An Escape to Zhangjiajie: the Fantasy World of Pandora

Sick of the boring, sedentary lifestyle, and wish to escape the hustle of city for an opportunity to unwind and refresh? You are supposed to make an expedition to Zhangjiajie - the Pandora world in Avatar, and embark on a journey of redemption, exploration and great fun. 

The Imperial Brush Peak on Zhangjiajie

If you’re more of a freewheeling adventurer enjoying travelling in the mountains, like I do, allow yourself at least a 3-day Zhangjiajie trip (some of the attraction tickets are valid for three days). 

Tianmen Mountain Sky Way

There are several scenic areas of mountain groups of rarely-seen quartz and sandstone geomorphologic structure, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, Tianmen Mountain and Tianzi Mountain. The 'Avatar Hallelujah Mountain' is just ‘floating’ in Yuanjiajie Area. To be honest, I have been totally amazed by the grandeur of these unusual wonders on our planet. 

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

For senior travelers and kids who are afraid of too much hiking and climbing, no worries, you can always take the cable car or elevator up and down the mountains.

Tianmen Mountain Cable Car

Yellow Stone Stronghold (Huang Shi Zhai) 

Zhangjiajie Mountains

“The World’s No. 1 Bridge” 

The World’s No.1 Bridge

Golden Whip Stream – 7.5 km long, the trail takes approximately 2 hours of hiking. 

Monkeysalong Golden Whip Stream

Baofeng Lake - halfway up the mountains, it’s a very beautiful, serene lake.

Serene Baofeng Lake in Zhangjiajie

Yellow Dragon Cave of typical Karst terrain

Yellow Dragon Cave Zhangjiajie

Bailong Elevator - the tallest outdoor elevator in the world

Bailong Outdoor Elevator

Tianmen Cave – in 2008, the first aerobatic plane flied through Tianmen Cave, the "Gate to Heaven

Tianmen Cave - Heaven Gate

Guigu Plank Road (Tianmen Mountain Glass plank road) hanging on the cliff

Tianmen Mountain Glass plank road

Tianmen Mountain – a holy land for local Tujia people and also for wingsuit flyers

Wingsuit flying on Tianmen Mountain

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