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Top 10 Luoyang Attractions, Top 10 Things to Do in Luoyang

Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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Plan your Luoyang tour? Situated on the central plain of China, one of the cradles of the Chinese civilization, Luoyang was one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Luoyang is endowed with countless historical sites and cultural treasures.

With its historic background, you can always find many glorious palaces, temples and caves in Luoyang. Here, you can visit the famous White Horse Temple, the Guanlin Temple, the Longmen Caves and the Wancheng Park. In every April, you can appreciate the beautiful and elegant peony flowers.

No. 01: Longmen Grottoes (How to Visit Longmen Grottoes)
The Longmen Grottoes, which are a treasure house of ancient Buddhist cave art, are located sixteen kilometers south of Luoyang in Henan province, on the banks of the Yi River.

The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties.

These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving. On November 30, 2000, the Longmen Grottoes were approved by the 24th UN Heritage Commission to be put on the List of World Cultural Heritage.

Entrance Fee: CNY 120 (Bai Garden and Xiangshan Temple are also included)
Opening Hours: 7:00-18:30 (spring, summer and autumn); 7:30-17:30 (winter)
How to get there: take Bus No. 81 at Luoyang Train Station, or take a taxi to the Longmen Grottoes; you can also take Bus No. 53 and No. 60 from the downtown area.

A close look at Fengxian Temple

No. 02: White Horse Temple ( How to Visit White Horse Temple)
White Horse Templeis, according to tradition, the first Buddhist temple in China, established in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming in the Eastern Han capital Luoyang.

Shanmen Hall means the entrance to the temple

The White Horse Temple is located 12 kilometers away from the east of Luoyang City. The main temple buildings, a large complex, were reconstructed during the Ming and Qing dynastie.

It has numerous halls divided by several courtyards and manicured gardens, covering an area extending to about 13 hectares. Now the White Horse has become an attraction to domestic and foreign tourists.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 7:30-17:30
How to get there: take Bus No.56 at Luoyang Train Station to the terminal; or take Bus No.58 at Guanlin Temple to the terminal.

No. 03: Guanlin Temple ( How to Visit Guanlin Temple)
Guanlin Temple, the temple and mausoleum of Guan Yu, was built to commemorate the great general Guan Yu who is the blood brother of Liubei in the Three Kingdoms Period.

Guanlin Temple is about 7 kilometers south of Luoyang City. Covering an area of 100 mu, the temple contains halls, tablets, small stone lions and cypress.

The entrance to Guanlin Temple

Despite its military theme, this temple is strikingly beautiful; the elegant Ming buildings are highly carved and richly decorated. It is the divine district for palmers to pilgrimage, attracting more and more person from home and abroad.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
How to get there: you can take many buses to get Guanlin Temple from the downtown area, including Buses No. 15, 42, 55, 58, 69, etc.

No. 04: Bai Garden
Bai Garden, situated on the Pipa Peak, refers to the mausoleum of Bai Juyi who a well-known Chinese poet lived during the Tang Dynasty.

Covering an area of 44 mu, Bai Garden consists of four parts: the Green Valley District, the Tomb District, Poem Corridor District, and Administration Region. Bai Garden not only offers us beautiful landscape garden, but also serenades the unusual lifetime of Bai Juyi.

Entrance Fee: Part of the through ticket with the Longmen Grottoes
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No.53, 60, 81 and get off at the terminal Luoyang

Bai Garden

Bai Garden

No. 05: Baiyunshan National Forest Park
Baiyunshan National Forest Park, which covers an area of 168 kilometers, is located at the Funiu Mountain Ridge, Southern Song County, Luoyang.

The national forest park is made up by several parts, including Primitive Forest, Baiyunshan Peak, Yuhuangding Peak, Little Huangshan Mountain ad Jiulong Waterfall Scenic Area. Baiyunshan National Forest Park is regarded as “the most beautiful place” in China. It is also called the “natural museum”.

Entrance Fee: CNY 80
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are shuttle buses between Luoyang and Baiyun Mountain. Take the shuttle bus at Luoyang Yiyun Bus Station to the Baiyunshan National Forest Park.

