5 Days Changsha-Zhangjiajie Classic Tour by High-speed Train
What is the best tour to Zhangjiajie? This 5 Days Changsha-Zhangjiajie Classic Tour by High-speed Train will take you to experience both nature and culture feast. You will totally satisfy all your curious about the grand nature in amazing Zhangjiajie. The tourist attractions you will visit are Hunan Museum, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Bailong Elevator… Follow us to find more in China.
Highlights of this tour: *Satisfy your taste bud by enjoying kinds of delicacies in Changsha. *Discover the wonderland of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. *Enjoy the picturesque landscape in Golden Whip Stream and listen to the fairy tale of this place. *An exciting adventure to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. *Marvel at the highest elevator in the world to appreciate the beauty of Zhangjiajie—Bailong Elevator. *Challenge yourself to walk on the World’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge-Sky Walk.
Upon your arrival at Changsha airport / train station, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to downtown hotel for check-in. Free and easy on your arrangement for rest of the day.
AM: Before taking the train to Zhangjiajie, follow your guide to explore the highlight sites in Changsha city. The first scenic spot is Hunan Museum. Hunan Museum with its name alone might be hardly impressive after your visit to the museums in cities like Beijing and Xian. However, the legendary exhibition housed in this Museum must be remarkable during your whole China tour: the female Corpse unearthed in the Mawangdui Han Tomb, a record-breaking discovery in world’s embalming. It’s an awe-inspiring miracle in the history of archaeology that her body is unprecedented for more than 2000 years! Moreover, there are about 180 thousand cultural relics collected in Hunan Museum, including bronzes, chinaware, calligraphies and paintings, artwares and so on. It’s definitely a “wow-moment” during today’s trip.
Next, continue your visit to Orange Island Park, which is a beautiful alluvial shoal standing in the center of Xiangjiang River. It’s popular as people enjoy the fascinating sights around there, but it’s Chairman Mao Zedong, the great founder of the People’s Republic of China and his famous poem the first reason that makes it rising to fame. Chairman Mao depicted splendid scene of Orange Island Park and Xiangjiang River in his poem, attracting endless visitors to pilgrimage.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Afterwards, come to Yuelu Academy, which lies at the foot of scenic Yuelu Mountain, alongside the Xiangjiang River. Housed in the campus of Hunan University, Yuelu Academy is one of the “Four Great Academies” in China with its birth dating back to 976 AD, Song Dynasty and later surviving in the successive Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty and until today. It’s not a dead place of relics, it’s a live spring feeding numerous students and scholars with their great thoughts. Although experiencing the change of dynasties and chaos of wars, Yuelu Academy has always managed its survival and kept teaching and researching, which tells the profound history of Chinese education and provides precious evidences for today’s study.
Last, taking evening high-speed train which rides around 3.5 hours to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival at Zhangjiajie Train Station, our local driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name, and transfer to local hotel for check-in.
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Area
Today, you’ll start your adventure with Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It’s the first national forest park in China and was included in World Natural Heritage List in 1992 for the queer forest of quartz sandstone peaks. You will see the pillars rise hundreds of meters into the sky, stroll along tranquil valleys and feel rejuvenated by the fresh air.
Then, head to Yellow Stone Village. With an altitude of more than 1200 meters, it’s the largest and best observation deck to overlook the quartz sandstone peak forest. You can hear the story of Zhang Liang being saved by Huang Shi from your guide while you are walking, and you may come across the cute monkeys on the way.
After that, move on to Golden Whip Stream, one of the most beautiful sites in Zhangjiajie. The stream winds its way through the hills and valleys and got its name because of passing by the Golden Whip Rock. Just listen to the murmurs of the stream, stroll along the valley and stop to watch the fish swimming in the crystal clear water.
After the relaxing hiking, take the sightseeing bus to exit the forest park and drive around 40 minutes to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Move on to challenge yourself at the longest and highest Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in the world with a length of 430 meters. You can have a panoramic view of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon while walking on the transparent glass floor. You may be scared to step on the bridge at first, but once you take the first step, you will enjoy the magnificent view of flying waterfalls, lush forests, running streams.
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Area
Today’s first stop is Tianzi Mountain. There is a saying that you will not want to see any other mountains after visiting Tianzi Mountain. One of the spectacular sights is the sea of clouds after rain if you are lucky. You will witness rugged rocks and a forest of stone peaks which looks like a group of warriors listening to orders.
After that, continue to explore Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, the inspiration for Hallelujah Mountain in the super famous movie Avatar. You also can experience Bailong Elevator, the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. You will be amazed by the speed of the elevator, only 1 minute and 58 seconds up to Yuanjiajie. When you step out of the elevator, a magical landscape painting will unfold in front of you. The massive quartz-sandstone pillars are just towering over you or next to you.
Finish all the activities, transfer to Zhangjiajie downtown area for overnight.
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie Downtown Area
After breakfast, follow your guide to explore another highlights of Zhangjiajie - the Tianmen Mountain National Park.
Firstly, drive to the cableway base for you to take the cable car up to the top of Tianmen Mountain.With a length of 7445 meters, Tianmen Mountain cableway is regarded as the longest cableway in the world. The one way cable car ride take about 28 minutes. And the half-hour riding is an excellent chance to see the picturesque scenery of the mountain
Arriving at the mountain top, you will firstly pay a visit to Tianmen Temple. The temple was built in the Ming Dynasty and is the Buddhist activity center in the western Hunan Province.
Next you will take a walk on the vertiginous Skywalk built by transparent glass. For some people it is really a test of courage! Then move to the Tianmen Cave (Heaven’s door cave). This natural stone archway is 131.5 meters high and 57 meters wide. It will take about half an hour to walk through the famous cave.
Last, take a shuttle bus down to the mountain foot by the 99-bend Road– the scenic round hill road. You’ll be dropped off at Zhangjiajie airport / train station for departure.
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Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.