Chinese Name: 袁家界 Pronunciation: Yuánjiā Jiè
Average Elevation: 1,074 meters
Tourist Area: 12 square kilometers
Opening Hours: 07:30-17:00
Suggested Visiting Hours: 2-3 Hours
Address: In the north part of Zhangjiajie Forest Park in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.
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(Including tour bus)
(Including tour bus)
1. The admission ticket includes four scenic areas:Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Yangjiajie Scenic Area.
2. The ticket is valid within four days, and travelers with valid tickets can pay unlimited visits to the park within four days.
3. You can buy the 3-yuan insurance if you need.
1. Children under 14 years old(not including 14) with valid ID are free of charge;
2. Seniors over 65 years old(including 65) with valid ID are free of charge;
*The above policy is only subject to the common ticket.
It is located at the northern part of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Yuanjiajie is the core scenic area of Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. It covers an area of about 12 square kilometers and has an average elevation of 1074 meters. The east part is near the Golden Whip Stream and overlooks the Yaozi Village in the distance; the south is Huangshi Village, which connects to Tianbo House; It adjoins Tianzi Mountain to the west and Suoxiyu Valley to its north. Yuanjiajie is at the northern foot of Shandaogou(one valley). It is one vast and gentle mountain mainly composed of quartzite. It is another center of scenic attraction in Zhangjiajie Park. Entering Shandaogou from Zicao Pool of Golden Whip Stream on the left to arrive at Yuanjiajie, you can also go down to the Qianli Xianghui Rock(‘Qianli’ means thousands of miles and ‘Xianghui’ means meeting with one another person.) of Golden Whip Stream along the edge of Yuanjiajie platform,and you can also go to the Tianzi Mountain and Yangjiazhai from Yuanjiajie.
There are two routes from the foot of the mountain to Yuanjiajie. One is to walk along the middle section of the “Golden Whip Stream” and the “Chaotic Slope” to the “Back Garden”; the other way is to take the “World’s First Ladder”-Bailong Elevator down to the bottom. It only takes 66 seconds to go up to the mountain. It is easy and safe. Not only the elevator project is spectacular but also a magical picture at the moment when the elevator goes out of the shaft--one of the top ten scenic spots tightly lined up in front of you is amazing. The “gathering of gods and soldiers” is like an orderly and majestic guard of honor, waiting for your “inspection”. When you arrive at the top of the mountain by elevator, walking out of the station, and looking up, you will see a new and natural pastoral landscape which is like a painting from the sky as a mirage. Such is what we expected “pastoral in the sky”. However, the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area is geographically part of China’s first national forest park-- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Yuanjiajie is in the Wulingyuan scenic area center in Zhangjiajie from the geographical point of view. The Golden Whip Stream area owns the most beautiful valley, which is surrounded by water. Suoxiyu Valley is to its east, Yaozi Village to the south, Huangshi Village to the west, and Tianzi Mountain to the north. Standing on the Yuanjiajie scenic area’s viewing platform, people can see three thousand grotesque peaks in full view. They are majestic and beautiful with different shapes. In the bottom of the canyon, there are thousands of pinnacles, and stone pillars standing out. The stone is like a heroic general. The peak part is similar to a brave warrior. All of these are vividly displayed as if ready to come out.
The “Rocky Natural Bridge” is one of Zhangjiajie’s “Top Ten Scenic Spots” .It is also Yuanjiajie’s landmark attraction. It is a natural stone bridge formed between two mountains which initially were connected. The bridge body is a vital part of the connection between the two peaks. The middle stone is relatively weak because of weathering, collapse, effect of the sun and rain and being washed by running water, which is also the reason for the great marvel in the world today. The “Rocky Natural Bridge” is 2 meters wide and 5 meters thick. It has a span of more than 20 meters and a height of more than 300 meters. It is the natural stone bridge with the biggest vertical height difference found so far in the world.
This scenic spot is about 800 meters from the east of Yuanjiajie. There is a small road winding south to the Wuyanding platform. Standing on the platform and looking around, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain. The rocky peaks and stone pillars are like tables, chairs, buildings, and pavilions. Their shapes are strange and wonderful. The light clouds and mists always wreath around the mountains after the rain, and then the mountain peaks will disappear in the clouds and mists. It is like the crystal and jade mansions that are appearing and disappearing from time to time. For this reason, visitors are all obsessed with souls and forget where they stay, so the reputation of Mihun Stage is derived from that.
