Zhangjiajie is a city in Hunan province and also the name of a national parc. The name Zhangjiajie will mostly refer to this national park. Near the city, you also have the Tianmen mountain, also treally touristic.
- Depending on the period of the year you go there, there could be a lot of tourists. So usually, you will easily find somebody that can directly drive you to the national parc
Zhangjiajie National parc
This parc is a really beautiful place that inspired James Cameron for the movie Avatar. This place is rather really touristic. The best time of the year to go there, is between september and November. It's not too cold, not too hot. Just avoid Chinese national holiday where there is usually much more people than usually.
- If you end up in the city instead of directly to the national park, you can take a bus in the city of Zhangjiajie. You should just go to the bus station. This one is located near the tourism office and you will find all the informations you need. You can also get a free map of the park. It will cost around 12 yuan. and will take between 30min and 1h depending on the entrance you choose.
East toward Changsha
- You should take the east exit that goes to Wulingyuan District. Go through the city and take the second bridge you will cross one your right (about 1 to 2km walking). Cross the bridge, and on the roundabout, take left to the est. You can hitchhike there. There is space to stop and people will go in the right direction.
Contrary to what one think, the place is full of abandonned place where you can sleep. I found for example an bunch of abandonned house with a room with hay: perfect to sleep !
But the best place ever will be Yuanjiajie international Youth Hostel (it can be located on some map). It is an abandonned hostel where you will find mattress, pillow, bed sheet, comforter and everything you need to spend a good night. From all my trip, it's probably the best abandonned place I saw.
To go there, Once there, go to the back, there is a back door which is open. Once inside, you can open the front door. You will find inside the keys of the rooms. PLEASE take care of this place. It is pretty unique, we want it to stay clean.