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Zhangjiajie landscape

China has a wealth of mountains and forests. This tour focuses on Zhangjiajie or Wulingyuan scenic reserve, in the west of Hunan province, a striking area of rocky pinnacles and deep valleys clothed in virgin forest and containing an abundance of fauna and flora.

Day 1  Arrive Zhangjiajie, a UNESCO world heritage site. Here the eroding plateau has created a dramatic landscape of rocky pinnacles, gushing streams, waterfalls and dense sub-tropical forest wreathed in mist. Transfer from airport to hotel. (B)

Day 2  Excursion to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, exploring Huangshizhai (Yellow Stone Village) by roundtrip cable car, then walk of about 1km along the Golden Whip Stream before returning to the hotel (B, L)

Day 3  Ascend to Tianzishan by cable car. Tour Helong Park and Yubifeng Peak. Then shuttle bus to the Yuanjiajie scenic spot to see the "Avatar" mountain and No. 1 Bridge before taking the Bailong Elevator (a glass elevator the world's tallest lift) down to explore the Ten Miles Gallery by round trip bus. (B, L)

Day 4  Excursion to Tianmen Mountain by car including the Tianmen Cave and the Glass Skywalk, built into the cliff and hovering over a nearly 1,000ft drop. (B, L)

Day 5  Transfer to airport for your onward journey. (B)