At the junction of middle flat and lower flat of Yuanjiajie. There is a hidden landscape called “Back Garden”. When tourists are walking down the cliff among the bamboo jungles, they will be stopped by a rock wall suddenly. It is difficult for you to find a way to go, when you are going to give up, you will find a full moon-shaped white stone garden and then pass through the door, dozens of strange peaks will stand out in the dark-green deep stream.
Goat village is opposite to the viewing platform of Back Garden. The village elevation is 949 meters with a relative height of more than 400 meters, and the top area is 30,000 square meters. The Goat Village was named because there are many wild goats. Three sides of the whole stone peak are cliffs on the east, west, and south respectively, with only one path available to go up from the north. On the top, there is a gentle and long stone beam facing east-west, which is nearly 500 meters long, 20-30 meters wide, and full of primitive secondary forests. Three small stone beams extend westward, 10-20 meters long, and 2-3 meters wide. On the front part, there are high-risk and strange viewing platforms. Standing on the platform, you can touch the clouds and have a bird’s eye view of the Golden Whip Stream and Shedao valley, like a ribbon looming in the green bushes of peaks and valleys. As you look around, you are surrounded by thousands of stone pinnacles like swords facing the forest, generals arranging the army and ancient towers racing to show themselves. The seven pairs of the stone peaks in the west are like seven couples, facing each other of each couple. During the Republic of China period, the village was a place of bandits, leaving the relics of defense door, fortresses, trenches, houses, wells, mortars, and mills there.
On January 25, 2010, the government officially renamed the “Southern Sky Column” (also known as Qiankun Column) in Zhangjiajie into “Hallelujah Mountain” in honor of the movie Avatar. On that day, hundreds of indigenous residents and tourists from home and abroad witnessed the name changing ceremony. “Southern Sky Column” is one of the “Three Thousand Marvelous Peaks” in Zhangjiajie, and it is at the southern part of Yuanjiajie scenic area in Wulingyuan of World Natural Heritage Site. It has an elevation of 1074 meters with a vertical height of about 150 meters. Besides, its shape is peculiar as if cut by a knife and split by an axe.
The vertical height of Bailong Elevator is 335 meters, with the operating height about 326 meters. It is composed of a 154-meter shaft inside the mountain and a 172-meter steel structure derrick. 50 passengers for one elevator each time, the running speed is 3 meters per second. The three elevators run simultaneously with a round-trip capacity of carrying 4000 passengers per hour. The construction of Bailong Elevator achieves the goal of “traveling on the mountain, living at the foot of the mountain” and guarantees the transportation, furthermore introduces the attractions First Bridge Under the Sun, Mihun Stage, Wulong Village, Yangjiajie, etc. to the world. Besides, it integrates the essential tourist routes such as Tianzi Mountain, Yuanjiajie, and Golden Whip Stream, which solves the traffic problem that has plagued the scenic spot for many years.
Take the sightseeing elevator to Yuanjiajie from the Shuirao Simen landscape in the core area of Zhangjiajie→take a tour bus to reach the center of Yuanjiajie→enjoy the surrounding scenery on Mihun Stage→and then go to Rocky Natural Bridge→ Wulong Village→return to the Bailong Elevator site to go down the mountain→Avatar Film Set-jetting→Golden Whip Stream→Huangshi Village→Hallelujah Mountains
You need to take bus in the city center bus station(near to strain station).
Take the special-line bus for Wulingyuan Bus Station. It takes about 50 minutes. The bus ticket price is 12 yuan. Then you can go to Wujiayukou ticket station on foot or take Bus No.1 or 2. It is about 2 kilometers.
Take the special-bus for Forest Park Ticket Station. Get off at the terminus. It takes about 45 minutes. The bus ticket price is 12 yuan.
Chinese: 请带我去袁家界。English: Please take me to Yuanjiajie.
If you go to Yuanjiajie from Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport, it takes about 1 hour (about 100 yuan).
If you go to Yuanjiajie from Zhangjiajie Train station, it takes about 70 minutes (about 100 yuan).
If you go to Yuanjiajie from Zhangjiajie West Train station, it takes about 1 hour (about 90 yuan).