Back Home — FZCJ Trip Day 12 # China

We eat breakfast at Bakmi GM and going back home by Airasia. See you next journey…

Back to Indonesia — FZCJ Trip Day 11 # China

We have to wake up at 04:30 and go to airport because we will go back today. At 05:30, we go to Airport and depart at 08:20 with Cathay Pasific.

Arrive at Hongkong International Airport at 10:35, we walk around in the airport while waiting for our next flight at 16:00.

Then at 16:00, we go back to Jakarta.

Arrive at Jakarta, my cousin pick us up and we eat dinner together at Seafood Bandar PIK. Then they drop us at Hotel Amaris Soekarno-Hatta near Airport.

Amaris Bandara Hotel
Jl. Husein Sastranegara no. 1
Benda Airport Soekarno Hatta
Jakarta 15125

Songpan County 松潘县 — FZCJ Trip Day 10 # China

Today is our last day in Jiuzhaigou. Tonight we will go back to Chengdu. But before go to the airport, we go to some shopping place, attraction spot at Songpan County 松潘县.

Songpan / Songzhou, is a county of northwestern Sichuan province, China, and is one of the 13 counties administered by the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. It has an area of 8,486 square kilometres (3,276 sq mi), and a population of approximately 68,000 composed of TibetanQiangHan and Hui populations.

The economy of Songpan is dominated by agriculture and livestock raising. In recent years, tourism has become an increasingly important sector, and is actively promoted by the authorities. Additionally, Songpan is popular among foreign students and other Chinese language learners staying in China as the base for treks through the scenic mountains nearby. Apart from the scenic attraction of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area which is located in the county, Songpan with its strategic location also acts as the gateway to Jiuzhaigou Valley at the north.

Credit: Wikipedia

First, we go to stone government shop.

We enter Songpan County. There’s a unique gate for a sign we are coming to Songpan County.

Then we go to tea government shop.

Then eat lunch, and visit Mounigou Scenic Area. It is like Jiuzhaigou, but new and still not many tourists know about this area.

After eat dinner, we go to airport and at 23:30 go back to Chengdu.

Jiuzhaigou 九寨沟 National Park — FZCJ Trip Day 09 # China

We woke up early then go to Jiuzhaigou Valley and this is my 2nd time to explore Jiuzhaigou, but this time, We decided to rent a car than ride shuttle to save time. The car with 20 seat cost 4800 Yuan/car.

Credit: Wikipedia

Jiuzhaigou 九寨沟 Jiǔzhàigōu is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China. A long valley running north to south, Jiuzhaigou was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

The Jiuzhaigou valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares (180,000 acres). It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft).

Don’t forget to rent tranditional clothes and take picture in there.Then we go eat dinner with villager. If we lucky, we can eat Yak meat.

And go back to hotel to enjoy last day in hotel.

Huanglong 黄龙 National Scenic Reverse and Jiuzhai Paradise Intercontinental Resort — FZCJ Trip Day 08 # China

We woke up early to catch flight. We supposed to depart at 04:30 but there’s some group member that late and we depart on 05:00. Arrive at the airport, we have to hurry and we are the last one that enter the plane.

I got last seat.

After depart for about 45 minutes, we supposed to arrive shortly. But because the bad weather, we have to go back to Chengdu.

Then at 10:00, we take-off again and this time we succesfully landing.

Then we continued our journey using bus to Huanglong National Scenic Reserve 黄龙. Our local guide called Xiao Bo. After eating lunch, we enter The scenic Reserve. We should be able to continue our journey, but our local guide afraid that we late so he called us many times to ask us to go down. And it’s annoying. So we didn’t finished until the rainbow pole.

Then we go to Jiuzhaigou Hotel and eat buffet dinner at Jiuzhai Paradise Interconinental Resort. Heard that this is the expensive buffet in Jiuzhaigou but I think the food is so so. I prefer to enjoy street food than in the expensive restaurant.

Tip: It’s better if you stay in usual hotel than the luxury one because you will not enjoy the hotel much. The food is so-so, it’s better to looking for street food. And spend your time to enjoy the scenic.

