Aug 06

The Ultimate Guide to Zhangjiajie

Imperial Pen Peak of Zhangjiajie

Imperial Pen Peak of Zhangjiajie

Most people visit the likes of Beijing, Shanghai, the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors when they go on a holiday to China, but not many people know as much about Zhangjiajie and its stunning beauty.

Zhangjiajie, for those that don’t know much about it, is an area in the northwest of the Hunan province in China and is renowned for being an area of outstanding beauty and for having breath-taking scenery.

Here is a guide about Zhangjiajie and what you should see and what you can expect to see during a visit to the area.

Why is Zhangjiajie so special?

Zhangjiajie is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was also given “World Geological Park” status in 2004.

This is for good reason as Zhangjiajie is not only China’s first-ever national forest park, but is also home to over 3,000 striking limestone pillars. The park also boasts beautiful gorges, streams, waterfalls, natural bridges and caves.

The forest park is also a popular destination for travellers who love wildlife as the site is home to a number of endangered animals and plants.

What are the main attractions in Zhangjiajie?

Wulingyuan Scenic Area is just north of Zhangjiajie and is a hugely popular destination with holidaymakers the world over. Wulingyuan is where some of the most iconic mountains, valleys, caves and forests are and this area has been dubbed as “fairyland” by many of its visitors.

Tianzi Mountain Reserve is a part of the Wulingyuan region and is another area that just has to be explored. Tianzi Mountain offers stunning views of surrounding peaks and the forests down below to those brave enough to walk up it.

Golden Whip Stream in Zhangjiajie is beautiful and the 4.7-mile long stream is renowned for its pristine waters. The stream is surrounded by spectacular steep cliffs and pretty green mountains, which often leave visitors in awe of its natural beauty.

Zhangjiajie’s history

If the natural beauty does not impress you then the history of the area certainly will as the region can be traced back to the Neolithic Age.

Zhangjiajie is also home to three main ethnic minorities; the Tujia, Bai and Miao. In total there are an estimated 29 minority groups that live in the region and travellers often get to experience the different cultures of these groups – from their different clothes to their different foods.


Despite the region being very mountainous it is surprisingly easy to travel to and around the area. Zhangjiajie has had many new roads built and a recently-built superhighway. There is the ever expanding Zhangjiajie Lotus Airport and the improved train routes, which means travelling to the area is a lot easier than it used to be.


This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of Wendy Wu Tours, who offer a range of affordable China holidays, that include trips to see the beautiful Zhangjiajie region, Beijing and Shanghai.

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