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.
(20 MINS SHUTTLE BUS FROM WULINGYUAN ENTRANCE TO BAILONG ELEVATOR)
Ascend to Yuanjiajie by the world’s highest outdoor elevator, Bailong Elevator, which is built alongside a massive rock pillar. 335 meters, with just 66seconds, leaving the canyon below, you will find this ride short yet a memorable one. Then take a 6 minutes shuttle bus or 32 minutes hike to the main highlights in Yuanjiajie.
At Yuanjiajie area, forest of natural skyscrapers with incredible heights, sheer cliffs and peculiar shapes unfold in front of you. When the weather is humid, white and slow-motion of ‘cloud waterfall’ roll in around those sandstone pillars. The No. 1 Natural Stone Bridge, is a stone plate spanning two adjacent peaks, 357m above the canyon floor. 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. The spotlight will be given to a gravity defying pillar, Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. It is called the Southern Sky Pillar or the Heaven and Earth Column, but most people call it Avatar Hallelujah Mountain for having served as the inspiration of “Hallelujah Mountain” in the movie Avatar.
(40 MINS SHUTTLE BUS FROM YUANJIAJIE 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. Sea of cloud appears more often in this area, especially after the rain. 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.