What I forgot to mention in my last Avatar post was if you go the Zhangjiajie Park after December 1 admission tickets are pretty much half the price 🙂 Since we were staying at this amazing resort for a week anyways we decided to wait the extra few days to get a discounted price because A) why not and B) that’s more money to spend on food!
On the second day of exploring the Avatar mountains in Zhangjiajie we took to the Yellow Stone Mountains. You can reach these mountains easily by the Yangjiajie entrance where you catch the bus. You never know when the bus is coming so just hang around the entrance where you will see people getting off the bus. For this area of the mountains stay on the bus after the first stop where the driver will take you up a windy road to the Yellow Stone Village Entrance. Once you reach the entrance you’ll have to walk quite a way through the forest to get to the next cable car and beyond that is the Golden Whip Stream.
The view from the bottom of the mountains is equally as beautiful as seeing them from above. We couldn’t have picked a better day to go. It was foggy and had scattered rain. There were hardly any people on this side of the mountain. I think everyone goes to see the Hallelujah mountain when they are in Zhangjiajie and don’t make the trip over to the other side. We had so much quiet time walking the trails. If you’ve ever been to China you’ll know attractions can get quite crowded and overwhelming! We got so lucky on our trip because even at The Great Wall of China we had mostly to ourselves.
I really wish I could see what this place was like a few hundred years ago. I honestly would have thought it was some magical place! The heavy fog, the lush forest, the looming mountain pillars which are so unreal to look at, let alone walk through.
This was taken from the top! I had camera problems up there so I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos. Once you’re at the top, start counter clockwise and make sure you stop at the pavilion! I almost went down when I had this feeling so I walked to the pavilion and came face to face with baby monkeys! If you watched my snap (add me @ fernwehwolf) you’ll know I was obsessed with them and couldn’t walk away!
You can also walk up the pavilion to get a good view of the mountains. If you can luck out and go when it’s all foggy then I say go to the Yellow Stone Mountains because it is much less crowded than the other side. You can take great photos and appreciate it more when you aren’t getting bumped or cut off by people.
I liked this area more than I like the Tianzi Mountains. It was quieter and you could walk a lot more without relying on crazy bus drivers. It was also more calm and less tacky than the other side. And there’s an area on the trail of the Yellow Stone Mountains where there is an actual scene from Avatar that was based on the mountains formations! The Golden Whip Stream was also pretty peaceful to walk through 🙂
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