Chengdu 成都 City Tour — FZCJ Trip Day 07 # China

Because we arrive late, so the local guide give us time to sleep more. We depart at 09:00.

This is my 2nd time come to Sichuan Province, but at the first time I didn’t explore Chengdu. And this will be my 2nd time to visit Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou too.

We go to Chengdu Research Base Panda. But because the weather is still hot, the panda didn’t active in the outside but they sleep in their room.

There’s Red Panda too.

We see this cute peacock too.

Then we go to eat lunch.
And go shopping at Government Silk Shop. We also go to Wide and Narrow Street 宽窄巷子.

Then we go eat dinner, and shopping at Chunxi Road.
Then watch Changing Face Show which very famous in Chengdu which cost RMB 180 (This is my 2nd time watch this show)

And we go back to hotel to rest because tomorrow we need to take early morning flight.

Explore Zhangjiajie 张家界 day 3 — FZCJ Day 06 # Hunan – China

At 08:00 we walk to Yuanjiajie Park 袁家界.

Then after eating lunch, we go to Baofeng Lake 宝峰湖 and ride boat in there.

There’s souvenir shop in there.

Then we continue to explore this place.

Then we go to sand gallery picture.

After eat dinner, we go to airport to take flight to Chengdu at 23:30. But we got delayed to 01:00.

Arrive at Chengdu, we go to hotel for rest.

Explore Zhangjiajie 张家界 day 2 — FZCJ Day 05 # Hunan – China

Because it’s raining, so we change evening schedule into morning activity. Firstly, we go to

Yellow Dragon Cave 黄龙洞 (credit)

Yellow Dragon Cave, known as “the wonder of the world’s caves”, is one of the largest caverns in China. It is a karst cave, full of stalagmites, stalactites, underground streams, and large caverns.

Height: 140 meters in its highest cavern

Length: 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) — it’s not all open to touring

Area: 48 hectares (120 acres)

Time needed: 2 hours

Entrance fee: 100 yuan

Then we go back to Zhangjiajie National Park, we will visit Tianzi Shan 天子山.

Tianzi Shan 天子山

Location: in the northern part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Hunan Province
Height: the highest peak is about 1,262m (4,140 feet)
Area: 67 square kilometers (16,550 acres)

Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Mountain Nature Reserve is one of the four scenic spots in Wulingyuan (three other spots are Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkSuoxi Valley Nature Reserve and Yangjiajie Scenic Area)

Tianzi Mountain provides stunning views of peaks, which rise one after another. It is known as ‘the Monarch of the Peak Forest‘. At the top of the mountain, visitors can see the full extent of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Beautiful scenes of the mountain greet visitors in different seasons. There are four wonders: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter. (credit)

The Lift to go down

This is where AVATAR movie, a science fiction movie from America. We will walk around at the peak and when it’s foggie, it’s more beautiful.

Then at night, some of us will watch the show. But the others didn’t want to watch and because it’s unconvenient to go back to hotel, so we have to wait in the bus.

After the show ended, we all go back to hotel for rest.

Phoenix City 凤凰县 to Zhangjiajie 张家界 — FZCJ Day 04 # Hunan – China

Today we will continue our journey to the next city, Zhangjiajie 张家界 The journey took 5 hours by bus. We drop by Furong Town 芙蓉镇.

Furong Town 芙蓉镇 is a small ancient village proudly boasting on the top of a cliff with a huge waterfall flowing underneath – an amazing view ( http://travelcathay.com/2015/02/03/hibiscus-furong-village-hunan/).

Then we go to Zhangjiajie 张家界.

Zhangjiajie 张家界 is a prefecture-level city in the northwestern part of Hunan province, People’s Republic of China. It comprises the district of Yongding and counties of Cili and Sangzhi. Within it is located Wulingyuan Scenic Area which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 as well as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.

The city itself was previously named Dayong 大庸, and has a recorded history dating back to 221 BC. Humans lived here along both banks of the Lishui River (the mother river in Zhangjiajie 张家界), now within the boundaries of Zhangjiajie 张家界 City, very early during the Stone Age. Human settlement in this region dates back 100,000 years, rivaling such famous sites as Xi’an, Beijing and others. In 1986, the Academy of Chinese Social Science discovered Stone Age relics in Cili County, unearthing 108 articles of stoneware; mostly tapered-form, hacked-tamped and plate-shaped works. According to archaeological experts’ textual research, all of these wares were produced about 100,000 years ago. Shortly thereafter, in 1988, the Archaeological Institute of Hunan Province found other relics in Sangzhi County, including three pieces of stoneware which were estimated to have been fashioned over 100,000 years ago.

