Zhangjiajie Visitors Guide
Zhangjiajie is located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province of China. It is 330 km from Changsha, the capital of the province, over 1,000 km from both Shanghai and Beijing. Within it is located China’s oldest national park - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.
Each year, millions of visitors come to Zhangjiajie to discover its spectacular quartz-sandstone peaks and pillars, fantastic caves, mountains, lakes, limpid streams, forests, grand valleys, and mysterious minority cultures. We hope you will have fun, make lifelong memories, and enjoy this special place.
THE FOUR SEASONS OF ZHANGJIAJIE
WHAT TO SEE
Zhangjiajie is vast and varied, and visitors have different interests and abilities, so there is no one easy answer. We suggest allowing at least 3 days to visit Zhangjiajie. 4 must-sees in Zhangjiajie are the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain, Yellow Dragon Cave and Baofeng Lake. For those who want to explore the minorities, we recommend the Tujia Folk Custom Park and the Tianmen Fox Fairy Show.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
It is always a great time to visit Zhangjiajie in a year because it is a yearround destination. Traveling Zhangjiajie in different seasons, you will have uniquely different yet beautiful experiences.
HOLIDAYS TO AVOID
Avoid traveling Zhangjiajie during any of the China’s national holidays if at all possible, as transport and tourist areas are packed and prices for hotels at least double. The holidays are the Chinese New Year (Feb.7-13, 2016; Jan 27-Feb. 2, 2017), May Day (May1-7), National Day (October1-7), Tomb Sweeping Day (April 2-4, 2016/2017), and Middle Autumn Festival (Sep 26-28, 2015; Sep 15-17, 2016; Oct. 4, 2017).
WEATHER IN ZHANGJIAJIE
Zhangjiajie has no extreme heat in summer or severe cold in winter. The hottest days fall in July, with the average temperature of about 28 ℃, and the coldest days fall in January, with the average temperature of about 5 ℃. The annual average temperature is about 16 ℃.
HOW TO GET
The best way to get in Zhangjiajie is by air. The Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport services scheduled flights to major Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, Chongqing, Changzhou, Qingdao, Xi’an, Shenyang, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Macau, Kaohsiung (regular) and Taipei etc. International charter flights between Zhangjiajie and Seoul, Busan, Osaka and Bangkok are also available.
WHERE TO EAT
Food in Zhangjiajie is spicy and strong-flavored Hunan cuisine. Food options inside the park and outside the park are very limited, but our guide will select the best local restaurants for you to get an authentic culinary experience, not the tourist kind.
WHERE TO STAY
Most of the hotels in Zhangjiajie are concentrated in downtown Zhangjiajie, Wulingyuan District and inside Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. We arrange our customers stay at Wulingyuan District most of the time, because it is convenient for sightseeing in the park.