Baiyunshan National Forest Park

Baiyunshan National Forest Park

No. 06: Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits

How to visit Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits
The museum’s former English name is quite long while it is colloquially called “Tianzi Jialiu Museum”. “Tianzi” means emperors while “Jialiu” means their chariots driven by 6 horses.

Six Horse pulling the horse.

Tianzi Jialiu Museum covers an area of 1,700 square meters. It is located underground centrally in the Dongzhou Wangcheng Square 王城广场 (Eastern Zhou Emperor City Square). The museum has three sections – One for the brief introduction of Eastern Zhou Dynasty; second for Eastern Dynasty Mausoleum the third for the pit itself.
So the Tianzi Jialiu Museum is located centrally in the city of Luoyang. It is walkable along the axis down south from Luoyang Railway Station. Many buses take you there including buses 6, 41, 50, 52, 56, and 86 and get off at Wangcheng Square (王城广场).
Entrance fees: RMB 30
Opening time:
9:00 – 17:00
Enquiry: 0379 – 6391399 – 8000
Luoyang Tourism Hotline: 0379 – 12301

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
How to get there: take Bus No. 15, 55, 58, 68, 81 and get off at Guanlin Miao Station

No. 07: Luoyang Museum (How to Visit Luoyang Museum)
Luoyang Museum is a local historical museum of China which was first built in Guanlin, the south of Luoyang City, in 1958, and then moved to the north side of Zhongzhou Road in 1973.

Sui And Tang Dynasties 2

The Museum displays 1,700 cultural relics in five exhibition rooms, which is a reflection of five different social development stages such as the Primitive Society, the Slavery Society, and the Feudal Society. Besides the basic displays, the Museum also holds exhibitions of calligraphy and paintings and so on every year.

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Bus No. 2 in the downtown area of Luoyang

No. 08: Wangcheng Park
Covering an area of 67 hectares, Wangcheng Park is the largest public park in Luoyang. Wangcheng Park is located on the main road of Luoyang. Each April, during the Luoyang Peony Festival, hundreds of thousands of peonies bloom together in a majestic display of natural beauty.

Besides the Peony Garden, another two major attractions in the park are the Historic Area and the Peony Culture Area. The prime time to enjoy the peony flowers is from April 5 to 20.

Entrance Fee: free of charge (CNY 10 in chrysanthemum exhibition, CNY 50 in Luoyang Peony Festival)
Opening Hours: 05:00-20:30
How to get there: you can take many buses to get Wangcheng Park from the downtown area, including Buses No. 9, 11, 15, 40, 101, 102, etc.

Wangcheng Park

Wangcheng Park

No. 09: The National Peony Garden
Luoyang National Peony Garden is the home to more than 1,000 varieties of peony and main gene of peony in the world. It is a major sightseeing zone during the peony festival in Luoyang.

Luoyang National Peony Garden covers an area of 700 mu and is divided into North Garden and South Garden. The peony is highly reputed for its big flower, flamboyant color, full-bodied aroma and lasting florescence.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 5:30-21:30
How to get there: take Bus No.51 from the Train Station to the National Peony Garden

The National Peony Garden

The National Peony Garden

No. 10: Cockscomb Limestone Cave
Cockscomb Limestone Cave, which is located at the small Shuangtang Gouge, was discovered during the reign of Qianlong Emperor in the Qing Dynasty.

The Cockscomb Limestone Cave is 1,800 meters long and the area for sight-seeing is about 23,000 square meters. It is divided into 8 sections respectively named Yuzhu Pond, Yicai Palace, Diewei Palace, Shilin Lane, Cangxiu Pavilion, Dongtian River, Yaochi Palace and Juxian Palace.

Entrance Fee: CNY 70 (CNY 80 during Apr.10 to May.10)
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take the shuttle bus from bus station to the Cockscomb Limestone Cave; or take a bus to Luanchuan County from Luoyang city, then change the Tourist Bus to Cockscomb Limestone Cave.

