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Wulingyuan

Wulingyuan

Zhangjiajie, Southern China

The Basics

This striking scenic area is divided into four parts, each worthy of several days of exploration: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, and Yangjiajie Scenic Area.The entrance ticket covers all four parks for three or four consecutive days and includes rides on the internal bus system, though cable cars, elevators, and tourist trains cost extra. With such a vast area to explore (and not much English signage), it’s a good idea to visit with a guide. Travelers pressed for time can see the highlights of popular Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in as little as a day, while those with more time can explore more than one area on a multi-day tour.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wulingyuan is a popular destination for adventure travelers and photographers.

  • Dress in layers, as temperatures can fluctuate greatly from morning to afternoon, as well as from place to place within the park.

  • Wear a pair of sturdy hiking shoes, especially if you plan to head out on any of the numerous trails.

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How to Get There

A 40-minute bus ride takes visitors from Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to Wulingyuan Scenic area, with departures every few minutes throughout the day. The nearest major airport is in Changsha.

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When to Get There

The months of September and October are a sweet spot for visiting the park, when temperatures are mild and skies generally clear. Summers can be humid, and winter temperatures regularly dip below freezing. Frequent showers from April to June can disrupt the views.

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Getting Around the Park

While Wulingyuan is popular with hikers, you don’t have to be in peak physical condition to enjoy the park’s scenery. Free shuttle buses take visitors from one area to another, and a set of three cable cars will zip you to the top of Huang Shi Zhai, Tianzi, and Yangjiajie mountains.

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