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NATIONAL PARKS IN CHINA, AVATAR MOUNTAINS

Welcome to Zhangjiajie!

Zhangjiajie is located in central China. It’s famous for its precarious peaks, limpid streams, dense forests, and large karst caves. And yeah, the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar movie were inspired by Heavenly Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park!

Zhangjiajie is a small city surrounded by mountains, it’s possible to reach it by train or bus, the city also has its airport! But the main reason to visit Zhangjiajie is definitely the Wulingyuan – a scenic and historical place inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wulingyuan UNESCO World Heritage Site is a spectacular area, dominated by more than 3000 sandstone pillars and peaks, between which lie ravines and gorges with streams, pools and waterfalls, caves and two large natural bridges. In addition to amazing beauty of the landscape, this region is also home to many endangered plant and animal species.

Wulingyuan is the first national protected forest park in China. The park covers area of 690 square kilometers and forms part of the Wuling Mountain Range. The scenic area consists of four national parks – the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and Yangjiajie Scenic Area. Overall there are over 560 attraction sights to view!

Entrance fee in Wulingyuan UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes 4 following areas, is 245¥ (year 2018). The ticket is valid for four days.

 

  1. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Total area of 48 square km located in the very south of Wulingyuan Site.

  1. Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve

In the northeast of Wulingyuan area, famous for Yellow Dragon Cave and another 200 scenic spots.

  1. Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

Tianzi Mountain is in the north of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. The reason Tianzi Mountain takes the spotlight is this area is its height. Sometimes it is translated as “Emperor Mountain”.

  1. Yangjiajie Scenic Area

This is newly discovered, the least-crowded area. Hiking here can be a bit challenging.

Tianmenshan Park (separate from Wulingyuan park)

This park is located near the Zhangjiajie city and reachable from the city by 7 km long cable car, claimed to be the longest cable car line in the world. Here you will find Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge – the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, with a total length of 430 meters and a height of 300 meters.

Entrance fee: ~30€

The best time to visit the park is spring and fall because of the most comfortable temperatures. During the summer and Chinese holidays (e.g. 1.10 – 7.10) the park can be very crowded.

There are loads of transportation inside the Wulingyuan park – buses, vans, cable cars, electric trams, boats and elevator. Bus rides are included in the ticket price.

But you definitely won’t skip the joy of hiking! There are many trails in the park, a real web of paths that stretches all around the area!

Of course, no wonder if you will be exhausted after four days of hiking. But there are also locals, who offer to bring tired tourists on the chairs! Yeah, you just pay, sit and relax.

The quartz sandstone peaks, columns, gorges, different animal species and vegetation.. Sceneries here are amazing! But besides that in the park you will also find temples, local snacks, handicrafts and wooden carvings that truly will surprise you!

Zhangjiajie city, Tianmenshan or Tiananmen Park and Wulingyuan UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must if you are in China! Experience you will never regret and never forget!

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