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After leaving our guesthouse we took a bus to another spot in the park where we could walk around. Where we got off the bus, there was a McDonalds. It was a huge McDonalds but wonders never cease, they had no bathrooms. I always thought you could at least rely on McDonalds for good bathrooms but not at this one. As we briefly walked around there wasn't much to see due to the low clouds, likely due to the hot weather and humidity. Of course there ...
Today was spent in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. This was one of the places I was most looking forward to on this trip. Nevertheless, although the scenery was spectacular, the pushing and shoving through the thousands and thousands of tourists was not. The pathways were also all stone and steps were made of stone and cement so the hiking was easy except again for the thousands of stairs. The views were great if you could actually push in to take a photo. This park is ...
... to the north of Zhangjiajie city in a tiny guesthouse called Ding ding.
Our first views of the park have been stunning, it is very different from Tianmen with lots of high stone pillars. The guesthouse is in a tiny village where they have their own chickens and grow their own veg. The food is simple but delicious, the owners have been very friendly and the rooms are nicely done and very clean. We will sleep well here tonight!
... nearly two hours! We finally climb on board and are pleasantly surprised with the views on the ride to the top. The cable car climbs over 4,300 feet of elevation to the top of a plateau-like mountain where we can stroll around on walkways that are cantilevered out from the side of the steep cliffs. The most exciting of these is a 200 foot long glass walkway, which is similarly cantilevered out from the side of the cliff. You can look straight down ...
... clouds so as shown in the picture the peaks could peek through. We then walked the quarter mile or so from another park bus stop to Ding Ding's place, where our friends also got a room. We spent the rest of the rainy day in our beds reading and wondering if they serve food here, or if not where we could find some.
Our room is as clean and comfortable as all so far, with the same air conditioner as in Yangshuo, only this one is in heating ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTongda International Hotel Zhangjiajie
The amenities in this hotel are in good shape and clean. However, few staff speak English ('international' appears to refer to the Korean gift shop) and the breakfast buffet in the European restaurant consists of fried Chinese food and some toast. As in many Chinese hotels, the breakfast buffet is cleared half an hour early. Getting some sleep here may also become an issue, what with the street noise and honking tour buses at 6 a.m. Lastly, the tourism department turned out to be non-existent, but the concierge can be helpful with directions and information on transportation.
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