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TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

April 3, 2017
TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

Zhangjiajie National Park in the Hunan province of China is one of a kind. Not many people know this place even exists – I didn’t before I moved to China. I defiantly recommend this surreal experience to anyone who has a love for nature, hiking and mountains. In this post, I share my key tips to help you in planning your own trip to Zhangjiajie National Park.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

WHEN TO GO:

Planning when to go is an important factor that should be considered when travelling to any part of China. China is known for its overcrowding which can have a negative impact on your experience and even cause you to miss some parts of tourist attractions. Unfortunately, although I was warned, I went during the first week of October (which is known as the Chinese Holiday). Here pretty much all of China is on holiday and most people from the country go to the city and vice versa. Sadly, a huge tourist attraction like Zhangjiajie National Park is going to be overcrowded at this time. The best times to go would include September and October, just avoid the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Chinese Holidays.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

LOGISTICS:

From Shanghai, you can get there by overnight sleeper train to Zhangjiajie which is an experience in itself. If that’s not for you there are other ways to get there. Depending on where you stay, the National Park might be a good drive away. Plan your accommodation to suit what you want to do in Zhangjiajie National Forest, it’s a big place!

The Cost: A 4-day ticket costs – 245 ¥ which is about 34 Euros. For what you see and for four days, that’s a pretty good deal! Prepare for extra costs like Cable Cars. It might also be useful to note that, in another part of Zhangjiajie (this is NOT in the national park) is the world’s longest glass bridge. Although it’s expensive due to how popular it is, it might be useful to keep in mind when you are planning your trip.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

THE GOLDEN WHIP

Take a beautiful scenic route up the river and walk with monkeys through the Golden Whip Stream. Depending on where you want to go, you might be walking for a while, but the stunning scenes and monkeys will make time fly.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

A highlight for me walking the Golden Whip was the wild monkeys. They have no fear of humans, so they can get up close and personal, which is amazing but some monkeys are quite aggressive so be careful!

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

TIANZI MOUNTAIN

Make sure you visit Tianzi Mountain. The director of the movie Avatar got inspiration for the floating mountains here. Since then, the park has been more commonly known as the Avatar Hallelujah Mountains. This part felt more “Avatar” to me than other parts of the park. It was really breath-taking.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

CABLE CARTS

Take advantage of cable cart rides. They are a great way to get to and from different parts of the park while enjoying the amazing view. After a full day of walking it’s nice to just enjoy the view. Upper Station of Tianzi Mountain Cable to Lower station of Tianzi Mountain is the most scenic one. This part had an incredible Jurassic Park feel to it.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

The cost of Cable Carts: The Cable Carts are not included in the price of your park entry ticket. It was around 20 Euro per journey to use the cable carts to help you get around the park.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

Finally, bring lots of water, prepare for a lot of walking. Make sure you take into account places to stop for food and the toilet! And get yourself a map to help navigate your way around Zhangjijgie National Park.

TOPS TIPS FOR VISITING ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL PARK, CHINA

I hope this post has inspired you to visit Zhangjijgie National Park, please share you own tips with our readers in the comments below. Read Next > 5 Things Every Girl Needs To Do In Myanmar

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8 Comments

  • Reply Andreia Leite April 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    A FEW MORE TIPS: I would recommend to spend at least ONE NIGHT in the park. We stayed at the Yuanjiajie Zhongtian Int’l Youth Hostel (not the nicest place but close enough we could walk from the famous Avatar mountain). That way we didn’t have to rely on the last vans to descend the mountain, so we were practically alone after this time.
    Also, make sure you get up early, before the vans start running and you can walk to Tianbo Mansion view point (again we were the only ones there), but when walking back down, lots of tourist started coming!

    I spent 3 weeks in China and this was one of my favourite places!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls April 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Andreia! We really appreciate you sharing your own tips for this trip! I would love to go myself one day, although I may not like the cable cars! Xo, Becky

      • Reply Andreia Leite April 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        Becky, you dont need to take the cable cars, we never did… It s 2000 steps to get up the mountain and they are easily (slowly) done. 😊

        • Reply We Are Travel Girls April 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm

          Thats good to hear! So I will have to do some working out and then go! Thanks for the advice 😉 Becky

  • Reply Elsa April 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Wow love the pictures. I didn’t know this place existed too 😂 It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Kisses, Elsa

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls April 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Elsa! Glad you liked this post and found out about a new place in the world! XO, Becky

  • Reply Amber April 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Wow it looks like such a cool place to visit! It’s crazy when you can compare Earth’s landscapes to the film versions, and they still look so other-worldly!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls April 6, 2017 at 3:11 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Amber! Glad you enjoyed this post and seeing this crazy landscape! Hope you get to go for yourself one day, its on my bucketlist now for sure! XO, Becky

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