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Wulingyuan National Park: a Magical World of Nature

Located in the northwest part of Hunan Province, Wulingyuan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of four scenic areas, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley, Tianzi Mountain, and the newly developed Yangjiajie. It mainly features unique peaks and mountains, quartz sandstone landforms, dense forests, and rich wildlife resources. What’s more, it is recognized as “Maze of Nature,” “Geological Museum,” “Kingdom of Forests,” and “Paradise for Wildlife.”

 

Wulingyuan National Park Facts

  • Location: WulingyuanDistrict, north part of Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province
  • Opening time: 7:00 – 18:00 in peak season from March to November, 8:00 – 17:00 in slack season from December to February next year
  • Time needed: 2-3 days
  • Best time to visit: March to November
  • Ticket price: CNY 165 from Mar. to Nov., CNY 84 from Dec. to Feb. (Sightseeing bus, cable cars, and elevators are not included)
  • Suited to: Anyone who adores mountains, quartz sandstone landforms, and nature
Zhangjiajie Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountain
Avatars Hallelujah Mountain

What to Explore in Wulingyuan National Park

1. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

As the first national forest park in China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area covers an area of 130 square kilometers with a high forest coverage of 88%. It is home to a variety of pillar-like peaks of quartz sandstone, including the Avatar Hallelujah Mountains.

Besides, the Golden Whip Stream is located in this forest park, which is a paradise for hikes. If you want to explore the natural wonders during your trip to Zhangjiajie, never miss this attraction in Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

2. Suoxi Valley

This peal of Wulingyuan National Park is famous for its unique landforms and rich resources of wildlife and plants. Featuring peaks, waters, bridges, and caves, this area attracts an increasing number of visitors from home and abroad. The well-known Yellow Dragon Cave, Baofeng Lake, and Ten-mile Gallery are located in this area.

3. Tianzi Mountain

As one of the four scenic sites of Wulingyuan National Park, Tianzi Mountain greets visitors with quartz sandstone peak forests and the original beauty of nature. Every inch of this area is created by nature, including its peculiar stones, karst landform, and magnificent waterfalls. Except for the stunning views, the folk customs and local cuisines await you to explore.

Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
Tianzi Mountain

4. Yangjiajie

Discovered later the than other three spots, Yangjiajie of Wulingyuan National Park is famous for its spectacular Longquan Waterfall, which is said to be “the No. 1 Waterfall of the World.” Other than this, you will see a variety of vines on this site, among which there is a King of vines climbing on the cliff, covering an area of 300 square meters. Moreover, it’s an ideal place for taking pictures of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area owing to its natural beauty.

 

Best Time to Visit Wulingyuan National Park

Wulingyuan National Park in China is open all year round, and the best time to visit it during your China tours is from March to November. During this period, the climate is mild and the weather is pleasant. Moreover, you can see flowers all over the mountains in spring, feel the cool air and green forests in summer, and marvel at the golden color of trees in autumn. Wulingyuan’s winter is covered by snow, which is also beautiful, though it’s cold.

 

How to Get to Wulingyuan National Park

By flight

The nearest airport to Wulingyuan National Park is Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport, which is 5 kilometers from the downtown area and 34 kilometers from Wulingyuan Scenic Area. You can take a plane to Zhangjiajie from major cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu.

By train

It is convenient for you to travel to Zhangjiajie by train from most cities in China. There are three major railway stations in Zhangjiajie City, and Zhangjiajie West Railway Station offers a direct bus to the Wulingyuan National Park, which takes about 40 minutes.

By bus

Bus service is available in Zhangjiajie. You can go to the Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station and take a bus from Zhangjiajie to Wulingyuan, which takes about 30 minutes and costs CNY 13. Then, you will be at the Wulingyuan National Park.

Besides, if you travel from a city that is far from Zhangjiajie, you can take a bus to Changsha West Bus Station, and then take a bus from Changsha to Wulingyuan, which takes about 4 hours and costs CNY 103.

Moreover, for those from Fenghuang Ancient Town, you can also take a bus from Fenghuang to Wulingyuan at 9:00 am or 2:30 pm every day.

Golden Whip Stream Hike
Golden Whip Stream Hike

Tips for Traveling to Wulingyuan National Park

  1. The ticket is valid for four days. In general, two days are enough to tour Wulingyuan National Park. So you don’t need to be in a hurry. If you cannot explore all the attractions of the national park in one day, just stay in a Wulingyuan hotel and visit other tourist spots the next day.
  2. Wulingyuan National Park is home to wild animals. Just keep a certain distance from animals like monkeys in case of being hurt.
  3. Preserved pork and sausage are the best food in Wulingyuan of Zhangjiajie, and don’t miss them on your Zhangjiajie tours.

 

Attractions Nearby Wulingyuan National Park

  • Tianmen Mountain: Located near Wulingyuan National Park, this is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie. It offers a good chance for you to experience the thrilling Glass Skywalk. Known as “the Soul of Zhangjiajie”, it is a must-visit attraction on your Zhangjiajie tours.
  • Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon: Recognized as a landform museum of Zhangjiajie, this grand canyon near Wulingyuan National Park mainly boasts mountains, rivers, and caves. You can challenge the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in this scenic area, which is the highest and longest glass bridge in the world.
  • Fenghuang Ancient Town: This is one of the most beautiful water towns in China, and it is a historical city endowed with stunning natural scenery. Besides, it shows visitors the ancient architectures of the Ming and Qing dynasties, which is Diaojiaolou.

 

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