8 Days Western Hunan Province Discovery Tour

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Beside the famous Avatar Mountain ,there are still many other places to go in Western Hunan Province, we designed this tour for you to get a deep discovery to Western Hunan Area ,though China has many places to go, the unique beauty ,special culture atmosphere and friendly minority people in this area will offer you a different travel experience
ItineraryDay 1: Zhangjiajie ArrivalPass By: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, HunanWelcome to Zhangjiajie! Upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the airport or train station who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel in the Zhangjiajie downtown area. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this beautiful city.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Pullman hotel,a 5 star hotel.Day 2: Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkStop At: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, HunanAfter breakfast, start your full-day Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Adventure. Located 32 kilometers from Zhangjiajie city, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first state-level forest park in China. It is known for its exquisite forests, odd-shaped peaks and rocks, the beautiful canyons, the limestone caves, and the breath-taking panoramic views. The words, such as majestic, eccentric, tranquil, delicate and wild, are not enough to describe it's beauty. Firstly, go to take the 326-meter-high Bailong Elevator (the tallest and the fastest in the world) up to Yuanjiajie, which is situated in the north of Zhangjiajie National Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, which makes it a mountain platform great for enjoying sweeping vistas.Next, take a sightseeing bus to Tianzi Mountain, where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.After the exciting tour, your guide and driver will escort you to Zhangjiajie downtown area to check in your hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Pullman hotel,a 5 star hotel.Day 3: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon - Yellow Dragon CaveStop At: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, HunanAfter breakfast, be ready for today's exciting adventures. You'll first drive about 60km from Zhangjiajie downtown area to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. You will start from the Tourist Center to Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to walk on the highest and longest glass bridge in the world. After that, appreciate the charming sightseeing of running waters, flying waterfalls, lush vegetation, etc. at the Rainbow Square, Yilian Youmeng, Momo Cave, the Holy Spring Lake and other beautiful attractions in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. (Please note: In Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, you can choose to only experience the thrilling glass bridge or fully explore glass bridge as well as hiking and boating in the Grand Canyon. Feel free to tell your likes to your travel consultants.)Next, you’ll drive about 20km to see the natural wonder in the Yellow Dragon Cave, also known as Huanglong Cave. It is a underground-lost palace which is praised as the most beautiful cave in the world by UNESCO Experts, with an area of 100,000 square meters, a length of 7.6 kilometers, a height of 140 meters. There are two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and 10,000 stalagmites and stalactites is this huge limestone cave. The Magic Needle and Chair of Dragon King are two most famous sights in the cave.After the sightseeing, drive to Wulingyuan to check in your hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Pullman hotel,a 5 star hotel.Day 4: Tianmen Mountain National Park & Tujia Folk Customs GardenStop At: Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie, HunanAfter breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. On this day, you’ll first take a trip to Tianmen Mountain. Referred to as the “Soul of culture and spirit of Zhangjiajie”, Tianmen Mountain, standing 1,500 meters above sea level, boasts miraculous and unique geographic landform, unparalleled natural landscape, profound cultural connotations.Experience the longest cableway in Asia with a length of 7200 meters, take photos of Avenue toward Heaven with 99 turns from cable car. On the top of Tianmen Mountain, enjoy the Cliff-Hanging Walkway and avoid the crowds to take some photos; hold your breath and experience the thrilling Glass Sky Walk. Then, visit the natural mountain-penetrating Karst cave - Tianmen Cave. The foot of the cave is wonderful photo opportunity with the hole in the mountain as the background. It is worth waiting for the sunlight to shine through the hole with mist or smoke illuminating the way.In the afternoon, visit the Tujia Folk Customs Park. Tujia Folk Custom Park is a large-scale cultural tourist attraction which is mainly built to demonstrate Tujia people’s folk custom. In this area of 5 hectares, you could see various aspects of Tujia folk customs such as wood and stone architecture, food, agriculture, military art etc.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Sunshine hotel,a 5 star hotel.Day 5: Mengdong River Rafting & Furong Town (B, L)Stop At: Mengdong River Scenic Resort, Yongshun County, HunanAfter breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, drive about 2.5hours head to Yongshun county , you will arrive MengdongR River Rafting Pier, after get prepared you will start your exciting rafting. The whole floating distance of Mengdong River is about 17 kilometers with the most exciting upper stream floating. While enjoy the exciting rafting, you will go downwards along the river with a small boat, going through waves passing through a valley. At both sides of Mengdong River, there are cliffs standing superbly, falls suspending high in the air, ancient relics full of the place. While rating, one may feel as if they were jumping to the air from the ground, or dropping to a deep valley from the sky, or galloping on horse backs, or riding clouds and mist. With great admiration, one feels shocked first and then delighted. It is really worth trying. The driver and guide will pick you up at the terminal point of the rafting.After lunch you will have a tour in Furong Ancient Town( Also called King’s Village ),Furong ancient town consists of a group of mixed people, ethnic group of Tujia and Miao mixed with Han people. Tujia people account for more than 80% of the total population.It is an old town with more than two thousand years where Tujia Minority people live together. It is one of the best attractions to seek peace and visit classicism and it is also the portal of Mengdong River scenic. Furong Town not only has the beautiful natural landscape and rich Tujia ethnic folk customs, but also is a perfect place to explore a lot of protected cultural relics and records of Tujia political and military history. More than three hundred relics collected in Tujia Diaojiaolou buildings (vernacular pillar-supported dwellings) is the best presentation of Tujia culture.After the tour, go back to the hotel in Furong ancient town have a good rest.