Ten thousand years ago, those who lived within the boundaries of what is now Zhangjiajie 张家界 City employed fire to bake pottery. Archaeologists have found more than 20 relics of this kind in Cili County, while in Sangzhi County, a black clay pot adorned with a unique design was unearthed dating back ten thousand years. During that period, this pottery-firing technique was the most advanced in China. These technological advancements in the fashioning of stone tools and pottery would seem to indicate a highly developed culture in this region. However, the society which developed only endured briefly before waning and being superseded by other regional powers. This seems understandable in view of Zhangjiajie’s remote geographical position, its undeveloped land and river transportation, and its mountainous terrain making cultivation difficult. For these reasons, Zhangjiajie has been labeled “the Land of the Savage Southern Minority” since the earliest recorded history. Additional name descriptors have been the “Wuling Rude People” and “Tujia Rude People“, indicative of discriminatory views held against the regional culture.

The new name of Zhangjiajie 张家界 City was adopted in 1994, after the National Forest Park in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area 武陵源 in order to give it more prominence and after this site had been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The National Forest Park had been given the name of Zhangjiajie 张家界 after the name of a small village located within its bounds, and now a popular tourist attraction within the park. The three-character name Zhangjiajie 张家界 can be interpreted as follows: “Zhang 张” is a common surname in China; “jia 家” can be translated as “family“; and “jie 界” can be translated as “homeland“, giving the completed translation of “Zhang family homeland.” It has been reported that at least one tourist guide has said that the name may have been chosen to convey the idea or impression of “Open the family door to welcome the world开家门引进世界“, but this is not the locally accepted and directly-translated meaning of the name. The official version of its name is linked to a Han general, Zhang Liang, who resettled in the area after a suspicious Liu Bang, the Han emperor, started to persecute his staffs and generals who had contributed to his becoming emperor. It was so named to signify that the Zhang family had set up home there.

Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhangjiajie

We will visit Zhangjiajie National Park for 3 days. Today is the 1st day, and the first destination in Zhangjiajie is 

Tianmen Shan / Heaven Gate Mountain


Tianmen Mountain 天门山 Tiānmén Shān is a mountain located within Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie 张家界, in northwestern Hunan Province, China.

A cablecar was constructed by the French company Poma from nearby Zhangjiajie 张家界 railway station to the top of the mountain. Tianmen Mountain Cableway is claimed in tourist publications as the “longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world“, with 98 cars and a total length of 7,455 metres (24,459 ft) and ascent of 1,279 metres (4,196 ft) The highest gradient is an unusual 37 degrees. Tourists can walk on kilometres of paths built onto the cliff face at the top of the mountain, including sections with glass floors. An 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) road with 99 bends also reaches the top of the mountain and takes visitors to Tianmen cave, a natural hole in the mountain of a height of 131.5 metres (431 ft).
A large temple is also located on the summit with chairlift or footpath access. The original temple here was built in the Tang Dynasty. Today a more recent construction with Tang dynasty architecture occupies the site and includes a vegetarian restaurant in the 10000 sq mi of setting.On September 25, 2011 Jeb Corliss glided through the 100 feet (30 m) wide archway in the mountain using a wingsuit. The flight began from a helicopter at 6,000 feet (1,800 m), and ended with a safe landing on a nearby bridge. The World Wingsuit League held the first and second World Wingsuit Championships in Tianmen. On October 8, 2013, during a training jump for the second world championships, Viktor Kováts plunged to his death when he was unable to open his parachute.


First we ride cable car for 7 km. There’s 2 stop: 1st station (in the middle) and 2nd station (highest). Don’t stop in the middle but go to the highest first. When we arrive at the upstair, there’s a flash then it’s raining hard. The cable car has been set that if there’s a flash they will stop operated. Thank God that we have arrived at the uphill. One of our group has been stuck inside the cable car. They arrive at the uphill, but didn’t reach the terminal. And the staff try to open the door with force and they can come out. We walk around the area, there’s a long path and there’s a short path. We choose the long path.

