How To Visit The Avatar Hallelujah Mountains
Zhangjiajie is world renowned for its outstanding beauty and no trip to China is complete without visiting this amazing city. In order to see the hallelujah mountains, you’ll need to head towards the Zhangjiajie national park which is located about 30km outside of the main city. This is the following route you should take:
1. Leave your hostel/hostel and head towards the Zhangjiajie central bus station. Its just at the side if the McDonalds and a five minute walk from the train station
2. Armed with either an online or paper map of the park, ask one of the attendants to show you to the correct bus for the Tianzi mountains entrance. The staff spoke pretty good English are seemed use to tourists asking them the same few questions. The buses don’t have numbers and are only written in Chinese which makes it hard to get on the correct one on your own.
3. The bus costs 12 Yuan (single journey) and you just pay the man on board. The first bus leaves at 7am and subsequent ones depart every 15 minutes after that.
4. After the 40-60 minute bus journey, you’ll arrive t the entrance. This entrance is generally quieter and you probably won’t have to queue up for that long. A ticket is 258 Yuan and is valid for four consecutive days so if you have more time in the city you can visit another area within the park at no extra cost.
5. Once inside, follow the signs for the Golden Whip Stream route and follow the flat path for around an hour.
6. You’ll reach some steps that are signposted for the avatar mountains. Take the route upwards. The route is very tough and involves climbing flights of stairs none stop for just over an hour.
7. When you reach the top be sure to take photos of the viewpoint as it gets VERY crowded the further on you walk due to the Chinese guided tours taking the bus up just to see the hallelujah mountain.
8. From here onwards, just follow the path right round. It takes about 1-2 hours to see all the viewpoints and its generally very flat.
9. When you reach the end of the trail, catch the shuttle bus. The shuttle busses are free of charge around the park.
10. The shuttle bus runs directly though to the other main area of the park - the Tianzi mountain area. This is the highest area of the park and the views are stunning. If you’re tired of waking, take the cable car down. I went on a lot of cable cars while in China and I can defiantly say that The views on this cable car are by far the best. It takes you right through the clouds and ends up at the bottom of the park.
11. Alternatively, if you’re feeling up for another trek, you can walk down the path. The route is, once again, stunning, but will take you about 1.5-2 hours to reach the summit. Bare in mind that the final bus back to Zhangjiajie leaves at 7pm…
12. From here walk down the one way street for 10-15 minutes until you come to the Wulingyuan bus terminal. This is the second entrance/exit that i mentioned earlier in the post. a single journey costs 20 Yuan this time and takes about 1.5 hours to reach the Zhangjiajie bus terminal where you started your day.