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Furong Town Hotel, a 4 star hotel.Day 6: Dragon Sitting Gorge & Red Stone Forest. Departure in the evening Stop At: Mengdong River Scenic Resort, Yongshun County, HunanAfter breakfast, the guide and drive will pick you up in the hotel,and start your today’s adventure tour, the first place you will visit is the dragon sitting gorge,has a special type of visiting line, that is, all the lines are built in the deep valley, taking full advantage of steep mountains, just like the sculpture carved by nature carefully looking from a distance. So, as you can imagine, walking along this kind of visiting line, you cannot go through all the cliffs solely relying on your hands and feet. Meanwhile, strong will and appreciation of the nature are also essential for climbing the Gorge. Only when you have an exploration by yourself someday, can you discover how it is like on earth.After lunch, you will have another tour to Red Stone Forest National Geological Park.The stone forest covers an area of 20 square kilometers in a totally original ecological status. In the stone forest, there are valleys, stream and springs. There are thick grassland and wistaria flowers growing in the forest, making it like a garden of nature. The tall rocks in various shapes can be seen throughout scenic spot. The stone color is changeable in accordance with the weather, time and season. The stone is red in Sunny days, black in the rain, brown and red on cloudy days. It even presents different colors in the morning and evening in a day.Today you will stay over night in Jishou City.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at jishou cityDay 7: Dehang Miao Village & Southern Wall & Fenghuang Ancient TownStop At: Fenghuang Ancient City Museum, Fenghuang County, HunanAfter breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you from the hotel, then drive 1 hours to Dehang Miao village.In Hmong, “Dehang” means beautiful valley. The village lies in the central part of Dehang scenic spot. Dehang scenic spot consists of three parts: Dehang Miao Village, Liulong Stream and Yuquan Stream. Each of them has their unique highlights. Dehang Miao Village is built around mountains and waterfalls, with a wind-and-fire wall, Diaojiaolou Houses (vernacular pillar-supported dwelling) and carved windows. Here is inhabited by a group of Miao people. There are many flagstone roads leading you to every corner of the village and other attractions around it. After lunch then drive to the Southern Great Wall where 10 km from Fenghuang Ancient Town.This Southern Great Wall was built in 1554 in Ming Dynasty and completed in 1622. The rulers of the Ming Dynasty built it for the purpose of military usage to defend the kingdom against the Mio people of the south. Next drive to Fenghuang Ancient Town,the night view of Fenghuang is fabulous, attracted thousands of tourists all over the word.After appreciating the night view go back to hotel and have a good rest.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Phoenix Grand Hotel,a 4 star hotel. Day 8: Fenghuang & Zhangjiajie DepartureStop At: Fenghuang Ancient City Museum, Fenghuang County, HunanToday, have a nice tour in Fenghuang Ancient Town.Fenghuang (phoenix) ancient city, the national famous historical and cultural city, praised by New Zealand famous writer Louis alley as the most beautiful city in China. It is surrounded by Dehang Miao village, Mengdong River Rafting Area, and Fanjing mountain of Guizhou province.Legend has it that: Ancient India bird "Phoenix" collected scented woods and burned itself when reached the age of five hundred years. Resurrect from the ember, no more death. Chinese called the bird: Fenghuang, a holy legendary animal. In the history, Fenghuang is a symbol of Empress, like the emperor is a symbol of Dragon. In the town dozens of allays are paved with stones that run between the wooden houses built by the Tuo River. Chinese Miao people have stepped on the rock road generations after generations. Highlights of your today's tour will be Phoenix River rafting, The Former Residence of Shen Congwen, and the Ancient Town Museum etc.In the afternoon, drive back to Zhangjiajie city and escort you to airport or train station to your next destination or back home.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Private transportation
  • For those who bought our tour products can enjoy a tea break for free at 80 TEA HOUSE (Wulingyuan)
  • Excellent private guide&driver driver
  • Entry/Admission - Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie
  • Entry/Admission - Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie
  • Entry/Admission - Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
  • Entry/Admission - Mengdong River Scenic Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Mengdong River Scenic Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Fenghuang Ancient City Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Fenghuang Ancient City Museum

What’s not included

  • Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1: Zhangjiajie Arrival Pass By: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Welcome to Zhangjiajie! Upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the airport or train station who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel in the Zhangjiajie downtown area. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this beautiful city. No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Pullman hotel,a 5 star hotel.
