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1. How to get to Zhangjiajie？
By flight: Zhangjiajie is connected by direct flight with some major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Nanjing, Tianjin and Shenyang.
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, so one transfer is needed. You can first go to Shenzhen and take high-speed rail to Changsha (3 hours), and then transfer train to Zhangjiajie (6 hours). Another way is to go to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and take direct flight to Zhangjiajie (2 hours).
2. What is the best time to visit Zhangjiajie?
Zhangjiajie National Park is open to public all year round, and the period from April to October is considered the best time to visit. 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.
3. How many days should I take to visit Zhangjiajie?
Generally speaking, 3-4 days are enough to see the main attractions of Zhangjiajie. You can also extend the tour with a one day trip to Fenghuang ancient town, about 5 hours by car from Zhangjiajie.
4. What is Zhangjiajie?
Zhangjiajie (张家界 /jung-jyaa-jyeah/ 'Zhang Family Area') is a small city and mountainous prefecture of northern Hunan Province in South China, fashionably popular for scenery tourism. The main attractions are Wulingyuan National Park (with the rock pillars, 40 minutes’ drive from the city, in the north of the prefecture) and Tianmen Mountain (a taller peak with the longest cable car, etc. on the south of the city).They are all often referred to as ‘Zhangjiajie’ out of habit and convenience.
Wulingyuan Area contains Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (including Yuanjiajie and Golden Whip Stream), Suoxi Valley, Tianzi Mountain, and Yangjiajie.
5. How fit should I be to visit Zhangjiajie?
A medium level of fitness is required for walking around Zhangjiajie. There are cable cars up and down the main mountains, but to see the scenery you need to walk for maybe 3 hours per day. Walking is not hard at the main attractions, where concrete paths and steps have been built for tourists.
6. Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhaigou, Huangshan (the Yellow Mountains) and Guilin are all scenic destinations, what are their differences?
All these four places are listed into China's top 10 most beautiful natural places, but they each have their own features. Zhangjiajie is a World Heritage Site, featuring precipitous and precarious pillars that became the inspiration for Hallelujah Mountain in movie Avatar. Guilin is known for its Chinese-painting-like scenery of hills and water, with numerous outdoor activities suitable for any level. At the Yellow Mountains you will marvel at the sea of clouds, peculiar-shaped rocks and pines, sunrise and sunset, and ancient villages nearby. As for Jiuzhaigou, it is a fairy land of colors formed by snowcapped mountains, lakes and forests.
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天门山 About: TIANMEN MOUNTAIN
Article by EnjoyChangsha
Mount Tianmen, a famous mountain first recorded in the history of Zhangjiajie, has an elevation of 1518.6 meters. It is a little cool at the top of the mountain, and long-sleeved clothing is recommended. It is only 8 kilometers from the center of town and is one of the most representative natural sceneries of Zhangjiajie. There are a variety of plants, such as Davidia involucrata, Metasequoia glyptostroboides which are under state-level protection. For a long time, Mount Tianmen not only attracted attention because of its miraculous and unique geographic landform and unparalleled natural landscape, but it also became well-known for its profound cultural connotations and famous colorful humanistic site. It is revered as the soul of culture and spirit of Zhangjiajie and is reputed to be the Number one Miraculous Mountain in western Hunan.
Mount Tianmen Cableway. Mount Tianmen Cableway, the longest passenger cableway in the world is with a length of 7455 meters and a height gap of 1279 meters. It will provide you with an unforgettable memory to last all your life.
Tongtian Avenue (Avenue toward Heaven) Tongtian Avenue has 99 turns symbolizing that Heaven has nine palaces. It has a well-deserved reputation-a wonder highway of the world. Through Tongtian Avenue, one reaches directly the Tianti - celestial ladder from the top of which a celestial-like scene comes into view.
There are altogether nine hundred and ninety-nine steps in the Tianti (a vocabulary originated from Daoism, comparable to heaven in Christianity) which runs to the Heaven Gate. It is also the religious site for praying for happiness.
There is a 6-meter wide avenue specially built for this scenic spot. Tourists can make a self-drive trip from the foot of the mountain to the middle station of the cable car, and then they can transfer to the eco-coach to reach the final destination via this avenue.
Activities: camping, climbing, barbecue, bungee-jumping etc. For camping, moisture-proof groundsheets, sleeping bags, and tents in a special area are provided, If over 25 people join together, a bonfire party will be organized.
Tianmen Cave is the natural water-eroded cave with the highest elevation in the world. In the year 263AD, the thousand-meter high cliff of Mount Songliang suddenly broke open into a door-like cavern which became a rare wonder of the world. Hence Mount Songliang changed its name to Mount Tianmen. Tianmen Cave runs south-north at a height of 131.5 meters, a width of 57 meters and a depth of 60 meters. It is much like a gate pointing towards heaven. In 1999, international stunt flying aces piloted planes to fly through Tianmen Cave for the very first time. 800 million people watched the live coverage. In 2006, the Russian Air Force Aerobatic Flight Show was held in Zhangjiajie, and a new legend of Mount Tianmen was written.
Tianmen Temple, which covers an area of more than 10,000 square meters, has developed as a location of pilgrimage and worship since the Ming Dynasty. It is the Buddhist center of Western Hunan. It was first built in the Ming Dynasty and the present Mount Tianmen Temple is newly built on the original site. In this temple, you can sample Lenten meals.
Tianmen Academy was built in 1303, the seventh year of the Dade Period in Yuan Dynasty. It was destroyed in a battle in 1352. The present Academy is newly built on the original site. It is a cultural holy place of Mount Tianmen .
Mount Tianmen is also the second national forest park in Zhangjiajie City. It boasts intact primitive forests. There are many rare trees and some precious medicinal herbs. Here is a paradise for animals. All these features shape the mountain into a "primitive garden in the air" that you do not exist anywhere else.
Plank Road Built along the Cliff in Ghost Valley Plank Road Built along the Cliff in Ghost Valley is located in the Mixian scenic area. With a length of 800 meters, it hangs on a ghost valley which is over 1400 meters high above the cliff. An astounding and exciting experience awaits the visitor here.
Transport: Take Bus No.10 and get off at the cable car station
Admission(for reference): RMB 258 yuan/adult(except two-seater touring cable car)
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Opening hours of cableway:
Up 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.113down 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Up 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.113down 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.