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How to Spend 1 Day in Zhangjiajie

How to Spend 1 Day in Zhangjiajie

Some believe the soaring spires of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park inspired James Cameron’s Avatar, and the surreal beauty of this extraordinary landscape has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the area has many other natural attractions, with one day in Zhangjiajie, the national park will be your focal point. Here’s what to see.

Day: Dreaming Spires

You won’t be able to see the whole of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in one day, so don’t try. But do take advantage of the network of shuttle buses and cable cars that connect the park’s different areas. Enter from the Zhangjiajie gate, and start with a leisurely hike along Golden Whip Brook, a stream that runs through a natural canyon lined with striking rock formations. Lines for the 1,070-foot (326-meter) Bailong Elevator, known as the highest outdoor elevator in the world, can stretch back over an hour. But it’s still an amazing way to reach the Yuanjiajie scenic area, which is home to a spectacular natural arched bridge, forests of striking pillars, and the tower known as the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. Grab a bite to eat at one of a range of eateries, then pick up a shuttle bus to the Tianzi Mountain (Tianzishan) scenic area, where magical views include the Imperial Writing Brush Peaks, the Cloud Sea, and Fields in the Air, a cluster of rice fields apparently suspended in the sky. A private guide can help you beat the crowds and find unspoiled back routes where you can hike in solitude—or maximize your time in the park and get the best shots.

Night: Show Time

Head back to Zhangjiajie town for a hearty dinner of Hunan specialties, such as “smoky flavors steamed together,” spicy shredded pork, or even stinky tofu. Then make your way out to a valley near Tianmen Mountain for one of those outdoor spectaculars with a cast of hundreds that China does so well. The Fox Fairy Show, with subtitles in English, Japanese, and Korean, tells a tale from Hunan folklore in an extravaganza of song, dance, acrobatics, and lighting against a spectacular natural backdrop. Bring a jacket, as it can get cold at night, and an umbrella in case of rain.

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PrivateTour: Glass Bridge and Baofeng Lake from Zhangjiajie

PrivateTour: Glass Bridge and Baofeng Lake from Zhangjiajie

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Strung between two mountains over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the longest glass bottomed bridge in the world. Walk across and take in the views on this private guided tour before continuing on a 2.5-hour hike through the canyon and a boat ride across Baofeng Lake. A private tour makes it easy to see these popular Zhangjiajie National Forest Park attractions in a single day and allows for opportunities to customize your itinerary.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$205.27
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$205.27
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Full-Day Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Tour: Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie

Full-Day Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Tour: Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie

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Experience the mountainous beauty of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park during a full-day tour with a private guide. Head into Wulingyuan Scenic Area and ride a cable car up Tianzi Mountain, glimpsing the Wuling Mountains. Upon arrival, explore trails on the mountain and have lunch at a restaurant before continuing over to the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. Visit lookout points such as First Bridge under Heaven and a place seen in the movie ‘Avatar,’ then enjoy a spine-tingling descent of 1100 feet (335 meters) in the glass Bailong Elevator.
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  • 8 hours
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$196.77
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$196.77
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Private Day Trip: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park And Tianzi Mountain

Private Day Trip: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park And Tianzi Mountain

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Marvel at Zhangjiajie National Forest and other scenic highlights on a private day trip from Zhangjiajie. Admire the cloud-misted pillars at Zhangjiajie National Forest: an inspiration to the creators of 2010 movie 'Avatar.' Then, ride a mountainside elevator to see the ‘Avatar Hallelujah’ Mountain, No.1 Bridge under Heaven, and more. Finish at Tianzi Mountain, admiring Helong Park and the surrounding peaks before a cable car descent. Lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$380.00
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Private Arrival Transfer from Zhangjiajie DYG Airport to Wulingyuan Area Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer from Zhangjiajie DYG Airport to Wulingyuan Area Hotel