Day 2: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Stop At: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, Hunan After breakfast, start your full-day Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Adventure. Located 32 kilometers from Zhangjiajie city, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first state-level forest park in China. It is known for its exquisite forests, odd-shaped peaks and rocks, the beautiful canyons, the limestone caves, and the breath-taking panoramic views. The words, such as majestic, eccentric, tranquil, delicate and wild, are not enough to describe it's beauty. Firstly, go to take the 326-meter-high Bailong Elevator (the tallest and the fastest in the world) up to Yuanjiajie, which is situated in the north of Zhangjiajie National Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, which makes it a mountain platform great for enjoying sweeping vistas. Next, take a sightseeing bus to Tianzi Mountain, where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter. After the exciting tour, your guide and driver will escort you to Zhangjiajie downtown area to check in your hotel. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at Pullman hotel,a 5 star hotel.
Day 3: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon - Yellow Dragon Cave Stop At: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie, Hunan After breakfast, be ready for today's exciting adventures. You'll first drive about 60km from Zhangjiajie downtown area to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. You will start from the Tourist Center to Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to walk on the highest and longest glass bridge in the world. After that, appreciate the charming sightseeing of running waters, flying waterfalls, lush vegetation, etc. at the Rainbow Square, Yilian Youmeng, Momo Cave, the Holy Spring Lake and other beautiful attractions in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. (Please note: In Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, you can choose to only experience the thrilling glass bridge or fully explore glass bridge as well as hiking and boating in the Grand Canyon. Feel free to tell your likes to your travel consultants.) Next, you’ll drive about 20km to see the natural wonder in the Yellow Dragon Cave, also known as Huanglong Cave. It is a underground-lost palace which is praised as the most beautiful cave in the world by UNESCO Experts, with an area of 100,000 square meters, a length of 7.6 kilometers, a height of 140 meters. There are two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and 10,000 stalagmites and stalactites is this huge limestone cave. The Magic Needle and Chair of Dragon King are two most famous sights in the cave. After the sightseeing, drive to Wulingyuan to check in your hotel. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at Pullman hotel,a 5 star hotel.
Day 4: Tianmen Mountain National Park & Tujia Folk Customs Garden Stop At: Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie, Hunan After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. On this day, you’ll first take a trip to Tianmen Mountain. Referred to as the “Soul of culture and spirit of Zhangjiajie”, Tianmen Mountain, standing 1,500 meters above sea level, boasts miraculous and unique geographic landform, unparalleled natural landscape, profound cultural connotations. Experience the longest cableway in Asia with a length of 7200 meters, take photos of Avenue toward Heaven with 99 turns from cable car. On the top of Tianmen Mountain, enjoy the Cliff-Hanging Walkway and avoid the crowds to take some photos; hold your breath and experience the thrilling Glass Sky Walk. Then, visit the natural mountain-penetrating Karst cave - Tianmen Cave. The foot of the cave is wonderful photo opportunity with the hole in the mountain as the background. It is worth waiting for the sunlight to shine through the hole with mist or smoke illuminating the way. In the afternoon, visit the Tujia Folk Customs Park. Tujia Folk Custom Park is a large-scale cultural tourist attraction which is mainly built to demonstrate Tujia people’s folk custom. In this area of 5 hectares, you could see various aspects of Tujia folk customs such as wood and stone architecture, food, agriculture, military art etc. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunshine hotel,a 5 star hotel.
