How to travel to Zhangjiajie from Guilin

Zhangjiajie and Guilin are both listed into China’s top 10 most beautiful natural places. A lot of travelers would consider the differences between Zhangjiajie and Guilin, and try to figure out which is the better to visit. Actually, each one has its own feature; why not to cover them both? We are here to offer the well-arranged Guilin Zhangjiajie Tours for you. And aslo, the tour program is flexible and can be customized to suit your need.

Zhangjiajie Introduction

If you have seen James Cameron epic movie “Avatar”, you will remember those awe-inspiring scenes from the planet “Pandora” with all those floating mountains. Those ‘Avatar’ mountains are not really floating, but they exist in Zhangjiajie city, south China’s Hunan province. Quartz sandstone peak forest and karst caves constitute the distinctive landscape feature of Zhangjiajie, which are rare in the world. The filmmakes took inspiration from the towering columns of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1992.

Avatar Mountains within Zhangjiajie Natinal Forest Park, China

And also, there is a must-vist tourist site – Tianmen Mountain when you travel in Zhangjiajie. Within, the world’s longest cableway, 99 Bend’s mountain road, cliff-hanging walkway, glass skywalk, and amazing Tianmen Cave all make it very popular among tourists. Even in the same city, the scenery is quite different from the national park.

Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China

How to get to Zhangjiajie from Guilin

Zhangjaijie is not easily accessible from Guilin, for there is no direct flight, even no direct bus or trains between the two cities.

By Flight
The direct flight service – linking the two popular tourist cities Guilin and Zhangjiajie – has been launched by Okay Airways on May 15, 2015, which is currently the only Guilin-Zhanjiajie route. Please check Direct flight route Guilin – Zhangjiajie launched from May 15, 2015

By Train
There is no direct train between Guilin and Zhangjiajie, but you can change trains or buses via other cities, like Liuzhou or Changsha.

Option 1
One can take a bullet train from Guilin to get to Liuzhou first, then transfer to a overnight train with sleeping berth to Zhangjiajie at Liuzhou Railway Station. Within the same railway station, it will be not difficult to change a train in Liuzhou.
Guilin – Liuzhou: There are 28 bullet trains between Guilin and Liuzhou every day, with a travel time of about 1 hour. It cost RMB 58 yuan for first-class seat, and RMB 45 yuan for second-class seat.
Liuzhou – Zhangjiajie: There are 2 daily trains from Liuzhou to Zhangjiajie, It takes about 11.5 hours, and cost RMB 152/163 yuan for Hard Sleeper. Both of them leaving for Zhanajiajie from Liuzhou are overnight trains, so you can sleep on the train and when you wake up, you will arrive in Zhangjiajie.

If you want to visit Fenghuang Ancient Town, you can get off the train at Jishou Railway Station; and then, change a bus to reach there for around 80 minuters. If not, another 2-hour ride on the same train will take you from Jishou to Zhangjiajie.

Option 2
One can take a high-speed train from Guilin to Changsha South Railway Station, then transfer to a coach or train from Changsha to Zhangjiajie.
Guilin – Changsha: There are 11 bullet trains operating between Guilin and Changsha, with a travel time of 3.5 hours. It costs RMB 182 yuan for second-class seat, and RMB 250 yuan for first-class-seat.
Changsha – Zhangjiajie: After your arrival at Changsha South Railway Station, take subway line 2 to Wangchengpo Station and walk about 170 meters to Changsha West Bus Station. There are many buses running between Changsha and Zhangjiajie every day from 08:00 to 19:00. It takes about four hours and costs 71–121 yuan.

By Bus
Zhangjiajie is about 829 kilometers from Guilin by expressway, so taking a bus is not recommended for such a journey.

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Common dishes get official English names in Guilin

Get lost in the English name of Chinese dishes on the menu, like “Red burned lion head”, when you dine in some Chinese restaurant?

Common Chinese cuisines get official English names in Guilin,China

Strange English name for Chinese dish on menu

In Guilin, plenty of restaurants fix their menus up with pictures, and others translate the names of dishes into English. However, too-literal English translations seen on many Chinese menus has caused a lot of confusion, just like the picture above shows.

Chinese dish names are infused with its culinary culture, and expressing them in English is not always so easy. Some dishes were translated wholly into English, whereas certain dishes or ingredients unique to China kept the original name but in romanized pinyin.

