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Top 10 Attractions 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

 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:

Glass Bridge & Yellow Dragon Bridge Day Tour
Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour
Zhangjiajie Fenghuang 5 Day Tour 
Beijing Zhuangjiajie Fenghuang 8 Days Tour 

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie.
How to Get to Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha.
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.
Zhangjiajie Tour.
Zhangjiajie Trip

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Changsha

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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Plan your Changsha Tour? Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province of south-central China, located on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River.

The attractions in Changsha are quite varied, thanks to its long history and the diversity of events which have happened here. also has a rich collection of Parks and Gardens enjoyed by both visitors and locals.

No. 01: Hunan Provincial Museum

Founded in the early 1950s, Hunan Provincial Museum is located in Kaifu District of Changsha City, adjoining the Martyres’ Park and covering an area of 51,000 square meters.

The museum boasts abundant collections that feature the cultural relics excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Tombs of Han Dynasty, the bronze wares of the Shang and the Zhou Dynasties, cultural relics of Chu Dynasty, pottery and porcelain works from various dynasties, calligraphy works and paintings, and modern cultural relics.

It is listed as the largest historical and artistic museum in Hunan Province, as well as one of the first eight National Foremost Museums eligible to be co-constructed by central and local governments.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 112, 113, 131, 136, 146, 150, 302, 303 901 to Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum


No. 02: Yuelu Hill Park

Mount Yuelu, the surplus mount of Hengshan Mountain, is located in the western suburb of Changsha, Hunan, China. It is 300.8 meters high above the sea, with numerous ridges and peaks extending to several kilometers, which looks like a natural screen on the west of Changsha downtown area.

The park itself is a fairly pleasant walk, and it is possible to get away from the crowds. The park covers an area of 500 hectares, part of which is occupied by the Hunan University.It’s one of Changsha’s most historic spots and is most notable for its academic establishments.

Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 106, 202 or 305 to get there

Yuelu Hill Park
Yuelu Hill Park


No. 03: Xiangjiang River

Xiangjing River, also known as Xiang River, or simply Xiang, is the largest river in Changsha and Hunan Province. It is one of the largest tributaries of Yangtze River. It passes through the city of Changsha, referred as the mother river of Changsha.

Xiangjiang River Scenic Belt extends from the south Heishipu Bridge to the north of the Moon Island. Constructed in 1995, it holds tens of exercise squares, green belts and historic landscapes with comprehensive functions like flood protection, sightseeing, leisure, relaxation and fitness, etc.

Xiangjiang River
Xiangjiang River


No. 04: Mawangdui Han Tombs

Located in the eastern suburb of Changsha, the famous Mawangdui Han Tombs is one of the most exciting spots in Hunan Province.

All three tombs were excavated between 1972 and 1974. Over 3,000 relics have been unearthed from the tombs like silk products, silk books, silk paintings, lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing, weapons, herbs and so on. Of which the lacquer works occupy the largest number, including ancient cooking vessels, boxes, kettles, plates and folding screens.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 113m 136 or 168 to get there

Mawangdui Han Tombs
Mawangdui Han Tombs


No. 05: Kaifu Temple

Kaifu Temple, located out of the north door of Changsha, has a history of more than 1000 years. It is one of the Chinese key Buddhist monasteries. With surrounding mountains and clear running water, it was not quite densely populated here in the past.

Kaifu Temple covers more than 48,000 square meters and its building area is more than 8000 square meters. A gate to a monastery, which is a four-pillar and three-layer memorial arch type, and a red wall, 3 meters high, embrace the temple around.

At the gate to a monastery, a horizontal plaque with the words “Ancient Kaifu Temple ”, were written by Chen Haipeng, a garrison commander of Fushan Town in the years called “Guangxu” of Qing Dynasty.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
How to get there: take Bus No.111 and get off at Kaifu Temple; or take Bus No. 106 and get off at Xinhelu Station

Kaifu Temple
Kaifu Temple


No. 06: Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy is located on the east side of Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, China, on the west bank of the Xiang River.

The renowned Confucian scholars Zhu Xi and Zhang Shi both lectured at the academy. In 1903 the academy became a university, and in 1926 it was officially named Hunan University.

As one of the four most prestigious academies over the last 1000 years in China, Yuelu Academy has been a famous institution of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures.

The academy has witnessed more than a thousand years of history and is the only one of the ancient Chinese academies of Classical Learning to have evolved into a modern institution of higher learning.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 106, 202, 305 or Lisha Special Line to get there

Yuelu Academy
Yuelu Academy


No. 07: Orange Isle

Orange Isle is located at the city center of Changsha, and also the center of Xiang River. Watched from the Peak of Mount Yuelu, Orange Isle is like a black silk ribbon lying in the middle of the river and like a dark yellowish green barrier while seen in the river bank.

