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Tour Overview

Zhangjiajie is famous for being the setting for the movie Avatar. With its spectacular cluster of stone pillars and bizarre rock formations, Zhangjiajie is said to be the first place most foreigners visit when they come to China. This 5-day Zhangjiajie-Fenghuang tour is the best way to make the most of your time in Zhangjiajie.

You will spend 3 days in Zhangjiajie exploring in depth China's first national forest park, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, famous for its iconic floating mountains. The views of Yuanjiajie Park and Tianzi Mountain echo the fantastical landscapes of Avatar.

If you are adventurous, you can try walking on the world's tallest and longest transparent glass bridge, ride the world's highest outdoor elevator and explore the thrilling glass skywalk.

Then, we will take the high speed train to Phoenix Ancient Town. The charm of this town lies in its night view and minority culture. Your professional local guide will take you deep into it.

Travel destinations: Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang
Suitable for: Nature Enthusiasts, Adventurers
Tour type: Group Tour

Highlights of this tour:

  • Make your Avatar dream come to life at 'Hallelujah Mountain' in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
  • Marvel at over 3,000 unique sandstone pillars and peaks.
  • Take a 2-hour hiking along Golden Whip Stream, immersing yourself in its tranquil surroundings.
  • Ride the world's longest cableway at Mt.Tianmen, challenge yourselves with a walk on the glass skywalk perched on the cliff's edge.
  • Enjoy a day extending to Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient Town, just 1 hour away from Zhangjiajie by high-speed rail. Enjoy the night view and unique culture of this ancient city.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Zhangjiajie, a city famous worldwide for its Avatar's floating mountains! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our arranged local driver at the arrival hall and transferred to your carefully selected hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.

    You can take a self-guided tour to Xibu Street, a characteristic commercial pedestrian street where you will find floating bars, famous Chinese snacks, folk handicrafts and more.

    Meal: N/A

  2. Your guided Zhangjiajie group tour begins today! After breakfast, meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby at 9:00 am. Then, we will head to the Yuanjiajie Park and take the Bailong Elevator, the world's tallest outdoor lift built onto the side of a huge cliff, to reach the Yuanjiajie mountain platform. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the ride.

    Zhangjiajie Bailong Elevator
    Bailong Elevator

    Then, venture from Yuanjiajie's summit with a 1.5-hour soft hike into the Southern Sky Pillar, which is claimed to be the prototype of the "Hallelujah Mountains" in the well-known film Avatar.

    After that, have lunch at a local restaurant, KFC, or food vendor at your own expense.

    In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a shuttle bus to Mt. Tianzi, a typical quarts sandstone landform that is characterized by piles of dense peaks. Visually, the view is different from other parts of the park: the peaks are much thinner and sharper. Since it has the biggest opening platform, we can definitely experience the most spectacular view of the sandstone peak forest.

    After the visit, take the cableway down and return back to the hotel for a good rest.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
    Tianzi Mountain

  3. After breakfast, you will be led to explore the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. Walking in the longest and highest glass bridge in the world is truly a challenge for everyone, but also a wonderful experience as you can have a whole view of the Grand Canyon.

    Don't be afraid of passing through this bridge since you will enjoy the magnificent scenery such as the flying waterfall, the surging river...

    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

    In the afternoon, have an in-depth visit with 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.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

  4. After breakfast, visit Tianmen Mountain National Park. Firstly, drive to the cableway base to take the cable car up to the top of Tianmen Mountain. With a length of 7,445 meters, Tianmen Mountain cableway is regarded as the longest cableway in the world. The one-way cable car ride usually takes 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 first pay a visit to Tianmen Temple, the Buddhist activity center in the western Hunan Province built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Next, you'll take a walk on the Skywalk built with transparent glass. For some people, it is really a test of courage!  Then, move to the Tianmen Cave (Heaven's Gate). It will take about half an hour to walk through the famous cave. Then, take a shuttle bus down to the mountain foot by the 99-bend Road - the scenic round hill road.

    Tianmen Mountain Heaven's Gate
    Tianmen Cave

    After lunch, you will be guided to Junsheng Sandstone Painting Gallery to see unique painting arts. Then, you will head to the train station to take 1-hour high speed train to Fenghuang Ancient Town.

    Upon arrival, your guide will help you check in to your hotel and you will have the rest of the day to explore this charming old town at your own pace. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, admire the well-preserved wooden houses and soak in the unique atmosphere of this riverside town.

    Stay overnight in Phoenix Town.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Fenghuang Ancient Town
    Night Views of Fenghuang Ancient Town

  5. In the morning, we'll take a boat ride on the Tuojiang River, which offers a different perspective of Fenghuang Ancient Town. The boat ride will take you past ancient bridges, traditional houses, and scenic spots along the riverbank.

    Next, we'll have a look at Rainbow Bridge, East Gate Tower, and Wanming Pagoda, among other cultural highlights of the town. You'll have some free time to take in the last views and explore any spots you may have missed.

    Fenghuang Ancient Town
    Take a boat ride on the Tuojiang River

    Our Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang tour ends in this ancient town. In the afternoon, you can fly directly from Tongren Phoenix Airport. If you prefer to leave from Zhangjiajie, please buy a ticket after 8 pm. (Contact us to find out how to get to Zhangjiajie)

    Thank you for choosing China Xian Tour for your Zhangjiajie tour, and we are always here and hope to see you again for your next trip!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Zhangjiajie Fenghuang Ancient Town
    Fenghuang Ancient Town

Price Includes

  • 4 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • High-speed train tickets from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang (Second Class);
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Zhangjiajie / off Fenghuang;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions, such as Tianmen Mountain tunnel escalator;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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