Zhangjiajie is situated in the northwest of Hunan province. The city stretches 167 km
from east to west, and 96 km from north to south.
Zhangjiajie city covers an area of 9,653 square kilometers,
which accounts for 4.5 percent of Hunan province.
The landform is complex in Zhangjiajie, including mountains,
hills, and plains. Mountainous area takes up 76 percent of the city. The most characteristic feature is the quartzes sandstone
landform, which is a rare type in the world. The city is higher on the
northwest, and tilts along Li River to the south. There are mountains over
mountains in the city and many abrupt peaks and low lands.
Zhangjiajie is a city under the direct administration of provincial
government. Out of its total population of 1.62
million, almost 72% belong to ethnic minority groups, including Tujia, Bai and Miao nationalities. Zhangjiajie is a prefecture-level
city consisting of Yongding and Wulingyuan Districts, Cili and
Zhangjiajie is a rising tourist city famous for its unique
natural scenery and abundant tourism resources.
This site is dominated by more than 3,000 narrow sandstone pillars
and peaks, many over 200m high. Between the peaks lie ravines and
gorges with streams, pools and waterfalls, 40 caves, and two large
natural bridges. It is also home to a number of endangered plant and
animal species. Therefore, it was listed into the World Natural
Heritage Catalogue by the UNESCO in 1992. What’s more, Zhangjiajie
was awarded the title of “World Geological Park” in 2004.
Zhangjiajie City features a variety of different terrains
including: mountainous regions, upland areas, plains, and Karst rock
areas. Among these, the mountains cover 76 percent of the total
area. The world-famous natural heritage site 'Wulingyuan Scenic
Area' is located on the base of these great mountains. Areas worth
visiting include Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (known as China's
first national forest park), Suoxiyu Natural Resource Reserve, and
Tianzi Mountain Natural Resource Reserve. They enjoy the reputation of
'Original Picture on Mountain and River of China'. This wonderland
is covered with dense forests and is considered Mother Nature's
As the American Grand Canyon has a crystal walkway from which
to view the ground below, now one of China's natural wonders has
its own similar path. Tianmen (Heavenly Peace) Mountain, located
in the Zhangjiajie National Park, Hunan, now has a crystal
walkway that is situated 4,700ft above sea level. 3 ft wide and
2.5in thick, the 70ft, long bridge gives visitors a unique and
thrilling take on a standard mountain hike. Tianmen Heaven is so
named because of a huge natural cave that is situated halfway up
the summit. With its highest peak at 5000ft above sea level,
Tianmen Mountain is home to a wide range of rare plant species.
Tianmen Mountain is one of the jewels of Zhangjiajie National
Park, which is perhaps China's greatest source of natural beauty
Zhangjiajie tourist attractions and maps:
Zhangjiajie Resort Map