Tip:  Hassle-free Luoyang Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Luoyang Guided Tours:

Luoyang One Day Private Tour  Starting US$ 60 per person
Luoyang- Shaolin One Day Private Tour  Starting US$ 60 per person
Luoyang – Shaolin 2 Day Private Tour Packages  Starting US$ 150 per person

Beijing Luoyang 2 Day Round Trip Tour       Starting US$ 280 per person
Beijing Luoyang Shaolin Temple 2 Day Round Trip Tour  Starting US$ 290
Beijing Luoyang ( Shaolin ) 3 Day Tour – Round Trip by Flight Starting US$ 610 per person

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Luoyang
Where to Stay in Luoyang
Luoyang Museum Guide
Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits
How to visit White Horse Temple
How to Visit Shaolin Temple
Longmen Grottoes Travel Tips
Kung Fu Show at Shaolin Temple

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Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen, Top Things to Do in Xiamen

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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Plan your Xiamen tour?  We have listed the top 10 attractions in Xiamen, which may help you plan your short trip to Xiamen. Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province of southeastern China.

Xiamen and the surrounding countryside are famous for being an ancestral home to overseas Chinese. It became one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. Xiamen was recently voted China’s cleanest city, and has many attractions for the tourist.

Xiamen and its surrounding countryside provides spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches. The most attractive place should be the Gulangyu Island.

No. 01: Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu, or “Drum Wave Islet”, is a car free island off the coast of Xiamen City, which is quite small and is across from the ferry terminal on Xiamen Island near Xiamen University and Zhongshan Road.

Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island covers an area of 1.78 square kilometers and stands opposite to Xiamen City across the sea. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a very popular tourist destination. Among the many scenic spots on the island, the most attractive are Sunlight Rock and the Shuzhuang Garden.

Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture. The island is on China’s list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

Entrance Fee: Free ( walking around the island )
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes.

No. 02 Sunlight Rock
Sunlight Rock is also known as Dragon Head Hill. As the highest point of Gulangyu Island, Sunlight Rock Scenic Area includes Sunlight Rock and Piano Garden.

There is a saying that if you haven’t ascended Sunlight Rock, you haven’t really been to Xiamen. Perched atop Sunlight Rock is a gigantic stone with a diameter of over 40 meters.

Sunlight Rock

Sunlight Rock Temple is one of the four top Buddhist temples in Xiamen. The temple was first built in the Ming Dynasty and was famed far and wide, attracting accomplished monks throughout the dynasties.Connected to Sunlight Rock through the cable car, Piano Garden is another attraction for tourists.

There are Hero Boulder, the Aviary and a cinema in the garden.

Entrance Fee: CNY 86
Opening Hours: 07:00-20:45
How to get there: take a boat from the ferry terminal just across the commercial Zhongshan Road.

No. 03: Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
Walking along Zhongshan Pedestrian Street(中山路步行街) in Xiamen is worth your valuable time for your short trip to Xiamen. Most visitors would come to Zhongshan Walking Street either before or after going to Gulangyu Island since the west starting point of Zhongshan Road is just across the ferry terminal.

Zhongshan Road in Xiamen

Avoid going to the Zhongshan Walking Street on weekends or China holidays. Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night with different colours. Zhongshan Road is teeming with shops and street vendors. Zhongshan Road is more than just a commercial street,  it is a leisure, entertainment and food center in Xiamen.

Over 200 shops lines up the street with clear chain store outlets and trinket shops. Most of the buildings along the Zhongshan Road are a combination of Victoria-era and Chinese traditional architectures, a kind of two-storey buildings known as “Qi Lou” (riding across buildings). Qi Lou is designed both for commerce and living.

No. 04: Island Ring Road in Xiamen
Xiamen Island Ring Road is a 4-6 lane seaside road totally 43km in length, a green belt that offers tourists a perfect place to bike along beautiful seashores.

The best part of the island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach from Xiamen University to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, a 10km ring road from south to the east.

Island Ring Road in Xiamen

You may rent a bike or tandem to cycle the 10km island ring for about 2 hours.You also can visit some interesting sights like Hulishan Fortress, parks along the ring road and walkway boards by the sea.

If you have strong legs, you can walk the 10km highlight of the island ring road, a paradise for leisure travelers enjoying the blue sky, beach and green belts along the seashores.

