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

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.

Stranded at 香港 Hongkong and Hangzhou — FZCJ Day 02 # China

Arrive at Hongkong at 09:20, we surely missed the flight. A lot of people missed their flight, for example those who has continue flight to Seoul. But they are a big group, almost 30 people. So, the plane is waiting for them. We are only 8 people T___T ~cry

Once entering the waiting hall, the staff from Cathay has already call us “Changsa.. Changsa..” and then they take us to the nearest transit hall and give us 2 option.

  1. Stay at Hongkong, then go to Changsa with next day flight (they already hold the ticket).
  2. Continue the journey, but they will re-route our route. We will first go to Hangzhou with Dragon Air at 12:25-14:40, then continue to Changsa with local flight at 15:40-17:05.

We choose the 2nd option, because surely we can’t do anything in Hongkong (only transit in hotel), so it’s better if we today arrive at Changsa.

They give us lunch voucher at Hongkong International Airport. Then after eating lunch, we go to waiting hall.

And you know what, the flight got delayed again ~cry. We depart from Hongkong 13:00 and arrive at Hangzhou at 15:30, so we missed the flight to Changsa again. Haha… ~lol, I really don’t know am I should cry or laugh

Arrive at Hangzhou, the staff from Cathay Pasific has already waiting for us. They assist us to domestic terminal, then give us the flight ticket to Changsa at 23:30 and give us afternoon tea voucher for 90 RMB.

We eat dinner at Kungfu Restaurant then waiting for check-in counter to open at 20:30.

Then at 23:30 we depart to Changsa, and arrive at 01:15. We got a business class at Eastern China Airlines.

Our local guide has already waiting for us at Changsa. And he take us to Xiang Rong Hotel to rest.

It’s really a long journey to start a trip. haha.. But, I will always remember this memory, 33 hours Airport to Airport trip. This is precious, especially when you stranded at airport with you brothers and cousins Lol~~ (and it won’t happen twice). Life is unpredictable.

I applaud and grateful for Cathay Pasific for their best service to help us for the transit even the delayed because of storm (and not their fault).

From Jakarta to Changsha by Cathay Pasific — FZCJ Trip Day 01 # China

This trip is organized by my cousin’s friends and my cousin as the tour leader.
Fenghuang – Zhangjiajie – Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou (FZCJ) trip for 10th days, organized by Lumba-Lumba Tour & Travel Surabaya, with cost USD 2.980/pax (depart from Jakarta) by Cathay Pasific.

The additional cost:

  • China Visa: IDR 590.000/pax
  • Jakarta International Airporttax: IDR 150.000/pax

The price is quiet expensive because it’s high season and long holiday in Indonesia.

At 13:00, we depart using Damri Shuttle from Hotel Wisata to Adisucipto International Airport. It cost IDR 35.000/pax.

At 14:18 we arrive at Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta then proceed to check-in counter. 

We are flying with Garuda from Yogyakarta (JOG) to Jakarta (CGK).  Our flight is at 17:15-18:15 with rate IDR 505.000/pax. We arrived at airport too early, but because it’s Indonesia Big Holiday, we are affraid if there’s a traffic. So it’s better to go early than missing flight.

There’s a delay, we depart at 18:20, and arrive at Jakarta at 19:35. Then we go to International Departure to check our flight and we still can’t check-in yet.
Then, my other cousin that stay at Jakarta, take us to eat dinner at Smokey Ribs at PIK Jakarta.

At 23:00 we arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Terminal 2 again, and when we check the flight time, there’s a notice that our flight to Changsa will depart at 4 o’clock. Actually, our flight time should be at 23:55 around that time. But earlier we got notice via sms that it’s already delay 2 hours become 13:55. And now delay again 2 hours become 15:55. 

We heard that there’s a big storm at Hongkong and surround and it makes our plane depart late from Hongkong to Jakarta. Not only our plane, but all of the plane got a delayed.

And the big problem is, we should arrive in Hongkong at 05:20. Then continue our flight at 09:15. But because this delayed problem, we will arrive in Hongkong at 09:20 which means we will missed our flight. The staff at counter check-in help us to call Hongkong Airport and she said, the staff at Hongkong Airport will give us option when we arrived there.

Then at 15:55, we depart to Hongkong. So this is the start of the longest departure, we spend almost 33 hours to depart haha..