The isle has been a popular site for summer vacation for a long time. Orange Isle connects the Mount Yuelu in the west and the downtown in the east, with a length of 5km and a width of 50-200 meters and a total area of 70kms. Orange Isle comprises three nearly connected isles: upper isle, middle isle and lower isle.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 07;00-22:00
How to get there: take Bus No.1 to Dachunqiao

Orange Isle
Orange Isle

No. 08: Tianxin Pavilion

Changsha is a city with long history, so there are some historic sites and Tianxin Pavilion is one of them. Tianxin Pavilion is a pavilion standing on the ancient walls.

It is located on the ancient rampart of Changsha. It was built by the general of  the army Yang Xi in 1746, the 11th year of Qianlong Period in Qing Dynasty. It covers a total area of 864 square meters, which was the tiptop of the city at that time.

The existed pavilion was rebuilt in 1983, of the timberwork-like style, with brown tiles, painted pillars, three layers and corridor. The main pavilion is supported by 60 wood pillars, with 32 copper bells, 10 kissing dragon. There are also some precious calligraphy and painting by famous people treasured up in the pavilion.

Entrance Fee: CNY 32
Opening Hours: 08;00-18:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 11, 314 or 202 and get off at Tianxin Garden.

Tianxin Pavilion
Tianxin Pavilion


No. 09: Changsha Window of the World

Window of the World is located on the bank of Liuyang River, in the northeast suburb of Changsha, covering an area of 400 thousand square meters, with a total investment of 360 million yuan.

The Window of the World is situated beside a river and at the foot of a mountain. There are green plants everywhere, with the gardens in different style, which has added beauty and charm to the Window of World. There are more than 100 great interests all over the world in the park, which manifest the art historic and exotic atmosphere.

The Window of the World in Changsha has combined the magnificent of the World, historic site all over the world, the customs of all the countries, and all the artistic performance together, representing a splendid world to us.

Entrance Fee: CNY 130
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 158, 127, 136 or 501 to get to Changsha Window of the World

No. 10: Hunan First Normal College

Hunan First Normal College has a long and splendid history, and always been enjoying a good reputation of “acadmey of thousand years and normal school of centuries”. Its glorious revolutionary and educational traditions and attract the public’s admiration and attention.

The college has been rewards as an excellent unit in education, teaching and research by the nation and Hunan Province, and also rewarded as a garden unit by Hunan Province and Changsha City. It is one of the key preservative units with cultural relics and patriotic education bases in Hunan Province.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are many buses pass by Hunan First Normal College, including Bus No. 1, 122, 134, 139, 160, 901, 908 West Line, 908 East Line, etc.

Hunan First Normal College
Hunan First Normal College

Tip : Hassle-free Changsha 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 Changsha:

Changsha Highlight Day Tour  from US$ 89 p/p
Changsha Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour  from US$ 499 p/p
Changsha Car Rental with a driver from US$ 95

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie.
How to Get to Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha.
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.
Zhangjiajie Tour.
Zhangjiajie Trip

Any questions, just drop a line.

Changsha Taxi: Changsha Taxi Fares, Tips and Phone

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

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Plan your Changsha tour? At the time of my writing, Changsha has over 6,500 taxies operated by several taxi companies. Both cash and IC card are acceptable when you take a taxi in Changsha.Basically it is safe and convenient for you to take a cab in Changsha.

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If you want to rent a car with driver to visit Changsha on your own way, check out the link for more information: Changsha Car Rental.

Taxi Models in Changsha
The mainly model of taxi in Changsha is Jetta. Others are Weizhi, Elysee, Coralla-Toyota and so on.

Changsha Taxi Fares:
Daytime
•RMB8 within 2 kilometer
•RMB 2 for each succeeding kilometer
•an extra 50% surcharge for an empty run for a single trip
At night from 21:00-05:00
•RMB 10 within 2 kilometer
•RMB 1 is added for each distance covered based on the daytime standard
•RMB 2.4for each succeeding kilometer

Taxi  Call in Changsha
Tel: 0731-83848460


Hailing a cab in Changsha
•The best places to hail a taxi: the main streets in Changsham, the train station, the Airport, Bus stops, Scenic Spots, Hotels and Taix Stands.

Changsha Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Changsha
Your car driver knows the streets in Changsha and the way to major destinations in Changsha;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tip


Changsha Taxi Stands
You will find some taxi stands on the main road in Changsha, however, passengers prefer to hail a taxi anywhere they feel convenient. The taxi stands have always been ignored.

Changsha Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Changsha, please contact the following:
•Changsha Taxi Complaining No.: 0731-4303488

Changsha Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•If you want to take a taxi to suburban areas of Changsha, you can have a bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.
•Huanghua Airport – Changsha West Station: RMB80
•Changsha South Stration – Long-distance Station: RMB26
•Changsha Airport- Changsha Museum: RMB80-100

Tip : Hassle-free Changsha  Guided Tours

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

Changsha Highlight Day Tour from US$ 89 p/p

Changsha Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour from US$ 499 p/p

Changsha Car Rental with a driver
from US$ 95

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan

Any questions, just drop  a line.