Most of the bike rental shops start from 08:00 am  and close at 9:00pm. A mountain bike costs about 10 to 15 yuan/hour with a deposit of RMB300. Tandem bicycles are charged at a higher rate.|

No. 05: Hulishan Fortress
Hulishan Fortress, which is a spectacular site surrounded by walls made of granite and impressive gates, is located at the southern tip of Xiamen Island.Hulishan Fortress was built in 1891, occupying an area of 13,000 square meters.

Hulishan Fortress

Its buildings are distinctively preserved  to the military style of the Ming Dynasty and also that of the Qing Dynasty.The fortress is composed of the barracks, a secret tunnel, a tower, a sentry platform, the ammunition depot, the trench, and the castle.

The German-made Krupp Cannon is the largest existing coast cannon of its kind in the world.

Entrance Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
How to get there: There are many buses can arrive the Hulishan Fortress, including Buses No. 35, 96, 812, 616, 618, 531, 503, 811, 809, 106, 87, 86, 82, 48, 47, 29, 22, etc.

No. 06: Xiamen University
Xiamen University, which is one of the comprehensive universities directly affiliated with the Education Ministry, is located in the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province.

Xiamen University

Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader.Xiamen University, a picturesque campus nestled between the sea and the “Five Old Men” mountains, is largely considered to be the most beautiful campus in China.

There are Luxun memorial Hall and Humanities Museum in Xiamen University.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: You can go there by public bus 1, 15, 18, 20, 29, 45.

No. 07: Nanputuo Temple
The Nanputuo Temple is located on the southeast of Xiamen Island. It is surrounded by the graceful sea and the Wulao Peaks behind the temple.Nanputuo literally means South Putuo.Putuo referring to the mountain in Zhejiang province.

Nanputuo Temple

The buildings include Devajara Hall (the Hall of Heavenly Kings), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Dabei Hall (the Hall of Great Compassion) and a Pavilion built in 1936.The monks of Nanputuo are often seen on the nearby busy downtown streets. The Nanputuo Temple is a very famous Buddhist temple founded in the Tang era.

Entrance Fee: CNY 3
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 45, 87, 17, 18, 29 or 47 from the downtown area to the Nanputuo Temple

No. 08: Oversea Chinese Museum
Located at the foot of Fengchao Hill, the Xiamen Overseas Chinese Museum is a comprehensive museum that highlights the history of overseas Chinese, and the only Chinese museum set up by overseas Chinese.

The Oversea Chinese Museum was founded by the Chinese philanthropist Chen Jiageng. It is a building with a building area of more than 3,000 square meters, displaying more than 7000 exhibits. Special exhibitions of the museum include Unearthed Mummies in Xinjiang, Inner Mongolian Folk Relics and Ancient Technological Achievements of Chinese Agriculture, etc.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 9:30-16:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 2, 15, 18, 21 or 45 to Bowuguan Station

No. 09: Jimei School Village
On the side of the bank facing north Xiamen Island, stands a small town, Jimei, a famous tourist resort, with beautiful scenery and rich cultural relics.

Jimei School Village was built in 1993 with funds provided by a famous philanthropist and educationalist who was a native of Xiamen named Mr. Tan Kah-kee.

Occupying an area of 100,000 sq meters, Jimei School Village has universities, colleges, secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens with 10,000 students and teachers. Jimei School Village is well-known at home and abroad for its tradition of fine education, and for its excellent facilities.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: there are shuttle buses between Xiamen Train Station and Jimei School Village., including Buses No. 18, 50, 52, 54, 56, 66 and 67.

No. 10: Wanshi Botanical Garden
Wanshi Botanical Garden, also known as the Xiamen Botanical Garden, is a carefully designed botanical garden around Modanyan Reservoir on the northern slope of Shi Mountain in southeast urban area of Xiamen.

Modanyan reservoir was built in 1952 with extension of Wanshi Botanical Garden. It is divided into more than 20 botanical zones, cultivating grounds and display rooms for more than tens of thousands of cultivated tropical.

Wanshi Botanical Garden has scenic spots such as the Morning Bell of Heaven, the Reading and Music Playing Cave, the Cloud Locking Stones, the Jade Scepter Rock and the Peace Stone.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 05:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 3, 18, 19, 21 or 809 and get off at Yizhong Station; or take Bus No. 87 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Station

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:

Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie, Things to Do in Zhangjiajie

Saturday, September 1st, 2018
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Plan your Zhangjiajie Tour?  Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie was listed with UNESCO World Heritage 1992. This world heritage site is popularly known as “Zhangjiajie Senic Area” rather than “Wulingyuan” mainly because Wulingyuan Scenic Area is under the administration of Zhangjiajie City.

