Well, we decided to spend our afternoon in Zhangjiajie hoping that we could find something cool to do. We found these stairs leading up to a temple, went there and took these other stairs leading up to this monument. it was really neat! The view from the monument was a lot better and the stairs just a small preparation for the stairs of...more
As this "monument" is really close to the temple, we decided to go there as well. You have the choice of really steeps stairs in the hot sun or the stairs in the shade which also lead up to the temple. We chose the shaded stairs. The monument itself is not so spektacular, but the view is really nice. I asume one can also take the steep steps (also...more
In preparation to the hiking we would do in Tainmenshan we dicided to hike up to the temple in Zhangjiajie. The stairs leading there were abundant but at least in the shade (as it was summer and we had very hight temperatures!).I would love to say you could see all of Zhangjiajie from the temple, but there were many shrubs and trees in the way. But...more
We decided to see what Zhangjiajie hat to offer (as we were train-lagged and didn't feel like making a trip to Wulingyuan).This old town is really close to the Puguang temple and the pedestrian street. Most local mapsshould have it on it. It's a brilliant opportunity for wonderful China pictures!We were there in the summer and most shops were...more
It is possible to stay in a "Tuo" minority's home inside the park and hence you can explore the whole area in two or three days. I stayed there in 2007 for two days but my guide does not speak English.Hiking in the mountain area is a very pleasant experience. The road is good and well-maintained. There are also shuttle bus traveling around.more
Probably the best known single panorama at Zhangjiajie, the Emperor's Writing Brushes at Tianzishan are a breathtaking sight, spread along a valley. They do look like fifty paintbrushes sticking up from the forest floor and the mist creates an eery effect. This area is best seen in the morning (as the sun is behind you).more
Tianmensan has recently opened as a National Park, although there has been access for a long time to the Tianmen archway which lies on one side of the mountain. The new area is the "plateau" at around 1200 metres and reached by the Tianmenshan Cable Car.The mountain is not on the intinerary of most tour groups so is considerably quieter than the...more
Opened in December 2005, the ride takes 31 minutes along the 7km up to the Tianmenshan, although not to the peak which is reachable on foor to the north from the top of the cable car.The cable car ride starts in the suburbs of Zhangjiajie City, on the south bank of the river. The ride up is pleasant, swooping over the city, the railway (and the new...more
In December 2005, a 7km long cable-car route replaced the buses that used to wind their way up the "99 Bends" to the Tianmenshan, the huge brooding mountain that hangs precariously above the airport. The mountain is best known for the natural arch, 137m high that became famous in 1999 when aircraft taking part in the World Aerobatics Championships...more
This elevator was one of the facilities that has really angered many scientists and tourism specialists who cited it as being one of the most unnecessary tourism facilities in history. The 326 metre elevator runs for two-thirds of its height down the outside of a cliff and the lower third through the rock, ending in a damp cavern. A long tunnel...more
In one or two places, the tourism people have simply runs out of superlatives and have erected signs that say, simply "Amazing View" or "Amazing Scenery". There's something in the Chinese psyche that seems to need to be told how to react to events. Like when Chinese friends say "I'm going to cook you a delicious meal". My inward reaction, because...more
This is now the prime high-level walk. The cable car to the east in Zhangjiajie broke down in 1997 and cannot, it seems, be fixed. The French company that built it went bankrupt. So the old high level walk is accessible only on foot - a good reason to do it if you can climb 300 metres. Perhaps best left to a season when the temperature is not 38...more
The hotel was nice - there was no pool, though. thinking we selected a cool hotel with a pool we...more
The 4-star Kaitian Hotel is a drab modern hotel in Wulingyuan Village, so most convenient for...more
Huajuan Road, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, 427400, China
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Hunan cusine is known as spicy , if I may add ,I think , it's heavey as well. Everywhere I went , dishes just can't go without red peppers! Luckily, this Canton belly of mine was diverse enough to handle these, as a matter of fact , I found it amazing. I hit on this little place twice, after long exciting hiking hours from Mt. when I felt I was...more
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You can purchase extremely cheap firewoiks in China over the Lunar New Year holidays. Prices range from RMB2-20 for a medium size firecracker. You can purchase the RMB200 for a firecracker that is 3' tall!
Very small airport, and most flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing are late at night.The airport terminal building is old, but well laid out, but passengers are all bused to the aircraft.The airport is close to Zhangjiajie city but 40km from the start of the mountain reserve. The city used to be called Dayong (hence the IATA 3 letter code of...more
This is the famed medicinal shop that originated in Beijing and has opened many branches around mainland China. This particular shop offers free foot reflexology for 1/2 hour.
What to buy: You can buy the special herbal package for soaking your feet for special healing powers for RMB200 (80 packages inside).
If you're not a fan of spicy foods, Hunan province may be not to your liking. People here eat everything laced with hot peppers or sprinkled with black pepper. Even the instant noodles are mostly chilli flavoured!
An hour later, my guide who had defiantly said that she was a total aetheist, received a phone call offering her an opportunity to travel to Beijing, Xi’an and Inner Mongolia as a lead tour guide. She had been talking a lot about how her dream was to travel to other places. We should have world peace by next Tuesday at this rate.I walked away from...more
I am a bit jaded by temples. I have either visited, inspected or assessed more than one hundred of them in the last six months, and like karst scenery there is such a thing as “too much temple”. But no matter how many temples you have visited, you are in for a real treat at the Puguang Chan Temple at the heart of Zhangjiajie City (in Jiefang Lu,...more
There is a really fabulous little museum dedicated to the Tujia minority in Zhangjiajie City, in a traditional house, although it was built in 1991. A local philanthropist set it all up and donated his substantial collection of paintings, artefacts, furniture and embroideries to the museum. It sees Korean visitors but rarely do Chinese or foreign...more
At the northern end of the Golden Whip Stream Walk is a short stretch of path which has been designed to exercise other muscles. There is a 50 metre length of path where the visitor is invited to remove their shoes and socks and walk along the cobbles to massage their weary feet. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh......Great!
There are standard tours which make use of the natural links between places. Tianzishan, Yuangjiajie and Bailong on the eastern side of the park make a natural full day's excursion. You get up by the cable-car and descend later in the day by the world's weirdest elevator. If you want to avoid the cable-car (RMB53 one-way) it is possible to walk up...more
I prefer to guide myself around places in China, but Zhangjiajie is the kind of place where having things arranged for you and having a tour guide saves a lot of time and effort.Local guided tours vary in quality. Tour guides generally know their way around, the names of key rock formations and not much else.If you want to get off the beaten track,...more