In the morning, your driver will drive you to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, 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.
(20 MINS SHUTTLE BUS FROM WULINGYUAN ENTRANCE TO BAILONG ELEVATOR)
Start from Yuanjiajie, you will ascend the mountain by the world’s highest outdoor elevator.
Bailong Elevator is built alongside a massive rock pillar. You will take about 66 seconds to go up an elevation of 335 meters. Leaving the canyon below, reaching 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 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. On your way, you will encounter the biggest highlight 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. Moving on to Yuanjiajie Village, the prototype of Pandora village, is a village of Tujia people up on the sheer mountain. No longer in its original form, you can still see their traditional cultures and lifestyles through performances and exhibitions.
(40 MINS SHUTTLE BUS FROM YUANJIAJIE TO TIANZI MOUNTAIN)
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.
You will encounter some highlights on your way in Tianzi Mountain Reserve.
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. Helong Park, which is built in commemoration of Helong marshal, one of the founders of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Find out more about him as you stroll down the path in this park.Shentangwan, most mysterious place in National Forest Park, is a deep depression filled with sandstone pillars and primeval forest. Go near the depression, you can hear growling and howling of wind in the valley 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.