We can see Tianmen Temple from there. And also, there’s a glass walk in there, if you love challenge, you can walk on glass walk and see what’s below. Unfortunately, it’s closed due bad weather.

After walk around, then we ride cable car again to go to 1st station (middle).

We arrive at Tianmen Mountain. You can see 999 steps of stairs to the Heaven Gate.

Then we go upstairs. Some of us rest at the downstair.

After climb the 999 steps, we rest for a while then go down by shuttle bus.
We passed 11km road with 99 bend. This is the view that we got.

Arrive at the downhill, we go to eat dinner and those who wants to watch the show, they will go to watch the show. Meanwhile, we didn’t want to watch so we go shopping while waiting for those who watch the show.

At 22:10 they pick us up then go back to hotel to rest.

Changsha 长沙市 to Phoenix City 凤凰县 — FZCJ Day 03 # Hunan – China

Because we arrive late yesterday, so the guide is very kind to us. They let us to sleep longer. It’s a pity that We didn’t have time to roaming around Changsha 长沙市.

Changsha 长沙市 (wikipedia) is the capital and most populous city of Hunan Province in the south central part of the People’s Republic of China.

Changsha 长沙市has a history of more than 3,000 years. Changsha 长沙市was the capital of Changsha Kingdom in the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and the capital of the Chu State (907–951) in the Ten Kingdoms period. The lacquerware and Silk Texts recovered from Mawangdui (2nd century BC) there are an indication of the richness of local craft traditions. In 1904 Changsha 长沙市 was opened to foreign trade, and large numbers of Europeans and Americans settled there. Changsha 长沙市 was the site of Mao Zedong’s conversion to communism. Changsha 长沙市 is now an important commercial, manufacturing and transportation centre.

We eat breakfast at 08:00 then depart from Changsha 长沙市 to Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian at 09:00 o’clock. It took about 7 – 8 hours by bus via highway and then another 1 hours through mountain.

We almost sleep along the journey, still got the jetlag from prevous flight. But actually the scene is very beautiful. The driver and the guide is very kind, they let us sleep and the driver drives carefully. And even inform us when we enter the bump road.

Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian is an ancient town. There’s 2 part of the city, the modern one and the ancient one. Our hotel is on the modern one.

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Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian is under the administration of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan province, China, bordering the prefecture-level cities of Huaihua to the southeast and Tongren (Guizhou) to the west. It has an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbors unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. The town is placed in a mountain setting, incorporating the natural flow of water into city layout. Over half of the city’s population belong to the Miao or Tujia minorities. It was the center of the unsuccessful Miao Rebellion (1854–73), which created a Miao diaspora in Southeast Asia during the last two centuries. The city is revered in Miao traditions and funeral rites and is the location of the Southern China Great Wall (中国南方长城 Zhōngguó Nánfāng Chángchéng / Miao: “Suav Tuam Choj“), a fortification built by the Ming dynasty to protect the local Han Chinese from Miao attacks.
The ancient town of Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on March 28, 2008 in the Cultural category. This ancient town was regarded as the most beautiful town in China by New Zealand writer Rewi Alley. It was built in 1704, and has 300 years of history. The ancient city is a gathering place for Miao and Tujia ethnic minority.

Though there is no airport or train station in Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian, it is quite convenient to go to Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian. The nearest airport Fenghuang Airport in Tongren City is only 34km away from Fenghuang County and the nearest train station in Jishou City is only 50km away. After arriving at Fenghuang Airport or Jishou Train Station, tourists may take a bus or taxi to Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian. Besides, Zhangjiajie Airport and Huaihua Train Station are also often used as transfer stop for Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian.

We arrive at Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian at 15:00 then we go to the ancient part and walk around. It’s beaufitul. We even managed to ride boat.

When the night come, the city is full of light and make the city more beautiful.

After walk around, and before it’s dark, we go back to hotel to eat dinner and rest. The weather is too hot, and uncomfortable.