4 Days Zhangjiajie Highlights Tour Into the scroll of Chinese painting

A concentration of quartzite sandstone formations found nowhere else in the world, those splendidly weathered spires in Zhangjiajie has inspired the mythical world of Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar. More than 3000 towering stone pillars erect from the verdant valley, over 800 streams and rivers cut through the mountainous maze, meandering its way through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Landscape of Zhangjiajie is a microcosm of a wonderland, a gigantic bonsai, and the origin of Chinese Shan Shui painting. Take on this expedition and delve into this impressive scroll.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the prototype of Pandora World in James Cameron’s movie, Avatar
  • Hike into the less known area, Huangshi Village and Golden Whip Stream
  • 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

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, to prepare yourself for this wonderful journey that lie ahead in the coming days.

  • Hotels: Jiangya Hot Spring Resort Zhangjiajie, Santo Domingo International Hotel Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie Pullman Hotel

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.

Today you will be going to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. In this UNESCO protected park more than 3000 spectacularly weathered sandstone pinnacles rise up from the forested valley. Take private transport to the National Forest Park before taking shuttle bus to Huangshi Village cable car station. Shuttle bus will transport you from one area to another within the park. Take a cable car and ascend the plateau to Huangshi Village. Huangshi Village, or the Yellow Stone Village, located up on a plateau with an elevation of 1080 meters, is near the Forest Park Entrance. Forest of natural skyscrapers reach up to incredible heights, sheer cliffs and peculiar shapes, this is definitely a head start for your trip in Zhangjiajie. When the weather is humid, white and slow-motion of ‘cloud waterfall’ flow around typical sandstone pillars. You can get a better view of sea of cloud at ‘Reach for the Star’ pavilion. Huangshi village is less visited by most of the visitors, yet a place that you should not miss. It provides a good opportunity for a bird’s eye view of scenery in Juanjiajie and Yangjiajie, moreover, it is one of the best place for viewing sunrise in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. A maximum of 2.5 hours is needed for you to have a thorough look around at Huangshi Village. If you wish to hike up to Huangshi Village, it will take you about 2.5 hours to clumber up the plateau. Descend by cable car we shall continue our journey to Golden Whip Stream.

Continue, we will hike along a stream run across the verdant valley near Huangshi Village. Golden Whip Stream is located on the canyon floor in the most beautify canyon in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Dripping moss, fragrant blossoms and acrobatic monkeys, Golden Whip Stream path is a tranquil, flat trail meandering 5.7km east from the Forest Park entrance to the Bailong Elevator. You will find some endangered species, such as Chinese giant salamander, lurk in the area. During summer or in the late evening, you can hear ensemble serenaded by a chorus of chirping insects and birds in the canyon. Take a leisure walk about 2.5 hours, you will reach Shuiraosimen or ‘The Junction of Four Streams’. Take a rest and we will take a 20 minutes shuttle bus out of the scenic area.

Then, your driver will bring you to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, where you will meet an overwhelming glass structure. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, which is 375 meters long and 300 meters high, is the world’s longest glass bridge. Triggering dread in the heart of many visitors, it is the most exciting walk in this area. Alert, acrophobics may want to skip this attraction. From the glass bridge, you are provided with the best angle to the whole area. Dare you to look down through the crystal clear base of the bridge, you will find yourself above a lush forest and mist filled canyon. Later, you will be transport back to the hotel. Have enough sleep and get ready for tomorrow’s journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Golden Whip StreamGolden Whip Stream

Your driver will take you to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park after your breakfast in the hotel. Today, we are going to Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain in the national forest park.


Ascend to Yuanjiajie by the world’s highest outdoor elevator, Bailong Elevator, which is built alongside a massive rock pillar. 335 meters high, with only 66seconds, you will find this ride short yet a memorable one. Get out your camera and take a video during the ride. Then, you can choose to take a 6 minutes shuttle bus or 32 minutes hike to the main highlights in Yuanjiajie.

At Yuanjiajie area, where you will visit a succession of one incredible panorama after another. The No. 1 Natural Stone Bridge, is 357m above the canyon floor, spanning two adjacent peaks 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 panorama 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. While the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in Yuanjiajie is under the spotlight. 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 is 150 meters high with seemingly broad top and narrow base from certain angle.


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 line 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,
Cable car up Tianzi MountainCable car up Tianzi Mountain

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

In the morning, your driver will transfer you to Tianmen Mountain Cable Car Station in downtown. You will then 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. You can see this mountain from anywhere in Zhangjiajie city. Well-preserved primeval forest, rare plants and species, every scenery on the mountain turns into a splendid picture. Take another cable car down to Tianmen Temple which is first built in Ming dynasty, before heading to Guigu walkway and Tianmen Mountain glass-bottomed walkway. These 4,691 feet high walkways are suspended and cling to the sheer cliff of the mountain. Feel your adrenaline pumping while walking on the skywalks. 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. Then, your driver will transfer you safely to airport or station for your next destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,

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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