Zhangjiajie Best Spots – Find out about the Best time to visit Zhangjiajie!
​​​Last Update: 19th June 2019
What are the Best Spots in Zhangjiajie ?
Zhangjiajie is well-known for Yuanjiajie, the shooting location of Avatar in China and even around the world. Would you like to know the best spots in Zhangjiajie? Find out more below to see what the best spots in Zhangjiajie are.​
In 1992, Wulingyuan Scenic Area was declared as the World Natural Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It consists of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve and Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park features more than 3,000 peaks with different appearances. It offers spectacular views. The forest coverage rate is up to 98%. There are a variety of plants and wildlife in the park. You could explore Yuanjiejie, hike along Golden Whip Stream, Yangjiajie, and Wulong Village in the park.
Suoxiyu Nature Reserve offers 8 spots to visit. The highlights there are Ten-mile Gallery, Baofeng Lake, Huanglong Cave, and Shuirao Simen. If you enjoy hiking, you could hike along the Ten-mile Gallery to appreciate 200 peaks in different shapes. You may encounter hundreds of wild monkeys at the end of the gallery. Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve offers the following spots to explore, Laowuchang, Huanglong Spring, South Heaven Gare, Yubi Peak, Kongzhong Tianyuan, Xianren Bridge, and Helong Park. The mountain features breathtaking views after the rain. After the rain, peaks are surrounded and hidden in fog. On the very early morning of sunny days, it also offers the stunning sunrise when the sun rises from the peaks.

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Tianmen Mountain

Lying around 8 kilometers from Zhangjiajie City, Tianmen Mountain has the longest mountain passenger cableway in the world. With a length of 7,455 meters, the cableway takes you from the foot to the top of the mountain. The mountain winding road is around 11 kilometers long. There are altogether 99 turns. It looks like a ribbon on the mountain.


​Guigu Plank Road is 3.2 kilometers long, built along the face of a cliff. Walk on it and you may feel your adrenaline rises fast.

What to expect at the Li River Cruise?

The Li River Cruise is divided into two types. One is the big boat cruise and the other one is the private Li River motorized raft cruise.

Available for all ages (and heights!), the big boat Li River Cruise lasts for around 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. The period of time just depends on the water level in the Li River. Take the big boat and you’ll enjoy all of the stunning scenic point along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo. The river turns 90 degrees at the Cattle Valley with the Green Lotus Rock, Bat Rock and rocks in other shapes. Expecting Husband Rock looks as if a women with a baby on the back is expecting the return of husband. The Crown Cave is also located by the Li River. But the boat doesn’t stop during the cruise.

When the boat arrives at Yangdi, you’ll be amazed at the natural beauty. The section between Yangdi to Xingping has the most amazing highlights to enjoy. Wave Stone Legend, Fairy Pull the Mill, Xialong Scenery, Nine-horse Fresco Hill, the background of 20 RMB note – Reflection of Yellow Cloth all are situated there.

There are 3 types of big cruise boats departing at 09:00, 09:20, 09:30 and 09:40 from Guilin to Yangshuo, 3-star, 4-star and 4.5-star cruise boats. With the simple Chinese packaged lunch and the lowest pricing, the 3-star boat is the most popular among domestic Chinese tourists. Always, the foreign tourists prefer to take the 4-star and the 4.5-star boat with the Chinese buffet lunch. And the lunch on the 4.5-star boat is much richer than that on the 4-star boat. Usually, the pricing of tickets on the 4.5-star boat is the highest. Usually, the big cruise boats operate daily. There is Lower Deck, Upper Deck and VIP Seating on the 4-star and 4.5-star boats. There are also 3-star and 4-star return cruise boats from Yangshuo to Yangdi. The 3-star return cruise boat just offers the simple Chinese packaged lunch onboard while the 4-star return cruise boat offers the Chinese buffet afternoon tea onboard as it usually departs at 13:00 from Yangshuo pier. As the boat runs upstream, the cruise lasts for 4 hours as well. It offers the most stunning scenic spots along the river. Usually, the return cruise is unavailable from November to February due to the very low water level. When it will be available again just depends on the rainfall in Yangshuo.

The private Li River motorized raft cruise is appropriate for those who don’t want to spend so much time on the Li River. But the pregnant women, children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) and the elder above 70 years old (70 years old included) are not permitted to take it due to safety concerns.

​The private cruise can just accommodate 4 passengers. It runs along two sections on the river. One is between Yangdi and Nine-horse Fresco Hill and the other one is between Nine-horse Fresco Hill and Xingping. Whether the private cruise is available is subject to the water level in the Li River. 

Acclaimed as “the museum of Zhangjiajie’s landform”, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a combination of mountains, water, caves and lakes. A plank road is over the stream in the canyon. Tourists could admire the natural beauty along the road.


It is home to various species of birds, monkeys and vegetation. The longest and highest glass bridge is in the area. It takes at least 2 hours to explore the canyon. You could take a toboggan downhill through forests. The toboggan way is some 600 meters long.

