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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Travel Update Summer 2020: Most destinations, sites and parks reopened with limitations. Check the official websites and read our crucial ‘BEST TIME TO GO' and ‘AVOIDING THE CROWDS’ tips:


When Is the Best Time 

When to go? It depends on what you’re looking for. Every season is different. Read on for the best tips to plan your visit:

Avoiding Tourist Crowds

Expect a busy National Park year-round except for winter (mid-November/December - February). The main season is from May until October with most tourists and highest rates. Heaviest crowds in July/August. A sweet spot month with mild climate but without heavy crowds is early-November until mid-November. Otherwise, March/April are considered months without massive crowds.

Insider Tip: There are several tips to avoid crowds year-round. A very nice and detailed information from a hiking point of view can be found here at TripAdvisor (close the pop-up and scroll down): Itinerary for Hikers to Avoid the Crowds  

Weather Details


December - February (Winter): It’s usually cold and chilly. The average temperature is 7°C (45°F). Often snow, and tracks can be frozen, which makes even short walks on the top dangerous. However, it’s possible there are still some good days in the first half of December. During winter months there are virtually no tourist crowds. That means you can enjoy an amazing scenery during days with pleasant weather. In February the park is closed for 1 week.

March - April (Spring): First months with more tourists but still not high season. Mild temperatures: Up to 21°C (70°F) in April, which is a beautiful month and excellent for photography: Flowers are blooming, the forest in is full of vigor, leaves are verdant

May - August (Summer): Peak season. Temperatures climb to an average of 29°C (84°F) in August. The wet season, with most rain in May/June/July. However, some tourists don’t mind the rain: It creates an enchanting atmosphere with mountains surrounded by mist.

September - October (Autumn): Still high season but usually comfortable weather and less rain than in summer months. Temperatures 20-28°C (68-82°F)

November (Winter): Fewer tourists and still comfortable temperatures and even less rain. Beautiful autumn leaves. Some say from early-November until mid-November is one of the best times.

National Holidays: Avoid the national holidays at all cost. Even more crowds and highest rates:

  • Chinese Spring Festival (New Year): Late Jan/early Feb
  • International Labor Day: May 01 to 03
  • National Day: Oct 01-07 (the heaviest crowds of all and highest rates)
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Review and Tips 

The stunning mountains in China’s Zhangjiajie National Park are like gigantic pillars and give an illusion of floating mountains. It was an inspiration for the movie Avatar. The magical landscape of this National Park offers some gorgeous views of densely forested mountains and meandering rivers. Fascinating animals that inhabit the park are rhesus monkeys, giant salamanders, golden pheasants and much more.

You should plan at least 2-3 days for a visit. The easiest place to stay is Wulingyuaninyuan: You are just steps from the entrance to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park while staying in this tourist town.

Check also Tianmen Shan for more information




Jan 14, 2016

Zhangjiajie is the most beautiful place to visit, we went in June and the weather was good,we did not see a lot of the sun but it was very warm. The area as so many scenic parks ..we stayed in Wulingyuan which was about an hours drive from the main city and it was worth it as there was so many places to visit, but you must go to the main city if you want to see the heavenly gate which again is amazing, a beautiful and long cable car ride up to the mountain which takes the good part of nearly an hour, then you can go on the walkways round the mountain, the glass walkway is a must.from then we took the cable car down and half we got off to catch a bus to the gate which is at the top of a amazing winding road ..there you have the chance to climb the very many steps to the top...but while we were there they were in the process of constructing a life and another walkway to the gate so you did't have to use the bus or cable car to get to the top....Last year was my second visit to China and I all I can say is "It's a beautiful country with so much to see" We hope to go back again .but next year (2016) Vietnam and Cambodia call :)

Feb 21, 2019

We went to the Zhangjiajie park in early September. The temperature was really nice. We stayed for 4 full days. One day we visited the holy mountain Tianmen Shan (described in another article), the other 3 full days we spend in the national park. You have to buy an entrance ticket which allows you 4 full days in the park. The first day we took a bus from Wulinyuan (where we slept 3 nights) to the Glass Bridge. It is about 1-hour driving, and it goes directly to the Glass Bridge. Our hostel bought the tickets for the same day online, and we could show them the code on our mobile. It was very nice to see this famous bridge in real, It was a bit crowded, full of Chinese taking pics and selfies. After half an hour we finally had a better view of the bottom.

The next two days we fully spend in the park. The small minibusses that take you to several points in the park are included in the ticket. At the entrance, it can get a bit crowded by Chinese tour groups but do not worry. The Chinese don't walk. They only go to the viewpoints, take about 50 selfies (not interested in nature itself) and take an electric car to the next point.
We walked for two days, 42 kilometers in total. As soon as you leave the viewpoints, it will get less crowded until you are the only ones.

The first day we took a cable car up, which is quite long and steep, about 7 kilometers, and went to various viewpoints and walked down all the way till the fairy stream. There are a lot of monkeys there.
The second day we went up by the Bailong Elevator which takes you straight up the mountain. From there we saw different spots and viewpoints and hiked down a very very long hike. But we made it!