A list of English translation for some common dishes has been released by administration section to serves as a guideline to the local restaurants. Overall, the English names of the dishes have been translated by ingredients, cooking methods, tastes, name of a person or a place.

The below listed the suggested English name of Guilin dishes name.

Cold dishes

拌菠菜  spinach in Sauce
拌茄泥  mashed eggplant with garlic
凉拌黄瓜 shredded cucumber with sauce
什锦泡菜  assorted pickles
西芹腐竹 celery with beancurd sticks
糖拌西红柿  tomato slices with sugar
香椿豆腐  tofu with Chinese toon
炸花生米  deep-fried peanuts
煮花生  boiled unshelled peanuts
拌黑木耳  black fungus in Sauce
拌凉粉  mixed jelly
素鸭  vegetarian duck
卤水豆腐  marinated tofu with sauce
拌豆腐丝  shredded tofu with Sauce
拌萝卜丝  mixed shredded turnip
凉拌木耳  Black Fungus in Sauce
凉拌红薯粉   Sweet Potato Noodles in Sauce
山水西瓜盅   Landscape Watermelon Bowl
象山映月(象形拼盘) Moon Reflection near the Elephant Hill (Meat Slices Combination in Elephant shape)
酱猪蹄  pettitoes in brown sauce
叉烧肉  Chinese BBQ pork meat
卤猪舌  marinated pig tongue
糖醋排骨  sweet and sour pork ribs
五香酱牛肉  multi-spiced beef
炸羊肉串  fried lamb kebabs
泡椒凤爪  chicken feet with pickled peppers
酱鸭  marinated duck
白切鸡  boiled chicken slices
龙胜鱼生  Longsheng Yusheng(thinly-sliced raw Fish, Longsheng Style)
脆皮白切鸡 Crispy Boiled Chicken
椿记烧鹅 Chunji Roasted Goose

