4-Day Tour to Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang Old Town from Guangzhou by Bullet Train and Flight
This 4-day tour will let you take flight and bullet train from Guangzhou to visit the stunning Zhangjiejie and old town of Fenghuang. You will climb up the picturesque Tianmen Gateway, Tianzi Mountain to view the prototype mountain of the movie AVATAR... etc.
Day 1. Guangzhou - Zhangjiajie by air
Today you will fly from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie. The flight information will be sent to you before the tour. You can go to the airport on your own and check in with your passport at Guangzhou Airport. Uopn arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel by your local guide. Zhangjiajie is a renown town for its spectacular national park, and you can enjoy your free time for the rest of the day.
Accommodate Pullman Hotel or equivalent
D2. Zhangjiajie (BL)
Today you will take one-hour ride to Zhangjiajie National Park where you will overlook the wonderful views by super elevator. The elevator takes 1.58 secondB to transport tourists from the bottom to the Yuanjiajie top exhibiting unbelievable and fantastic views. Enjoy the heaven and earth pillar unpredictable prototype mountain of the movie AVATAR directed by Jame Cameron on the Summit Sightseeing platform.
Afterwards you will move to visit Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve that offers a perfect location to have a panoramic picture. Known as 'the Monarch of the Peak Forest', Tianzi Mountain has four wonders the Sea ofClouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, the Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.
Later you will head to Shilihualang (10-Mile-Gallery) to explore. (One way by electric train; other way on foot for about 30 Minutes.)
Accommodate Pullman Hotel or equivalent
Meal: Breakfast and lunch
D3. Zhangjiajie-Fenghuang by car (BL)
Drive to Tianmen Mountain, then walk along the road leading to Gateway of Heaven. The glass walkway makes it so distinctive. You will take Tianmen Mountain Cableway to explore Tongtian Avenue (a way to Heaven), Tianmen Cave (Heaven Gateway), Tianmen Temple, Tianmen glass walkway, Ghost-valley plank road, and Yunmeng Fairy Summit. You will take a small cable to the main cable, then take the longest cableway in the world with a length of 7455 meters and elevation of 518 meters to go down.
(The round-way of the main cable and upper way for the small cable are included. If you take round-way small cable car, you will miss some sights.)
Afterwards you will take 3-hour ride to old town of Fenghuang which was built along the Tuo River with local wood. It is nice to wander around the well-preserved wooden houses. In the evening, the lights creates a wonderful world from the houses.
Accommodate guesthouse in the old town
Meal: Breakfast and lunch
D4. Fenghuang-Huaihua or Changsha-Guangzhou by car & bullet train (BL)
Free explore in the morning. After lunch, you will take one-hour ride to Huaihua to catch 5-hour bullet train back to Guangzhou. (You will take train from Changsha to Guangzhou if no train tickets available in Huaihua due to its limited trains.) Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to your Guangzhou hotel where the trip concludes.
Meal: Breakfast and lunch
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Surrounded by high mountains to the east, south and west, and by the Yangtze River on the north, it is largely low lying and wily in its central part, with the Dongting Lake plain in its north. Hunan has a humid subtropical monsoon climate, with humid summers, cold winters and abundant rainfall.
Blessed with the humid climate, Hunan province is boundless with sights. Established in 1982 as the first national forest park of China, Zhangiiajie National Forest Park is known for its unique landscape with lush forests dominated by quartzite sandstone pillars. Bubbling brooks and charming lakes wind around the area and connect giant caves. It was included on the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1992 for its unique "peak forests of quartz sandstone". And in 2004, it was recognized as one of the world's geological parks.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is home to 23 species of rare animals and over 3, 000 species of plants. 97% of the park is covered with plants thus, it is widely accepted as a giant botanic showcase and an oxygen bar. Quartz Sandstone Peak Forest and Karst Caves 40 constitute the outstanding landscape features of Zhangjiajie, queer peaks, deep valleys, peculiar rocks, tranquil water and beautiful forests. More than 3, 000 sandstone hills with various shapes are erecting on the wonderful land. In spring it is drowned by fragrance of brilliant flowers. In summer with cool wind, it is the great resort for leisure and relaxation. Mountains are decorated by red leaves and wild fruits in autumn whereas by glittering snow in winter. Different seasons show different sceneries in the park which also make it an ideal destination for tour and holiday.
Besides abundant natural resources, the park is also famous for its beautiful and unique scenery. There are many famous scenic spots in Hangjiajie, including the Baofeng Lake, the Huanglong Cave, known as Asia's largest cave, and many beautiful waterfalls and brooks.
72% of Zhangjiajie's 1. 62 million total population belong to ethnic minority groups, including Tujia, Bai and Miao nationalities.
Honored as "the most fantastic mountains under heaven" and "a living Chinese landscape painting", Zhangjiajie is a perfect combination of the beauty of Guilin, the grotesqueness of Mount Huang, Me peril of Mount Hua and the magnificence of Mount Tai. It is also widely acclaimed as "an enlarged potted landscaping", "a miniature fairyland" and "a maze of nature", attracting a growing number of tourists from home and abroad.
Fenghuang is located in the south of Hunan province with majority Miao ethnic group living there. There are about 42,000 population living on the wooden 2 or 3-sotoeys buildings along the beautiful Tuo River.
The small town preserves the traditional Miao people’s life and nice houses located by Tuo River, which become very popular after a novel that described stories happened here by Shencongwen who is a very well-known scholar.
The travelers can take a boat on the river, hike in the mountain, or sip a cup of win in the pubs, etc.
Not far from Fenghuang, there is a section of Great Wall built about 500 years ago in Ming Dynasty. You can view the similarity of the Wall with the one in northern China.
Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
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Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour