Zhangjiajie Travel Guide

Yuanjiajie Scenic Spot


Yuanjiajie Scenic Spot is one of the four top parts of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which located in the northern part of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Yuanjiajie is also the essential tourist route which is famous for Avatar Mountain. Yuanjiajie is a natural platform that faces giant rocks rising from deep valleys and surrounded by higher mountains. Unique in their shapes and covered with pine trees, these rocks resemble a vivid Chinese painting.Main attraction spots include Back Garden, breath taking Mihun Stage and the First Bridge under the Sun,and Atatar Mountain in Yuanjiajie Scenic Spot.

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Yuanjaijie got the name after a people whose surname is Yuan in Tang Dynasty, the total area is more than 1,200 hectares, it is reputed as "48KM Yuanjiajie", the core area of Wulingyuan scenic spot of Zhangjiajie and is famous for its magnificence and mystery. More than 3,500m steep tour path strings the spots as The Back Garden, Enchanting Platform, Five Girls Going for Expedition, No.1 Natural Bridge in the World and etc. thus forms a charming picture scroll with best features of Zhangjiajie.

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Avatar Mountain

Avatar is a 2009 American science fiction epic. The film is set in the year 2154, when humans are mining a precious mineral called unobtanium on Pandora, a lush moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na'vi—a sentient humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The site was first visited by Hollywood photographers in 2008 and many pictures became the prototype for the hit movie “Avatar”. Standing 1074 meters above the sea level, the stunning peak is said to have inspired to create the floating “Hallelujah Mountains” on the fictional planet of Pandora.The Chinese tourist bosses has renamed this mountain to bring more tourist to the Zhangjiajie City. Zhangjiajie City is a relatively new name to China adopted in 1994 after the National Forest park in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area in order to give more prominence and after being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The name Zhangjiajie can be translated to “Zhang family homeland” from the three Chinese characters; Zhang being a common surname in China, Jia as family, and Jie as homeland.

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How to get there?

1. Hiking:  About 2 hours hiking up stairs from the scenic spot of Qianlixianghui (Meeting From Afar), in the middle site of the Golden Whip Stream,Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

2.By Bus: About 40 minutes dring by bus from He Long Park, Tianzi Mountain.

3.By Bailong Elevator: Only less 3 minutes by Bailong Elevator from bottom to up of the mountain. But the Elevator is very busy in tourism high seasons, especialy during Chinese National Day,1-7Oct, each year. Tourists have to get a long line and wait about 3hours at least.

constructed for monks in  search of isolation in order better to devote themselves to contemplation.