Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Why is Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon So Special?

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan province is a “National AAAA Tourist Attraction” with eye-pleasing natural sceneries. In this tourist spot, you can even try the longawaited world longest and highest glass bridge that is regarded as the “12 Most Spectacular Bridges in the World” by CNN to be a bold one and admire the panoramic view of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with green forests, waterfalls, streams, etc. Moreover, you will be dazzled with the multiple types of waters and lush plants that form a heaven on earth and will drive all your annoyance far away.

Brief Introduction of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (Chinese name: 张家界大峡谷) is located in Sanguan Township, Cili County, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. It is quite closed to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Wulingyuang Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a recently-developed natural wonderland that is famous for beautiful natural landscape and cultural sites. It incorporates green mountains, mild streams, intrigued caves, steep cliffs, and thick forest. Here is the museum of landform of Zhangjiajie. You can see the unique Karst topography scenery of the North Temperate Zone.

What to Do in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge (Boliqiao)

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge (张家界玻璃桥), or Glass Bridge in Zhangjiajie, is the “world highest and longest glass bridge” with the full length of 430 m and a respectively height of about 400 m above the valley bottom, which has regarded as a model of international bridge construction with 10 WORLD MOST prizes. Also, for the great design of Haim Dotan from Israel and the long-term effort of the constructors, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge has been regarded as the “12 Most Spectacular Bridges in the World” by CNN. As a result, a lot of tourists want to go to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon to admire this magnificent bridge and walk on it. After strict tests and trials, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge has finally been opened on August 1, 2016 and has gained another name of Yuntian Du (云天渡) to mean the way for people under heaven.

Note: travellers who want to only experience the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge without sightseeing of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon are required to visit the bridge after 15:30.

High Ladder Raised Walkway (Tianti Zhandao)

High Ladder Raised Walkway (天梯栈道) in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon means the walkway up to the sky, because it was built with more than 1600 stone steps in an especially narrow and steep form. This man-made way looks very precipitous, but is safe enough to walk up. Climbing up to the highest spot, you will feel a little tired. However, the feeling of walking up to the sky is really special and will push you to continue.

Holy Spring Valley

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon suddenly becomes narrower in the Holy Spring Valley or called Shenquanxia (神泉峡). This long valley has extremely beautiful sightseeing. You can walk on the stone way to admire the luxuriant view along and the clear jade-like water running with the soft mists, which is just like the abode of the immortals in China. Besides, there are multiple waterfalls coming done from the mountains in diverse shapes, which will cool you down and drive the urban stress away.

Nuokeli Slideway

Nuokeli Slideway (诺克里滑道) of about 600 m long is built between Yixiantian, Nanfang Hongqi Qu (南方红旗渠) and Gudi Zhandao (谷底栈道), divided into 2 parts. If you are tired to walk to the next attraction, you can choose this slideway or called toboggan of 45 cm deep and 50 cm wide to save energy and about 20 min for the following tour. Moreover, you can take it to admire the sightseeing of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon while getting the exciting feeling of fast sliding down within 3 to 5 min.

Best time to visit Zhangjiajie

Generally April through Mid-November is a good time to visit Zhangjiajie. April and October are the two best months to visit Zhangjiajie. The best time to view the red leaves and fall foliage in Zhangjiajie ranges from later October to Mid-November. The weather in spring of Zhangjiajie is pleasant.

How to Get to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)

If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

Independent Travel

The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie is located at Sanguansi Township of Cili County, next to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area.

1. From Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station, take a bus to Wenya Hot Spring and get off at the canyon.
2. From Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station, take a bus to Wulingyuan; and then transfer to the bus to the Grand Canyon, or the bus to Cili County and get off at the Canyon. It takes around 1h.
3. From Wulingyuan Bus Station, take a bus to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon or the bus to Cili and get off at the canyon. It takes no more than 20 minutes.

Useful Travel Tips

  1. Try to avoid visiting during Golden Week and summer holidays.
  2. To ensure safety, the bridge might be closed at short notice when weather becomes extreme.
  3. Visitors are only allowed to bring their wallets and mobile phones with cases on the bridge.
  4. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  5. Wearing high – heeled shoes is not permitted on the bridge.
  6. Tickets
    Entrance Fee Ticket A for the Grand Canyon: CNY 118  plus insurance fee of CNY 3;
    Ticket B for the canyon and Glass Bridge: CNY 219 plus insurance fee of CNY 3;
    Ticket C for the Glass Bridge:  CNY 138 plus insurance fee of CNY 3;
    Free for children under 1.3m (4.3 feet).

    Cable car to the Glass Bridge: CNY 35
    Skidway: CNY 22
    Rope line: CNY 30

    Note: For those planning to visit the Glass Bridge, please book a ticket beforehand, because the ticket is not available on spot. Valid ID certificate like passport is required for purchasing the ticket.

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Edited by Bella Ren/任新月