Day 5: Mengdong River Rafting & Furong Town (B, L) Stop At: Mengdong River Scenic Resort, Yongshun County, Hunan After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, drive about 2.5hours head to Yongshun county , you will arrive MengdongR River Rafting Pier, after get prepared you will start your exciting rafting. The whole floating distance of Mengdong River is about 17 kilometers with the most exciting upper stream floating. While enjoy the exciting rafting, you will go downwards along the river with a small boat, going through waves passing through a valley. At both sides of Mengdong River, there are cliffs standing superbly, falls suspending high in the air, ancient relics full of the place. While rating, one may feel as if they were jumping to the air from the ground, or dropping to a deep valley from the sky, or galloping on horse backs, or riding clouds and mist. With great admiration, one feels shocked first and then delighted. It is really worth trying. The driver and guide will pick you up at the terminal point of the rafting. After lunch you will have a tour in Furong Ancient Town( Also called King’s Village ),Furong ancient town consists of a group of mixed people, ethnic group of Tujia and Miao mixed with Han people. Tujia people account for more than 80% of the total population. It is an old town with more than two thousand years where Tujia Minority people live together. It is one of the best attractions to seek peace and visit classicism and it is also the portal of Mengdong River scenic. Furong Town not only has the beautiful natural landscape and rich Tujia ethnic folk customs, but also is a perfect place to explore a lot of protected cultural relics and records of Tujia political and military history. More than three hundred relics collected in Tujia Diaojiaolou buildings (vernacular pillar-supported dwellings) is the best presentation of Tujia culture. After the tour, go back to the hotel in Furong ancient town have a good rest. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at Furong Town Hotel, a 4 star hotel.
Day 6: Dragon Sitting Gorge & Red Stone Forest. Departure in the evening Stop At: Mengdong River Scenic Resort, Yongshun County, Hunan After breakfast, the guide and drive will pick you up in the hotel,and start your today’s adventure tour, the first place you will visit is the dragon sitting gorge,has a special type of visiting line, that is, all the lines are built in the deep valley, taking full advantage of steep mountains, just like the sculpture carved by nature carefully looking from a distance. So, as you can imagine, walking along this kind of visiting line, you cannot go through all the cliffs solely relying on your hands and feet. Meanwhile, strong will and appreciation of the nature are also essential for climbing the Gorge. Only when you have an exploration by yourself someday, can you discover how it is like on earth. After lunch, you will have another tour to Red Stone Forest National Geological Park.The stone forest covers an area of 20 square kilometers in a totally original ecological status. In the stone forest, there are valleys, stream and springs. There are thick grassland and wistaria flowers growing in the forest, making it like a garden of nature. The tall rocks in various shapes can be seen throughout scenic spot. The stone color is changeable in accordance with the weather, time and season. The stone is red in Sunny days, black in the rain, brown and red on cloudy days. It even presents different colors in the morning and evening in a day. Today you will stay over night in Jishou City. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at jishou city
Day 7: Dehang Miao Village & Southern Wall & Fenghuang Ancient Town Stop At: Fenghuang Ancient City Museum, Fenghuang County, Hunan After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you from the hotel, then drive 1 hours to Dehang Miao village.In Hmong, “Dehang” means beautiful valley. The village lies in the central part of Dehang scenic spot. Dehang scenic spot consists of three parts: Dehang Miao Village, Liulong Stream and Yuquan Stream. Each of them has their unique highlights. Dehang Miao Village is built around mountains and waterfalls, with a wind-and-fire wall, Diaojiaolou Houses (vernacular pillar-supported dwelling) and carved windows. Here is inhabited by a group of Miao people. There are many flagstone roads leading you to every corner of the village and other attractions around it. After lunch then drive to the Southern Great Wall where 10 km from Fenghuang Ancient Town.This Southern Great Wall was built in 1554 in Ming Dynasty and completed in 1622. The rulers of the Ming Dynasty built it for the purpose of military usage to defend the kingdom against the Mio people of the south. Next drive to Fenghuang Ancient Town,the night view of Fenghuang is fabulous, attracted thousands of tourists all over the word. After appreciating the night view go back to hotel and have a good rest. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight at Phoenix Grand Hotel,a 4 star hotel.
Day 8: Fenghuang & Zhangjiajie Departure Stop At: Fenghuang Ancient City Museum, Fenghuang County, Hunan Today, have a nice tour in Fenghuang Ancient Town.Fenghuang (phoenix) ancient city, the national famous historical and cultural city, praised by New Zealand famous writer Louis alley as the most beautiful city in China. It is surrounded by Dehang Miao village, Mengdong River Rafting Area, and Fanjing mountain of Guizhou province. Legend has it that: Ancient India bird "Phoenix" collected scented woods and burned itself when reached the age of five hundred years. Resurrect from the ember, no more death. Chinese called the bird: Fenghuang, a holy legendary animal. In the history, Fenghuang is a symbol of Empress, like the emperor is a symbol of Dragon. In the town dozens of allays are paved with stones that run between the wooden houses built by the Tuo River. Chinese Miao people have stepped on the rock road generations after generations. Highlights of your today's tour will be Phoenix River rafting, The Former Residence of Shen Congwen, and the Ancient Town Museum etc. In the afternoon, drive back to Zhangjiajie city and escort you to airport or train station to your next destination or back home. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Lunch No accommodation included on this day.
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