Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Location

Cili County, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China

Reasons to visit

Walking on the world-famous glass bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a "can't miss" experience

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Opening Hours

  • 8:00am - 6:00pm

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (Chinese name: 张家界大峡谷) is located in Sanguan Township, Cili County, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. It is quite closed to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Wulingyuang Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a recently-developed natural wonderland that is famous for beautiful natural landscape and cultural sites. It incorporates green mountains, mild streams, intrigued caves, steep cliffs, and thick forest. Here is the museum of landform of Zhangjiajie. You can see the unique Karst topography scenery of the North Temperate Zone.


 

The Glass Bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Officially opened to the public on August 20, 2016, the glass-bottom bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is the longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in the world. The bridge spans two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area. Made up of all transparent glass (totally 99 sheets of glass), this thrilling bridge is an architecture wonder designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan. Standing on the bridge, travelers can get a panoramic view of the majestic Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon under the feet. In the middle of the bridge, there is a base jump platform, where you can try the highest bungee jumping in the world. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is listed by CNN as one of the 11 most spectacular bridges in the world. It will be an exciting experience to try this sky walk – if you dare to! 
 
Height & length: the glass bridge stretches 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop.
 
Maximum capacity: 8,000 people each day, and 600 people at one time  
 
Highlights: a full view of the grand canyon, bungee jump and zip-lining
 
Opening hour: 08:00am – 18:00pm
 
Ticket price: RMB 259 (Grand Canyon + Class Bridge)
 
It is not the glass skywalk on Tianmen Mountain 
 
The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is not the only glass skywalk in Zhangjiajie. For those who want have more similar experiences in this area, you can travel further to Tianmen Mountain (85km away from the Grand Canyon). There are three glass skywalks on Tianmen Mountain: the glass-bottom viewing platform, Guigu Glass Plank Road and the newest skywalk "Coiled Dragon Cliff". 
 


Glass Bridge of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
 

Hiking Route in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

For visitors who plan on a hiking trip in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, you may follow the route: A Strip of Sky - marble slide on the halfway – mountain trail or plank road – the reservoir for a boat trip
 
Hiking hours: 3 to 4 hours


In the bottom of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a clear and beautiful stream. Beside and along the stream are wooden trails for tourists to walk and hike. Visitor need to hike in the bottom of the Grand Canyon to admire its beauty. The hike for the start point to the end in the canyon usually takes 3 to 4 hours. It is a long walking time and requests good physical condition.

The hike in the canyon start with a long and narrow vertical gap between two mountain cliffs known as a Strip of Sky (一线天), with the sunlight shining through the gap. You need to walk a 700-meter-long trail with steep stairs lined with the iron railings leading down the Canyon. The elevation difference between the gap on the top and the canyon on the bottom is over 300 meters. As you descend, some stairs are so steep that they look nearly vertical. However, you will find it is most rewarding when passing through the beautiful, tranquil sceneries, despite the wobbly legs.

Pass through the Strip of Sky, you will reach a trestle road between cliff. The trestle has a steep slope like a high ladder. You need to walk up along the stair steps. Travelers who walk for about 3 minutes will get to the point where they can have a panoramic view of the Strip of Sky. Continue to hike in the canyon. In the halfway, there is a 600-meter-long marble slide, winding its way down to the bottom of the valley. It is optional and may be a funny trip for kids or young people. You can also choose to hike down. After that, continue you hiking trip along the plank road or mountain trail.

In the last portion of the canyon is a small reservoir used for hydropower station. So you need to take a short boat ride from the Upper Pier of the Cruise to the Down Pier. After you get off the boat, the hiking tour ends.


 

Travel Guide

【Best time to visit】 April, May, September and October is the best time to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, when is cool and comfortable. It is a little cold in winter.

【How to get there】
If you travel from Wulingyuan, the most convenient way to get to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is to take bus at Wulingyuan Bus Station to Cili(慈利). It is about 15 kilometers and take about 30 minutes. Upon your arrival in Cili, it would be very convenient to reach the entrance of Grand Canyon.

If you travel from Zhangjiajie downtown, it is suggested to take bus at Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to Wulingyuan first, then transfer to the bus that leaves for Cili. It is about 50 kilometers and takes more than 1 hour to get there.

It is recommended to spend 4 to 5 hours to visit inside the scenic area.
 

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