Zhangjiajie is located in the heart of China's Hunan province. It comprises of the district of Yongding. Within it is located Wulingyuan Scenic Area which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 as well as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. The Hollywood film director found inspiration for his movie Avatar in Zhangjiajie.
The place is just something amazing...truly spectacular...just out of this world.
1. You can take flights to the tiny Zhangjiajie Airport from Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing and a few other cities- best to book in advance because flights are limited (e.g. from Shenzhen it is one or two flights a week), and they only operate a tiny A320 aircraft here (with around 185 seats) so seats are limited and it can be expensive.
2. Hotels are relatively cheap, but during national day holidays may be expensive. There are hostels inside the national park; however, you may need to book in advance. Cost per night can be anything around 200 RMB (USD $40 per night).
3. The cost of entrance to the park at the time of writing was 245 RMB (approx. USD $50) for a 4 day pass (you can come and go back inside the park everyday).
4. Be prepared to walk a lot. There are free shuttle buses, but only between certain point and they can get very crowded - the rest of the time you will be hiking for hours. Also bear in mind the hot, sticky and humid weather. I had my backpack on me, so I hiked everywhere with 12KG on my back! It can be a good exercise but to climb up and then down constantly is not for you if you have not walked or are not in a position to walk for long period. It can and does get very tiring. Public toilets are available, but just bear in mind that they are not clean/maintained well, and usually you have to take your own tissue, soap (wet tissue) and water because toilets are not equipped like they are in the West.
5. If you can then take your own bottled water (and plenty of it!) before you enter the park. Outside the park you can get a water bottle for 2 RMB, but inside the park you can get it for 10 RMB.
The Bailong Elevator (Chinese: 百龙) is a glass elevator built onto the side of a huge cliff in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China that is 1,070 feet (330 m) high. On 16 July 2015 the elevator was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest outdoor lift.: Photo Copyright Navjot Singh
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