Hot Dishes

红烧茄子  braised eggplant
扒香菇油菜  sautéed rape with black mushrooms
干煸豆角  fried green beans with Chinese pepper
蚝油生菜  sautéed lettuce with oyster sauce
虎皮尖椒  pan-seared green chili
萝卜干炒腊肉  sautéed preserved pork with dried turnip
清炒时蔬  sautéed vegetables
松仁玉米  sautéed sweet corn with pine nuts
西红柿炒蛋  scrambled eggs with tomato
西芹百合  sautéed lily bulbs and celery
醋溜土豆丝  vinegar potato wire
醋溜白菜  vinegar Chinese cabbage
锅塌豆腐  tofu omelet
家常豆腐  home-made sautéed tofu
麻婆豆腐  mapo tofu(sauteed tofu in hot and spicy sauce)
干锅茶树菇  griddled tea plant mushrooms
蒜茸炒柳叶菜花   Sautéed Willow Cauliflower with Chopped Garlic
山水豆腐   Steamed Tofu
辣椒煸炒油渣  Sautéed Fat Pork with Chili
东坡肘子  Dongpo pig elbow
梅菜扣肉  braised pork with mustard greens
回锅肉  twice-cooked pork slices
糖醋里脊  sweet and sour pork tenderloin
鱼香肉丝  yuxiang shredded pork (sauteed in spicy garlic sauce)
红烧肉  pork braised
黑椒牛排  steak with black pepper
萝卜炖牛肉  stewed beef with radish
水煮牛肉  sliced beef in chili oil
葱爆羊肉  quick-fried sliced lamb with scallion
孜然羊肉  fried lamb with cumin
酥炸欢喜  Deep-Fried Huanxi(Fried Pork Rolls)
芋茸香酥鸭  Deep-Fried Boneless Duck with Taro Puree
芋茸香酥鸭  Deep-Fried Boneless Duck with Taro Puree
荷叶八宝鸭  Babao Duck in Lotus Leaf(Duck Stuffed with Various Nuts and Seeds and Wrapped in the Lotus Leaf)
酸笋爆炒二股肠   Stir-Fried Pork Intestine with Sour Bamboo Shoots
酸豆角炒干鱼仔   Sautéed Small Dried Fish with Sour Beans
全州红烧圆蹄   Braised Pork Hock, Quanzhou Style
阳朔田螺酿   Yangshuo Stuffed Escargots
阳朔啤酒鱼   Yangshuo Beer Fish
罗汉果敦子肉   Braised Pork Belly with Luohanguo
全州醋血鸭   Shelduck in vinegar blood, Quanzhou Style
酸辣禾花鱼   Hot and Sour Grain Flower Fish
兴安雷公鸭   Xing’an Roasted Duck
龙胜酸鸡   Longsheng Sour Chicken
平乐生菜包   Meatballs Wrapped in Lettuce leaves,Pingle Style
平乐玻璃扣  Pingle Braised Pork Slices
平乐十八酿   Pingle Assorted Vegetables with Pork Stuffing
蕨菜炒烟腊肉   Sautéed Smoked Preserved Pork with Fiddleheads
山野小笋煎蛋   Fried Eggs with Bamboo Shoots
双冬烧竹狸   Braised Rhizomys with Bamboo Shoots and Black Mushrooms
荔浦芋扣肉  Steamed Sliced Pork with Lipu Taro
桂林竹板鱼   Guilin Lijiang Fish in Bamboo Tubes
香葱炒漓江虾   Sautéed Lijiang Shrimps with Scallion
腊味蒸芋头丝   Steamed Preserved Pork with Shredded Taro
豆豉辣椒锅烧  Deep-Fried Pork with Chili and Black Bean Sauce
马蹄炒鸡球   Sautéed Chicken Balls with Water Chestnuts
酸萝卜炒双脆   Sautéed Pork Tripe Shreds and Chicken Gizzards with Sour Turnips
豉汁排骨蒸粉   Steamed Rice Rolls with Pork Ribs in Black Bean Sauce
蒜香排骨   Pork Ribs with Garlic
上汤白花菜  Braised Baihua Vegetable in Broth
糯香排骨   Pork Ribs with Glutinous Rice
清蒸旧村板鸭   Steamed Salted Duck
香芋粉蒸肉   Steamed Pork and Taro with Rice Flour
清汤禾花鱼   Grain Flower Fish in Consomme
七星伴月(漓江鱼线)  Lijiang Fish Noodles
杨提奇峰(香辣羊蹄)  Lamb Feet in Hot Spicy Sauce
白果老鸭汤    Duck Soup with Ginkgoes
汆汤鸡 Poached Chicken Slices
小鸭渡漓江 Ducklings Crossing Lijiang River (Ducking-shaped Fish Puree in Soup)
蛤蚧炖全鸡 Stewed Whole Chicken with Gecko
白果马蹄肚片汤Pork Tripe Slices Soup with Ginkgoes and Water Chestnuts
三元及第粥 Congee with Pork and Offal
皮蛋瘦肉粥 Minced Pork Congee with Preserved Egg
灵川干锅狗肉Griddle Cooked Dog, Lingchuan Style
干锅啤酒鸭Griddle Cooked Duck with Beer
猪头骨三鲜锅Pig’s Skull with Pork and Offal en Casserole
腊味干锅Griddle Cooked Preserved Pork
斑鱼火锅 Spot Fish Hotpot
三花醉鸡Sanhua Liquor-Soaked Chicken
生焖狗肉 Braised Dog meat
板栗焖鸭 Braised Salted Duck with Chestnuts

Rice, Noodles and Local Snacks

月牙罗汉斋   Mixed Vegetables in Yueyalou Restaurant
桂林米粉 Guilin Rice Noodles
马肉米粉 Horsemeat Rice Noodles
恭城船上糕 Gongcheng Ship Glutinous Rice Cakes
恭城油茶 Gongcheng Oil Tea
阳江炒饭 Yangjiang Fried Rice
桂林马打滚 Guilin Madagun (Glutinous Rice Balls in Mung Bean Flour )
担子米粉 Danzi Rice Noodles
桂林马蹄糕 Guilin Water Chestnut Jelly
三色荔芋糕 Three-colored Lipu Taro Cake
桂林松糕 Guilin Rice Cake
月牙面 Noodles Made in Yueyalou Restaurant
桂林艾叶粑 Guilin Artemisia Argyi Ciba(Glutinous Rice Cake with Chopped Artemisia Argyi)
桂林炒糖粑 Guilin Sauteed Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake
兴安糍粑 Xing’an Ciba (Glutinous Rice Cake)
豆蓉糯米饭 Glutinous Rice with Bean Puree
桂花软糕  Osmanthus Rice Cake
桂林板栗粽 Guinlin Chestnut Zongzi (Boiled Glutinous Rice and Chestnut Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves)