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$99-USD Zhangjiajie China tour: Is it worth to go?

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The sun is shining bright, signaling the arrival of the summer. For students, that means three months of relaxation and rejuvenation with mindless activities such as sleeping in, hanging out with friends and, especially for me, traveling.

A year ago, my sisters and I flew to Zhangjiajie in China. The trip was advertised at an unbelievable price of $99 per person, excluding international airfare. This basic travel package included three meals a day, five nights of double-occupancy hotel stay, and tour bus for the entire trip. However, you guessed it, dance shows, shop, and tipping the tour guide, the bus drivers, additional attraction tours, and entrance fees were all extra. The final cost wound up to about $350 per person, still very cheap. Here are the pros and cons of this $99 package.

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Major Scenery:

The middle bodies dressed in blue are dead and being carried on shoulders by being strapped to poles. In ancient times, transportation was inefficient, so the only way to transfer cadavers back to their home town was by carrying them via poles. This made the corpses look like they were standing and moving. Thus, the nickname “walking corpses” to describe this was born. Photo courtesy of Apple Daily TW
  1. Skywalk (walk on a see-trough glass floor built along a hanging cliff, wearing shoe covers and experiencing the thrill. This is absolutely not for the faint hearted.)
  2. Cableway up the mountain is the longest cable tramway in the world. The view along the way is breathtaking.
  3. Tianmen Mountain Cave – There are 999 steps leading up to the Mountain Cave. Walking up the steps is like walking to heaven. In 2006, Russian pilots did an acrobatic show and performed a stunt of five airplanes flying through the naturally formed stone hole.
  1. 3,000 pillar-like mountains that shoot into the clouds. Trees and other vegetation grow on the rock formations. The scenery is like a Chinese traditional painting coming alive.
  2. A lofty mountain range whose summits are shrouded in mist and peak in grotesque shapes into the heavens.
  3. The Hallelujah Mountains in the 2010 Oscar-winning film “Avatar” in the fictional world Pandora were known to be inspired from Zhangjiajie.
  4. Bailong Elevator – The tallest elevator in the world, which takes tourists down a giant rock more than a thousand feet.

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