 2: national park
Day 3: national park
Day 4: ancient town
Day 5: ancient town; departure
Amazing Scenery AND Ancient Culture

Our Zhangjiajie tours range from 4 days to 14 days and are totally customizable. You can travel Zhangjiajie for a 4-day discover tour to appreciate the must-visit highlights. Or you can enjoy a 14-day China history and scenery discovery tour including Zhangjiajie, Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai.

If you have your own travel idea, just contact us and our travel advisor will tailor-make a Zhangjiajie tour for you.

How to Get to Zhangjiajie

There are flights and trains (not bullet trains) to Zhangjiajie from China’s major cities. Zhangjiajie is easy to access from China’s gateway cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Zhangjiajie Tours Map

By Airplane

There are daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie. There are no direct flights from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie. Limited flights are available from Chengdu, Guilin, and Chongqing.

By Train

There are no bullet trains to Zhangjiajie. Direct train journeys from major tourist cities take at least 10 hours. and are not recommended. The nearest major transit city to Zhangjiajie with bullet trains is Changsha (the capital city of Hunan Province). Trains from Changsha to Zhangjiajie take about 5 hours.

Easy to Extend Your Tour

Zhangjiajie's onward transportation to several major destinations is very convenient, so it is often included in the itineraries of first-time or second-time visitors to China. Based on our experience, customers who visit Zhangjiajie often also visit Chengdu, Huangshan, Guilin, and/or Hangzhou, or take a Yangtze cruise.

Based on our experience, our customers who visit Zhangjiajie often extend their tours to Chengdu, Huangshan, Guilin, a Yangtze cruise, and Hangzhou.

Here are some itineraries, for inspiration:
1. Beijing – Xi'an – Zhangjiajie – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai
2. Beijing – Xi'an – Zhangjiajie – Yangtze River – Shanghai

Travel Zhangjiajie with TTC

To help you enjoy a worry-free trip to Zhangjiajie and the whole China, we suggest you travel with TTC. Our experienced travel expert will help you arrange the accommodation, transportation and everything well to let you spend all your effort and time on the sightseeing. If you have any other ideas or questions about your Zhangjiajie tour, please feel free to contact us. We will help you plan your enjoyable trip with sincerity and professionalism!

We have helped many global travelers enjoy their memorable trips to Zhangjiajie for the past few years. Travel with TTC to create your wonderful Zhangjiajie trip memories!

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