Best time to enjoy the Li River Cruise?

It is safer to enjoy the cruise from October to March and in May, July and August as it rains a little in Yangshuo.


How to get to the Li River Cruise?

There is no direct bus from Guilin city to the pier in Guilin. The only option is to rent a vehicle to the pier (the pier for the 3-star cruise is called Mopanshan Pier and the pier for the 4-star and 4.5-star cruises is Zhujiang Pier). For the private rafting, there are piers in Yangdi and Xingping.


Additional Li River Cruise Advice

  • As at 4th October 2020, the return cruise from Yangshuo to Yangdi is available & operating. It typically operates between April to October. The same applies for the Yangshuo to Guilin return cruises.
  • There are one or two vegetarian dish options on the 4-star and 4.5-star boats. If you are vegetarian, it is suggested that you have lunch at the very first beginning as some meat may drop into the vegetables when other passengers pick it.
  • There is a security check at the pier just like that at the airport. It is recommended that you arrive at the pier 30 minutes at least in advance.
  • All types of tickets on the 4-star and 4.5 star boats are capped with the same pricing due to the accounting reason. But the actual pricing is higher than that on the ticket.
  • For the Private Li River Cruise Rafts, persons over 65 years of age and under 120 cms tall are not permitted on-board.

Baofeng Lake Scenic Area is composed of Baofeng Lake and Yingwo Village. It is surrounded by green mountains around the year. It is 72 meters deep and 2.5 meters long. Enjoying cruise on the lake is the most popular activity in the area. You could also appreciate dancing and singing of Tujia people on the cruise boat. Alternatively, hiking through the forests is also a great choice to appreciate the natural beauty there. You will know some customs of Tujia People at the folk park.

Huanglong Cave is one of the highlights in Zhangjiajie. The cave consists of water caves and dry caves. It is 4-layer cave. There are 2 underground rivers, 3 underground waterfalls, 4 ponds, 13 halls and 96 corridors in the discovered area in the cave. The total length is 7.5 kilometers. You could admire amazing stalagmites, stone flowers, stone curtains, stone pillars, stone pearls and stone corals in the cave.

Located around 85 kilometers southwest of Zhangjiajie, Furong Old Town offers Tujia style buildings built around waterfalls. Some of the hanging builds are located by the cliff. Wangcun Waterfall is a highlight in the town. At the entrance of the waterfall, there is a cave.


​You could admire the waterfall from different angles in the cave. The Tusi Palace near the waterfall stands out among the local buildings due to its magnificent decoration. Night views at the town are breathtaking as well. They are very ideal for photography purposes.

Qingxiu Mountain ​Interested in enjoying yourself in a quiet environment with lush and green plants and colorful flowers in Nanning? Qingxiu Mountain is a famous local park offering visitors and locals alike a variety of gardens and entertainment facilities to enjoy in Nanning.
Guangxi Museum
​Are you interested in learning the history and culture of Guangxi Province? The best place to start is by visiting Guangxi Museum which offers a variety of antique collections including minority antiques, ceramics, tea culture and more!
South Lake Park
​Located in the central downtown area of Nanning City, South Lake Park offers a flush green park with quiet surrounding in the center of Nanning. The park has no corresponding entrance fee and is a popular place for locals to relax in the middle of the city.
Yiling Cave
​Situated only 18 kms from Nanning City, the Yiling Cave is a famous karst cave, locally known as “the Underground Palace”. The cave features stalactites, stalagmites, stone flowers and stone pillars with different shapes.
Yangmei Ancient Town
​With a history of over 1,000 years, Yangmei Ancient Town has the best-preserved old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Within the town, there are over 700 buildings of that kind, including residents, docks and estates are dotted around Yangmei Town.
Bama Longevity Village
​As a settlement for ethnic minorities, Bama Longevity Village enjoys a good reputation around the world. With the unique natural environment, exceptional air and one-of-a-kind spring water, it has raised countless the most centurions within an area, worldwide.
Detian Waterfalls
​Would you like to know why several former US presidents had spoken highly of the Reed Flute Cave after visiting it? It features its own unique charm, which some consider to be distinct from any other attractions in the world!
Tongling Grand Canyon
​Situated 29 kms from the Detian Waterfalls, Tongling Grand Canyon offers waterfalls in caves, underground rivers, old trees, ancient hanging coffins, streams and primeval vegetation. It is also home to more than 2,000 types of plants.
Quyang Lake
​Located 28 kilometers northwest of Jingxi, Quyang Lake is ideal for photographing the stunning sunset. This is a man-made reservoir with incredible scenery featuring tens of peaks standing in the lake, this attraction offers a unique view to appreciate.
Baimo Cave
​Baimo Cave is located 30 kilometers from Bama Town and is considered to be one of the main highlight in Bama. The karst cave offers four different ‘palaces’ (caverns) as well as several sinkholes on which stands cliffs and tens of stone pillars with heights of up to 80 meters!
Interested in the Best spots in Zhangjiajie ?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours in Zhangjiajie, among other cities and areas. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.

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