An Ethereal Escape to Zhangjiajie
“A line once spoken by Gustav Flaubert says”travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”. No other place on earth can evoke such feelings than Zhangjiajie. While other places might entice you with a perfect view of the beach, or a retreat in the mountains, the peaks of Zhangjiajie will take you to another dimension, ethereal and sublime. You just have to see it for yourself.
Before the Flock of Tourists
For thousands of years, this piece of heaven on earth was virtually unknown to the outside world except to its local inhabitants, the Tujia, Miao and Bai ethnic minorities. It wasn’t even called by its name today until 1994 after its Wulingyuan Scenic Area was inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site. In order to give it more prominence, the old name Dayong was changed to Zhangjiajie, literally translated as Zhang’s familial homeland.
Undeniable Ethereal Beauty
Despite the long travel one has to take to get to the city, the enchanting beauty of Zhangjiajie was difficult to conceal forever. In 2009, a blockbuster Hollywood movie was released featuring one of the most iconic movie sets, the Hallelujah Mountains, inspired by no less than Zhangjiajie’s Heavenly Pillars.
Boundless Celestial Attractions
Located in the northwest part of Hunan province, Zhangjiajie is blessed with as many as 243 peaks and more than 3000 karst pinnacles and spires of quartzite-sandstone formations without equal anywhere else in the world. The Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area is an example. When viewing at the best time of the day while the early morning mountain mist surrounds the peaks, the view is heavenly.
But aside from the Tianzi Mountain, there are also several attractions within the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park that will immerse you in natural wonders and awe. The Tiananmen Mountain, Golden Whip Stream, and Yellowstone Stronghold are a few of these must-see sites.
A feast to the eyes and the heart is the 10-mile Nature Gallery that will open you to enchanting sceneries of the mountains, beautiful flowers, and hundreds of birds. No surprise because Zhangjiajie is also home to more than 3000 distinct plant species and a diverse fauna.
After a soul-rejuvenating visit to the depths of nature, never leave the city without a visit to Fenghuang Ancient Town. The name literally translates Phoenix as legend has it that two of the mythical birds hover over the town and found it so mesmerizing that they were reluctant to leave. The town has over 1300 years worth of history and has a feel of mystical elegance and primitive simplicity completing your otherworldly experience of the unforgettable Zhangjiajie.
If you are already dreaming of a holiday to the magical city, you will probably like our carefully curated Zhangjiajie Tour Packages. You get the best of what the city has to offer without the stress of arranging transfers and fees. We will take care of everything and leave you to enjoy Zhangjiajie’s ethereal beauty.