The Wulingyuan Scenic Area consists of four parts: Zhangjiajie National Park, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Natural Reserve and Yangjiajie Scenic Area, covering a total area of 350 square kilometers.

We list the top 10 attractions in Zhangjiajie, which may be of some use for preparing your 2-3 day trip to Zhangjiajie. If you want to know the best time to visit Zhangjiejie, please see my post -” The Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie” for more information.

No. 01: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first national forest park in China, which was recognized in year 1982. It is a unique national forest park as one of the component of Wulingyuan Natural Resort.

Here are more than 3000 surprising pillar-like formations pulling out from earth and seen throughout the park. The peaks are in varied shapes, some looks lie a human, some looks like objects and some are in the shape of animals, etc.

Vivid formations can be found everywhere of this national forest park. People there usually can not help to show their acclaim as the peak of perfection.

Entrance Fee: Part of CNY 248 through ticket for Wulingyuan (Zhangjiajie)
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
How to get there: There are Special Tourist Buses from the downtown area of Zhangjiajie to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

No. 02: Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve
Bounded by Suoxi Valley on the east ,Zhangjiajie on the south, Sangzhi County on the north, Tianzi Mountain is one of the four scenic zones in Wulingyuan.

Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve lies on the highest point of “Golden Triangle”, its highest point being 1262.5m (Kunlun peak) and lowest point being 534m (Shilan valley).

It has an area of 67 square kilometers. The landscape in Tianzi Mountain is natural and primeval. People who have climbed Tianzi Mountain will not climb any other mountains.Entrance Fee: Part of CNY 248 through ticket for Wulingyuan (Zhangjiajie).

Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
How to get there: Take a minibus from the downtown area to Tianzi Mountain. The minibus to Tianzi Mountain sets off every 30 minutes.

Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

No. 03: Yangjiajie Nature Reserve
Yangjiajie is a newly found dainty nature reserve after Zhangjiajie, Suoxi Valley and Tianzi Mountain which is located in the northwestern part of Zhangjia, adjacent to Mountain Tianzi in north.It has absorbed more and more tourist from domestic and other countries.

Many famous tourist sites of Yangjiajie are Wusehua (flower in five colors), Vine King, Shuyaoshi (three trees grown on cliff), and so on. There is a famed village in Yangjiajie-Oolong Village. Entering this village, you need to pass through three breath taking “gates of hell”. Tourists to this village in an endless stream.

Entrance Fee: Part of the CNY 248 through ticket for Zhangjiajie
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: There are Tourist Buses from the downtown area of Zhangjiajie City to Yangjiajie Nature Reserve

Yangjiajie Nature Reserve

Yangjiajie Nature Reserve

No. 04: Suoxi Valley
Suoxi Valley is located in Zhangjiajie which is in Northeastern Hunan province of China. The meaning of the name is: ‘fog laden village’ in the dialect of the local Tujia people.Suoyi Valley Nature Reserve is connected to Zhangjiajie  in southwest and abutted to Tianzi Mountain in northwest contains tourist sites of over 200.

Suoyi Valley collecting water, mountains, and hollows is a fairy land. Fancy sites including stones, forests, waterfalls, lakes, limestone cave, sea of clouds, fog, birds and animals forms the Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve.
Entrance Fee: Part of CNY248 through ticket for Wulingyuan (Zhangjiajie).

Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 7 or 9 from downtown area to Suoxi Valley; or rent a car to get there

 Suoxi Valley

Suoxi Valley

No. 05: Baofeng Lake
Embraced by continuous mountains, the artificial Baofeng Lake is located in the Suoxiyu Scenic Area in the south of Suoxiyu Town of Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province.

Originally known as Shijiayu Reservoir, the Baofeng Lake was later named after Baofeng Mountain and opened to tourists.

