In Zhangjiajie, the attractions are located in different scenic areas. To visit the attractions or mountains, visitors would need to enter the area and explore for several hours or even half-day there. So visitors would probably have lunch on the mountains.
Among the famous attractions, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Tianmen Mountain Scenic Area are two of the largest spots in which each spot would take at least half-day (or more) for exploration. Many visitors may worry about the food supply on the mountain. Here we mainly explain the situation of meal choices for these two spots.
There are restaurants in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and most of them are farmhouse restaurants which run by local people. If you would like to try some authentic local food, then the farmhouse is a good choice.
There is also a fast-food restaurant for choice.
Since it has no idea the exact time and place for lunch, the choice of the restaurant would be flexible. If visitors have the guided tour, then the guide will help visitors to find a suitable restaurant according to the tour itinerary.
In Wulingyuan Scenic Area, visitors will take the cable car up to the mountain and then pay a walk to see each spot. Even it is not hard to climb the steps, it is still a large consumption for strength. If visitors did not have a plan to have lunch on the mountain, it is necessary to bring some food (like bread, chocolate, fruit, sandwich) to replenish energy.
On the mountain, not every spot could walk to visit, so visitors would need to take the green bus to the next place. There is a snack street at each green bus stop. If visitors did not have a plan to have lunch on the mountain, or just want to have light bag travel, then have snacks for lunch is a good idea. The bus stop mainly sells roasted potatoes, glutinous rice cake (one of the local food), boiled sweet potatoes, roasted sausage, soft drinks, water, ice cream, coffee, etc.
In the Tianmen mountain scenic area, the main dining place is near the Tianmen Cave. There is a large open-ended dining area, providing fast food and local food like Tujia-style cold noodles, pancakes, Steamed Buns, Omelets. Also there is fruit and other snacks.
This dining area is built on the mountain, so it is also a good observation deck. Visitors could have a rest there, enjoy the stunning view and have a meal at the same time.
Overall speaking, there are choices to eat on the mountains. Due to the limited situation, the price of dining in the scenic spot is relatively high. If visitors would like to spend as much time as possible on a visit, then dining before or after the tour is optional. There are many restaurants at the foot of the mountain, which are near the entrance.
What need to mention is that there is no place for western food in Zhangjiajie at local restaurant. For foreign visitors, western food could be provided in the hotel as a buffet breakfast.
Zhangjiajie is a mature tourism city, so it is no worried about the eating place. Welcome to Zhangjiajie, not just for its magnificent view but also for the delicious local food.