Zhangjiajie Waterfalls (张家界的瀑布 [Zhāngjiājiè de Pùbù])

Wulingyuan, Hunan Province, China

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One of the waterfalls in Zhangjiajie falling beneath the Heaven's Gate Natural Arch

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INTRODUCTION

The Zhangjiajie Waterfalls (张家界的瀑布 [Zhāngjiājiè de Pùbù]) are basically a collection of ephemeral and fake waterfalls I've clumped into this page. Our original intent was to see the Yuanyang Waterfall in the Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie (all in northern Hunan Province - the province of Mao Zedong's birthplace). But I think our guide was more interested in taking us shopping and conveniently misunderstood that waterfall for the fake Baofeng Waterfall. So we didn't get the legitimate waterfall sighting that we wanted here, but we did see the type of scenery that has inspired Chinese landscape paintings and drawings as well as a handful of giant natural arches and bridges.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Zhangjiajie from a waterfalling point of view were some of the temporary waterfalls we noted that fell beneath the impressive Heaven's Gate (Tianmen) Natural Arch. There were also more unnamed ephemeral waterfalls that we witnessed while doing their high-elevation walks above the clouds.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie was famous for its tall finger-like pinnacles scraping through misty clouds like a Chinese landscape paintingThe Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie was famous for its tall finger-like pinnacles scraping through misty clouds like a Chinese landscape painting
This towering natural arch was called the World's Number 1 Bridge, which we saw while visiting the Wulingyuan part of ZhangjiajieThis towering natural arch was called the World's Number 1 Bridge, which we saw while visiting the Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie
This was the Baofeng Waterfall, which was a fake waterfallThis was the Baofeng Waterfall, which was a fake waterfall
Incense sticks burning before the 999 steps leading up to the Heaven's Gate (Tianmen)Incense sticks burning before the 999 steps leading up to the Heaven's Gate (Tianmen)
The scenery in the Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie was very much like a Chinese landscape paintingThe scenery in the Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie was very much like a Chinese landscape painting

The fake Baofeng WaterfallThe fake Baofeng Waterfall, which I thought was rather contrived

One of the waterfalls we saw in the vicinity of Tianmen Dong (Heaven's Gate)One of the waterfalls we saw in the vicinity of Tianmen Dong (Heaven's Gate)

Another one of the waterfalls we saw in the vicinity of Tianmen Dong (Heaven's Gate)Another one of the waterfalls we saw in the vicinity of Tianmen Dong (Heaven's Gate)

One of many cascades around the Tianmen Dong areaOne of many cascades around the Tianmen Dong (Heaven's Gate) area

Yet another waterfall in the Tianmen areaYet another waterfall in the Tianmen area

Context of the above waterfall with the road winding its way up to the archContext of the above waterfall with the road winding its way up to the arch

Walking above the clouds at TianmenWalking above the clouds at Tianmen

Temporary waterfall emerging from a cliffTemporary waterfall emerging from a cliff

This was a surprising small arch we noticed while doing the high walk near Tianmen ArchThis was a surpring small arch we noticed while doing the high walk near Tianmen Arch

Another ephemeral waterfall emerging from the base of a cliffAnother ephemeral waterfall emerging from the base of a cliff

Another waterfall in the Tianmen vicinityAnother waterfall in the Tianmen vicinity


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

I have to admit that we were a little disoriented during our time at Zhangjiajie. I only recalled that after landing at the nearest airport here, we were driven about 2 hours to a hotel near the entrance to the Wulingyuan part of Zhangjiajie.

Maybe if we come back, we might be able to see both a legitimate waterfall while we could provide a better writeup of the area.

For geographical context, Zhangjiajie was 911km (10.5 hours drive or 90 minutes flight) east of Chengdu, 1,285km (nearly 14 hours drive or over 2 hours flight) west of Shanghai, 1,011km (11 hours drive or 90 minutes flight) south of Xi'an, and 1,568km (16 hours drive or about 3 hours flight) south of Beijing.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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