Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

Zhangjiaie, located in the northwest of Hunan Province, is a world-famous tourist destination all over the world. As an important tourist city with abundant natural resource and high vegetation coverage, there are many renowned tourist attractions. The most famous one must be the Yuanjiajie scenic spot that is the shooting location of the popular movie Avatar. In addition, it is also inhabited by many ethnic minorities, which includes 33 ethnic minorities in total and the typical ethnic groups are Tujia, Bai and Miao. Statistics in 2018 showed that the population of ethnic minorities account for 75% of the total population in this place, and there are more than 70 kinds of intangible cultural heritages in categories, among which the folk songs of Sangzhi are the first batch listed in the to it at first.

Geographic Position: in southern China (109.40°— 111.20°E, 28.52°— 29.48°N)

Climate: Mid-subtropical humid monsoon climate (four distinctive and pleasant seasons, hot summer and warm winter, abundant rainfall, long forst-free period )

Nearby Airport: Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport (DYG)

Nearby Train Stations: Zhangjiajie Railway Station, Zhangjiajie West Railway Station

Chinese: 张家界 zhāng jiā jiè
Population: 1.7M
Area: 3,675 sq miles
Airport: DGY
Zip Code: 427000
Time Zone: GMT+8

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Fenghuang Ancient Town

Tianmen Mountain

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Top Things to Do in Zhangjiajie

Suoxi Valley

Here are some top things to do in Zhangjiajie for tourists, which may help tourists learn the culture of Zhangjiajie, taste the delicious food and have a better travel experience.

  • Pay a visit to the renowned tourist attractions such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yangjiajie Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Tianmen Mountain and other must-visit attractions we highly recommended above.
  • When you have a tour in Fenghuang Ancient Town, you can taste authentic Hunan cuisine and local snacks that are spicy and soul, walk along the Tuo River, enjoy the unique architectural style of ancient buildings or experience the primitive life custom of Tujia People.
  • Having a try to walk on the Glass Skywalk of Tianmen Mountain or walking on the glass bridge of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon isnot only a way challenge yourself, but also provides a chance to appreciate the magnificent scenery.

What to Eat in Zhangjiajie

  • Sanxia Guo

    Sanxia Guo (a hot pot with three ingredients)

Zhangjiajie Sanxia Guo, also known as Tujia Sanxia Guo, is a specialty in Zhangjiajie, which is a hot pot with three ingredients. In the early years, preserved meat, tofu and radish were stewed in one pot. Nowadays, ingredients contain pork intestines, pork stomach, beef tripe, lamb tripe or pig feet, and local chef. The dish has two kinds: the dry pot and soup pot. Dry pot without soup tastes spicier, so if you can’t eat spicy food, you had better try the soup pot.

  • Tujia Steamed Pork Belly

 Tujia Steamed Pork Belly is a main course for Tujia people, which is usually served as the main course when local people hold banquets or great events. It usually takes pork belly as ingredient, then cook it by boiling, frying, steaming and other ways, and people may put some pickles under the pork belly when finish. Although it is made of fat meat, it tastes delicious rather than greasy. 

  • Smoked Blood Tofu

 Smoked Blood Tofu is mainly made of tofu and fresh pig blood. By using the seasoning such as pork diced and pepper and mixing or mashing them together. The most important procedure is smoking the chunk for a long time and cut it into pieces, then cook them with

garlic or pepper. Although the dish looks ordinary, it tastes delicious. It is a famous and

Kiwi Fruit Juice

nutrient-rich Tujia specialty, and the microelement of it is beneficial to human healthy.

  • kiwi-fruit juice

Kiwifruit has rich nutritional value, it contains calcium, potassium, selenium, zinc, germanium and other microelement, vitamins and 17 kinds of amino acids needed by the human body. So it is known as the “king of fruit”. Because of the unique geographical location and climate of Zhangjiajie, the kiwifruit here is abundant and famous, and the kiwi-fruit juice is delicious as well as cheap, which is a popular drink for people.

Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

Tianzi Mountain

1)How to plan your Zhangjiajie tour?

There are various travel plans of Zhangjiajie besed on different travel needs such as time, budgets, interests and preferences, and tourists can choose the most appropriate one as their travel plan.

A. How many days willyou spend in Zhangjiajie?

a. One day tour

If you only have one day in Zhangjiajie, you can go to one scenic area of Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Zhangjiajie national forest park, Suoxi Valley in Cili county, Tianzi Mountain Sangzhi county or yangjiajie Scenic Area), where the combo ticket is vaild within four days. It is also wise for you to go to Tianmen Mountain and Yellow Dragon Cave in one day, and the two scenic spots both have time-saving and energy-saving transportation, so visitors can choose how to tour in it depend on personal travel plan. Visiting Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and walking on the glass bridge in one day is also a good choice.

Zhangjiajie Airport

2) Zhangjiajie Transportation

A. Flight

Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport

Zhangjiajie Hehua international airport, located in Hehua village, Yongding district, Zhangjiajie of Hunan province, is 10 kilometers away from the downtown area. It was put into use on August 18, 1994, and nowadays it has 55 domestic airlines and 25 airlines of foreign countries and regions, which plays an important role in the development of tourism industry in Hunan province.

  • Direct international flights:
  • Beijing Capital International Airport-some Asian Countries and region:Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, Socialist Republic of Vietnam,the  Kingdom of Cambodia, Taiwan
  • Popular travel airlines: Zhangjiajie-Shanghai, Zhangjiajie-Shenzhen, Zhangjiajie-Xi’an, Zhangjiajie-Chengdu, Zhangjiajie-Guilin, Zhangjiajie-Beijing

B. Cab

Taking a cab in the city is very cheap. The flag-down fare of cab in Zhangjiajie is CNY 5 for the first 1 kilometers(0.6 miles), and when the mileage exceeds 1 kilometer, the fee is CNY 1.6 per kilometer, and when the mileage exceeds 6 kilometers, the fee is extra CNY 3.2 per kilometers.


3) Zhangjiajie Weather& What to wear& The Best Time to visit Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie is typical Mid-subtropical humid monsoon climate, which has four distinctive and pleasant seasons with abundant rainfall and long frost-freeperiod, and hot in summer and warm in winter.

The Summer (June, July and August) in Zhangjiajie is hot and rainy, so it is necessary for tourists to travel with an umbrella and sunshade, and wear a cap and sunglasses or use some sun scream to protect your skin against ultraviolet ray.

Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel

5) Where to Stay in Zhangjiajie

Fivestar hotel

Although the accommodation fee of each five-star hotel is higher, the convenient location and transportation, advanced facilities, great accommodation environment and professional services are advantages. 

  • Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel

Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel is located in the core area of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It is 30 minutes’ drive from Zhangjiajie city, airport and railway station, and 3.5 hours’ drive to Changsha. What’s more, it is only a few minutes’ drive to the entrance of Tianzi mountain, Yellow Dragon Cave and Baofeng lake of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.