4 Days Zhangjiajie Highlights Tour, Welcome to Pandora World

Explore the surreal landscape of Zhangjiajie which gave the inspiration of the Hallelujah Mountain in James Cameron’s Avatar movie. Verdant valleys with beautiful scenery, surprising creatures lurk in the wilderness, most importantly, those peculiar pinnacles that dominate this area. Peer into the rolling mist atop of those soaring sandstone pillars, experience the world’s longest glass bridge and highest outdoor elevator, take a ride on Asia’s longest cableway into the clouds, and drive on the avenue towards heaven. Discover the beauty of Zhangjiajie and lost yourself amidst its irresistible charm. What’s more is waiting for you to explore.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the prototype of Pandora World in James Cameron’s movie, Avatar
  • Delve into the soul of Zhangjiajie, Tianmen Mountain, or the “ Heaven’s Gate”
  • Get on to the world’s highest outdoor elevator and longest glass bridge
  • Take a dip into the hot spring at Jiangya Hot Spring Resort

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Arrive at the airport or station in Zhangjiajie city, Hunan province, where you will meet your personal tour guide and will be transferred to Santo Domingo International Hotel by private transport. Be sure to pack your backpack and get your head down on pillow at a sensible time, so to prepare yourself for this wonderful journey that lies ahead in the coming days.

  • Hotels: Zhangjiajie Pullman Hotel, Western Grand Hotel Zhangjiajie, Santo Domingo International Hotel Zhangjiajie

In the morning, your driver will bring you to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which is not far from the hotel. Begin your journey here, where more than 3000 sandstone pinnacles soar high above the clouds in this UNESCO protected park. Shuttle bus will be the transportation for you to get from one area to another within Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.


Start from Yuanjiajie, you will ascend the mountain by the world’s highest outdoor elevator. Built alongside a massive rock pillar, Bailong Elevator has an elevation of 335 meters. The whole ride, about 66 seconds, is a short yet memorable one. Leaving the canyon below, you will reach Yuanjiajie area, where you will visit a succession of one incredible panorama after another. The No. 1 Natural Stone Bridge, a natural bridge spanning two adjacent peaks, 357m above the canyon floor, which allows visitors to walk in between these two peaks. Feel free to walk on this 20 meters long bridge and feel the thrill coming from your heart. Besides, you can have a full view of this natural stone bridge from a distance at Wangqiao Platform. Mihun Platform (or literally means the enchanted platform), provides you mesmerising views, is one of the best observatory platform in Yuanjiajie. The ‘Back Garden’, or the ‘Backyard’, is where you can see a concentration of sandstone pillars rising up from the verdant forest. ‘You are on Pandora, ladies and gentleman’, the highlight of the highlights in Yuanjiajie is the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. It is called the Southern Sky Pillar or the Heaven and Earth Column, but better known as the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain by most of the people, for having served as the inspiration of “Hallelujah Mountain” in the movie Avatar. This gravity defying pillar stands among the other spires. At a glance, this 150 meters high stone pillar might seems just as normal as the others, however, what makes it stands out is its peculiar shape, seemingly broad top and narrow base.


Then we will move on to Tianzi Mountain. Grotesque rocks stand in the luxuriant valley, stunning peaks rise one after another, at an altitude of 1260 meters, Tianzi Mountain will provide you an amazing view. More often, you can see those natural skyscrapers soar above shroud of dramatic cloud cover after a rain. In such situation, those peaks seems to be floating in the air. At Tianzi Mountain, you will visit some of the highlights including Imperial Calligraphy Brush Peaks, ‘Fairy Scattering Flowers’ Peak, ‘Son of Heaven’ Pavilion, and Shentangwan. Imperial Calligraphy Brush Peaks, a favourite spot for photographers, is a juxtaposition of calligraphy brush-like stone pillars of various height, which thrust up from forested valley. ‘Fairy Scattering Flowers’ Peak will need your imagination. It is a peak that look like a fairy with a basket of flower in her arm. Tianzi Pavilion literally means the ‘Son of Heaven’ Pavilion, is the best place to view the whole scenery of Tianzi Mountain. While the most mysterious place in National Forest Park, Shentangwan, is a deep depression filled with sandstone pillars and primeval forest. Go near the depression, you can hear growling and howling of wind as if the sound of an unseen battle deep in the valley. Descend the mountain by cable car at Tianzi Mountain cable car station before taking shuttle bus out of the scenic area. Then private transport will bring you back to hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Fog-wrapped stone pillars Fog-wrapped stone pillars

Please take note that heavy items such as backpacks and camera are not allowed on the Glass Bridge. You can consign your belongings at the entrance of Glass Bridge.

In the morning, visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon where sets the longest glass bridge in the world. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, a mind-boggling glass structure, 375 meters long and 300 meters high, that triggering dread in the hearts of many visitors. Don’t be defeated by its height, this is the best angle to view the canyon. Alert, acrophobics may want to skip this attraction. Then, take elevator down the mountain, but if you have enough energy, you can try to hike down the mountain since the distance is not that long and there may be long waiting queue for elevator. Descend, by slide way, into Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, and explore the lush surrounding. Luminous steam runs along the canyon floor, tumbled of foaming waterfalls splashing into a pool of water and some interesting creatures lurk in the canyon waiting for you to discover. You will exit the canyon by boat. After a day’s journey, it is a fantastic time to enjoy some hot spring near the area. Your driver will transfer you to Jiangya Hot Spring Resort which is a 30 minute drive from Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Take a dip into the hot spring at the resort. Most of the hot spring there are of 37 to 41 Degree Celsius. It is advised to bring your own swinging suites though you can use the one provided by the resort. Also, remember to remove your accessories to prevent any chemical reaction that will cause damage to your accessories. Stay hydrated and do not stay too long in the hot spring, around 15 minutes will do. Soothe your body and mind then rest well to recharge your body for the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Tianmen Mountain glass walkwayTianmen Mountain glass walkway

Please take note that Tianmen Cave will be close during winter, and glass walkway will be close during rainy or snowy weather.

After having breakfast in the hotel, your driver will escort you to Baofeng Lake Scenic Area which is located in between Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Baofeng Lake Scenic Area is a combination of natural and cultural sites. Get on a sightseeing vehicles and brief through the myrtle green surrounding then get on a sightseeing boat to tour around Baofeng Lake. Emerald green water, rolling of low-lying hills and some local performance on your way.

Afterwards, you will be going to Tianmen Mountain Cable Car Station in downtown and take the 7km-long Tianmen Mountain Cable Car to the mountain top. This is Asia's longest cableway and it takes about half an hour to bring you up to the summit. Tianmen Mountain, with an elevation of 1518.6 meters, is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie and is known as the soul of the city. Well-preserved primeval forest, rare plants and species, every scenery turns into a splendid picture. Take cable car down to Tianmen Temple which is first built in Ming dynasty, spend some time there before heading to Guigu walkway and Tianmen Mountain glass-bottomed walkway. These 4,691 feet high walkways are cling to the sheer cliff of the mountain. Sometimes mist filled the valleys, giving you an illusion of walking in the cloud. Take the underground elevator down to the marvellous scene, Tianmen Cave or Heaven’s Door, which is a conspicuous huge hole that cut through the mountainside. Or you can choose to walk down 999 steps to Heaven's Door. Then take a shuttle bus down Avenue towards Heaven or the winding 99-Bend Road. Take some impressive photos along the way. Then, your driver will transfer you safely to airport or station for your next destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Cable car up Tianzi MountainCable car up Tianzi Mountain

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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