The Baofeng Lake covers an area of 30 hectares and has a depth of 72 meters. Lying in mountains, the Baofeng Lake is filled by streams without pollution. The lake has a fascinating landscape with surrounding mountains and a mid-lake island.

Entrance Fee: CNY 90
Opening Hours: 06:30-18:30
How to get there: take the minibus from Zhangjiajie Long-distance Bus Station to Wulingyuan Town, then take a motor tricycle to Baofeng Lake

Baofeng Lake

Baofeng Lake

No. 06: Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave was discovered by local villagers in 1983 in Zhangjiajie and opened to tourists in 1984. Some tourists thought of the cave as the most beautiful in China.

Yellow Dragon Cave is a very large limestone cave, occupying an area of 100,000 square meters. The length of the cave is 7.6 kilometers and the height is 140 meters. It is composed of two drought stores and two wet stores, two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and 10,000 stalagmites and stalactites.

Entrance Fee: CNY 80
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: take the minibus from Zhangjiajie Long-distance Bus Station to Wulingyuan Town, then take a motor tricycle to Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave

No. 07: Yuanjiajie
Located in the northwest part of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie is a naturally formed platform mountain, surrounded by higher summits which are divided by deep valleys. Added to this scene is an array of amazing lesser peaks and grotesque rocks.

Each one stands in the valley and possesses its own peculiar shape. The foremost attractions in this area include: Back Garden, breathtaking Mihun Stage, and the First Bridge under the Sun.Yuanjiajie lies between Huangshi Village (yellow stone stronghold) and Tianzi Mountain(emperor mountain). From Zhangjiajie National Forest Park there are approaches to the place.

Entrance Fee: Part of the through ticket
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00

How to get there: take Buses No. 7 or 9 from downtown area to Suoxi Valley; or rent a car to get there

 Yuanjiajie

Yuanjiajie

No. 08: Ten Mile Natural Gallery
Zhangjiajie Ten-mile Natural Gallery is situated in to the northwest of Suoxigu Natural Reserve, and  at the foot of Tianzi Mountain. This natural Chinese painting is about 5.8 kilometers in length.

This scenic area is part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area.With a stream flowing through, and the peaks on both sides of the valley shape, it forms natural sculptures. The Herb Collecting Old Man and Immortals Worshipping Guanyin are the most spectacular.Entrance Fee: Part of the through ticket for Wulinyuan

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

Ten Mile Natural Gallery

Ten Mile Natural Gallery

No. 09: Tianmen Mountain National Park
The Tianmen Mountain National Park is a newly developed attraction which is located only 8 kilometers from the city of Zhangjiajie in northwestern Hunan.

Tianmen Mountain boasts a primitive forest, numerous rare tree species, medicinal herbs and an abundance of fauna. One of the main attractions of Tianmen Mountain is the Tianmen Cave. It is a natural water-eroded cave with the highest elevation in the world.

It is actually a big hole in the mountain but people call it a cave and it has become a major attraction. Many rock climbers enjoy climbing the cave walls.

Walk across a 100-meter-long Glass Skywalk clinging around a cliff on Tianmen Mountain, which attracts a consistent flow of tourists every year.It is a great experience to walk along the glass plank trail, wearing sock booties and feeling you are walking on thin air.

Glass Walkway

          

Entrance Fee: CNY 258
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: There are Tourist Buses from the downtown area of Zhangjiajie to Tianmen Mountain.

Opening Hours: the whole day

How to get there: There are minibuses at Jishou Station to Phoenix Town from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

10. Zhangjiajie Glass Bottom Bridge
50 km East of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a newly developed tourist destination. It features deep cliffs, limpid streams, amazing caves and mirror-like lakes.It is also an landform museum where you can see all kinds of rock formations, different layers of vegetation, flora and fauna particular in Zhangjiajie.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bottom Bridge is China’s record-breaking glass bridge, the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. The bridge, 6 meters wide, spans 430 meters over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs of the grand canyon.

Glass Bottom Bridge

Tip : Hassle-free Zhangjiajie Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Zhangjiajie:

Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tourfrom US$320 p/p
Zhangjiajie 4 Day Tourfrom US$390 p/p
Zhangjiajie Fenghuang 5 Day Tourfrom US$417 p/p

Any questions, just drop a line.