China’s Avatar Mountains

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4 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow Stone Village
Heaven's Gate Mountain

Walk amidst the otherworldly sandstone pillars that inspired the mythical world of Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar. These remarkable stone columns stand in proud defiance of gravity as they thrust up into the sky, towering over forests, canyons, and caves.

About this Journey

Explore the celestial landscape of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, where a forest of natural stone skyscrapers forms an ancient cityscape. This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s biggest draw is Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, home to the towering sandstone pillars that inspired the mythical world of Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar. On a cloudy day, these pillars appear to be floating in the sky. South of Wulingyuan lies Tianmen (“Heaven’s Gate”) Mountain, where a gravity-defying glass walkway will make you feel as if you are walking in the sky. China’s Avatar mountains are truly a magical sight to behold.

What we love
  • Standing amidst unreal, gravity-defying landscapes, where soaring mountains and sandstone pillars pierce the sky
  • Floating on air upon a cliff side glass walkway
  • Plunging down the side of an impossibly high stone pillar in an outdoor elevator
Where you're going
Avatar Mountains on China Map

Day 1 - 2

Follow along Golden Whip Stream past Sand Sword Gully, Purple Grass Pool, and Meeting Across a Thousand Miles • Soak in the astounding views at Yellow Stone Village

Day 3

Visit Tianzi (“Son of Heaven”) Mountain, famous for its leafy alpine trees • Take a shuttle bus to Yuanjiajie, a naturally formed platform mountain • Admire the First Bridge of the World, a natural rock bridge formed by the elements • Stand in awe in front of the defiant Southern Sky Column, officially renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” • Ride down in the Hundred Dragon Elevator, claimed to be the highest outdoor elevator in the world

Day 4

Admire freshwater Baofeng Lake and its lush surroundings • Ride on the world’s longest cableway to the summit of Tianmen (“Heaven’s Gate”) Mountain • Put on a brave face as you walk along Tianmen Mountain’s famous glass skywalk, which clings to a sheer cliff face

Recommended Hotels

Pullman Zhangjiajie

Enjoy 5-star luxury right in the midst of the soaring mountain surroundings. The Pullman features an outdoor swimming pool and is only 40 minutes from the airport.


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What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Why WildChina

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Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.

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WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.

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