Welcome to Zhangjiajie city . Hiring a private vehicle is the best way to ensure your safe and convenient transfer between hotel and airport,  no matter how early or how late your flight is. It is also the most convenient and efficiebt way for the people who are not familiar with Zhangjiajie city . More important is that it helps you avoid unreasonable price,
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$53.34
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Private Day Tour: Discover Zhangjiajie National Forest Park-Avatar Mountain

Private Day Tour: Discover Zhangjiajie National Forest Park-Avatar Mountain

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Known for its dramatic scenery and made famous by the 2009 movie "Avatar", Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the top attraction near Zhangjiajie. Explore the park without breaking the bank on this guided group tour, which includes a ticket for the Bailong Elevator to Yuanjiajie, a visit to Tianzi Mountain in the UNESCO-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area, a stop at a scenic picnic spot, and more.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$272.37
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$272.37
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Private Day Tour: Tianmen Mountain And Tujia Folk Customs Park Discovery

Private Day Tour: Tianmen Mountain And Tujia Folk Customs Park Discovery

Tianmen Mountain is regularly hailed as one of the most beautiful mountains on the planet, making it a must-see attraction during your time in Zhangjiajie. On this private 9-hour day trip, you’ll ride the world’s longest aerial tramway to the mountain, in order to explore miles of pathways and the white-knuckle glass skywalk. See, too, Tujia Folk Customs Park to gain insight into the customs and culture of the Tujia ethnic group. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$395.00
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$395.00
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Private Day Tour to Zhangjiajie National Park & World's Longest Glass Bridge

Private Day Tour to Zhangjiajie National Park & World's Longest Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie National Park in Southern China served as the inspiration for the floating peaks of Pandora in the film Avatar. Skip the hassle of public transportation and the lines at the national park visitors center with this private tour. Ride the Bailong Elevator to the peaks of Yuanjiajie and take in the sea of sandstone peaks from Tianzi Mountain. You’ll also have the opportunity to test your bravery on one of the world’s longest and highest glass bottomed bridges.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$292.11
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Private Day Tour of Tianmen Mountain with Skywalk and World's Longest glass bottom bridge

Private Day Tour of Tianmen Mountain with Skywalk and World's Longest glass bottom bridge

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Brave one of China’s most exhilarating glass bridges, glide above the clouds on a 4.5-mile (7.5-kilometer) cable car, and see the Heaven’s Door natural arch on this Tianmen Mountain private day trip. A private guide helps you break the language barrier and get around the mountain area, including the 99-Bend Road. Your comprehensive package includes lunch, private transfers to the park, and all relevant tickets.
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  • 1 day
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$293.43
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$293.43
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Zhangjiajie Tianmen Fox Lady Out-Door Show With Private Transfer

Zhangjiajie Tianmen Fox Lady Out-Door Show With Private Transfer

This worry-free Tickets booking service will guarantee your tickets to Zhangjiajie Tianmen fox lady show without trouble, and the private transfer service offering a budget price for the car ride  to get the theater from your Zhangjiajie city hotel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$69.34
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$69.34
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Private Departure Transfer from Wulingyuan Area to Zhangjiajie Airport

Private Departure Transfer from Wulingyuan Area to Zhangjiajie Airport

This private transfer from Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan area  Hotel to Zhangljiajei DYG airport is the fastest, most comfortable, and safest way from your hotel to Airport, especially for tourists whose flight depart Zhangjiajie in late night or early morning. Our driver will meet you in hotel lobby 3 hours before your departure time (or You can inform us the time you want to departure from your hotel) and directly transfer you to the right terminal of your flight. The only thing you need to do is to offer the right hotel and flight information and then enjoy your way to airport.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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$54.67
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Private Day Tour to Zhangjiajie Fairy Stream by Cycling

Private Day Tour to Zhangjiajie Fairy Stream by Cycling

The fairy-tale landscapes of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park provide an enchanting backdrop for a bike adventure. Cycle around the streams, lakes, and waterfalls of the fairy stream gorge on this private full-day tour from Zhangjiajie. Hotel pickup, bike rental, and a picnic lunch are included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$314.74
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$314.74
Price varies by group size