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Tips for Touring to Zhangjiajie in Winter

Many people ask about the best time to travel in Zhangjiajie. To be honest, it is suitable to visit Zhangjiajie all the year round as you will see quite different views in different season. While the best time to visit Zhangajiajie is April, May, September and October, when tourists will enjoy a good view and also a good weather. Then it goes to the summer, rainy season from June to August, with comfortable temperature in the mountain and rich water in the stream. It is also a good time to travel in Zhangjiajie. So what about touring to Zhangjiajie in winter? It is also a good choice if you are only available in winter.

Many people may worry that the scenery of Zhangjiajie in winter is not that beautiful. There is nothing to see while they are traveling there. It is totally wrong. In fact, most of the vegetation in Zhangjiajie scenic area is evergreen, so there will be no stale and tasteless scenery of fallen leaves. The mountains in Zhangjiajie are still beautiful. But it becomes more profound without the scorching sun. The winter in Zhangjiajie does not have the heat of summer, but adds a lot of mystery and nature. If you can meet the snow scene in Zhangjiajie, it will really feast your eyes.

Here I would like to offer you some tips of touring to Zhangjiajie in winter, so that you can have an idea what it would be like while traveling in the cold season of Zhangjiajie.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park-Tianzi Mountain

When is winter in Zhangjiajie?

The winter of Zhangjiajie is from the end of November to the end of February.

Zhangjiajie's winter tour has become more and more popular in recent years. With the increasing publicity of Zhangjiajie and the inherent charm of Zhangjiajie's winter scenery, there are thousands of domestic and foreign tourists come for a visit.

What can I see traveling in Zhangjiajie in winter?

Which scenic spots should be seen in Zhangjiajie in winter? The must-see scenic spots in Zhangjiajie in winter are almost the same as usual! Generally speaking, you can visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huanglong Cave, Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, and you can also go to the hot springs in the snowy weather.

Notes: The period of December to February every year is the off-season of Zhangjiajie, ropeway companies often maintain the rope-way annually at this time. If you are an elderly, child or tourists with poor physical strength, you must pay attention to this and make a suitable tour plan.

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What’s the weather like in winter in Zhangjiajie?

Zhangjiajie's winter weather: it is hard to find rainstorms in this season but a run of wet weather with endless rains. Before setting out, learn about the weather and pay special attention to the arrival of snow. Generally speaking, it is cold in Zhangjiajie from mid-December to early February of the following year. The extreme coldness will inevitably be a storm. At this time, you should travel to Zhangjiajie decisively and promptly. Maybe the snow in Zhangjiajie is not as good as the ice in the north, but once the snow falls in Zhangjiajie, the mountains, trees, and wonderful scenery are absolutely the only ones in the world. Remember to bring your cotton-padded clothes or down jackets.

What about the accommodation in Zhangjiajie in winter?

Hotel room rates in Zhangjiajie are not very high for the whole year. Therefore, it is easy to find a better hotel in winter such a low season at reasonable price. If you take an individual tour to Zhangjiajie in winter and book your own hotel, please do not book a hotel at a very low price. As you know it is cold in winter in Zhangjiajie, the air conditioner needs to be turned on all night. If you book a hotel at a too low price, it may lead to a situation that the hotel turns off the air conditioner at midnight. I will make you a terrible experience.

How are the path conditions at the peak during snowy winter season?

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park enjoys a great reputation nationwide for being a safe mountain. After years of constant maintenance, the paths have become a point of pride of Zhangjiajie. Whenever it snows, the snowfall is promptly swept off the path to ensure the safety of visitors. And staff in the scenic spots will help clean snow in paths. Do not have to worry about that.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

How many days should I plan to travel in Zhangjiajie?

It is recommended to travel in Zhangjiajie for 3-4 days, at least 2 days.

1. It usually takes about 2 days to visit the main scenic spots in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The must-visit places include Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Golden Whip Stream, Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area , Ten-mile Gallery, Yellow Stone Village etc.

2. Secondly, the Tianmen Mountain Scenic Area at the suburb of Zhangjiajie city is also a popular scenic spot, which can be enjoyed for a day.

3. There are also some other scenic spots (e.g. Huanglong Cave, Baofeng Lake, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, etc.), which can be inserted into a 3-4 day itinerary.

Is Zhangjiajie fun in winter?

Zhangjiajie’s winter is the most fascinating season. In winter, I go to Zhangjiajie to see the unparalleled scenery and snow scenes, soak in hot springs, enjoy the fragrant Tujia bacon surrounded by the fires of the Tujia people, listen to the moving folk songs of Zhangjiajie, and jump with passionate drums The Tujia hand-waving dance, what a pleasant tour it is. Here are some suggestions for you after coming to Zhangjiajie.

Tip 01 : The schedule should be reasonable. It is recommended not to arrange a very tight schedule. The time should be loose enough. The roads of Zhangjiajie in winter are relatively slippery, and the people’s movements are relatively slow. For your safety, it is recommended that you do not rush to travel. The more relaxing time, the better!

Tip 02: The itinerary should be reasonable enough. Don't arrange remote scenic spots. It is recommended that you take a regular itinerary in winter. The safety facilities of the scenic spots in the regular itinerary are intact, but the safety factor in the wild places is lower! For example, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountains, Shili Gallery, Baofeng Lake, Huanglong Cave, Tianmen Mountain, etc., are all conventional scenic spots. The ropeway and elevators are kept in operation in winter.

Tip 03: Pay close attention to Zhangjiajie’s weather forecast before departure.

Tip 04: Book a hotel and tour before arrival. With the airport or train station pick up, to avoid the fraud trap in temporary reservations.

Tip 05: The scenic spots in Zhangjiajie are in mountainous area, tourists will need to walk along the path on the mountains. It is necessary to prepare suitable shoes. Avoind any high heels and slippers.

Tip 06: Zhangjiajie is located in West Hunan Province, which is a minority area. Please respect some local living habits while you are traveling in Zhangjiajie.