The Avatar Dream became Real
STORY CIRCA 2010.
I remember seeing a documentary in TV about where the movie Avatar was inspired and was just amazed. The place was just magical and unreal. I pretty much thought that going to that place would be impossible and hard. I gave up on that dream the minute i felt like there’s no way i’ll be able to go there.
Years passed and my mom asked me to make a flyer about some tours that they’re gonna feature and lo and behold there’s actually an Avatar tour going to the location and the whole thing! It’s actually in China and very accessible. Then after another maybe 3 or 4 years. I was working for my mom’s travel agency and we got invited to the place and mom decided that I should go!
FAST FORWARD TO LAST JUNE,2017!
I went there via China Southern and had a pleasant surprise! I was not expecting the legroom to be so spacious and how the plane so comfy despite it not having any tvs to entertain the passengers.
When I finally got off the airport and to be able to see Zhang Jia Jie. It felt like I was in province here in the philippines. The smell of dirt and fresh air is just great. I can’t see anything since it’s night time but I did know i’ll be having a good time there.
The Whole Trip
The trip was amazing. I never thought I’ll be able to go there. it was just very surreal and unreal. I promise my camera just can’t give it justice. There are a lot of times where I just put my phone down because no matter how many times I take a picture of the place. I am just incapable of capturing it with my phone and lousy camera. I don’t know I think I also blame my camera. lol
The trip is also endless amount of glass bridges and long cable cars. If you’re a height junkie this would surely be awesome for you but if you’re afraid of heights well it’s time to face your fears.
But this place is definitely for the books!
Follow up questions:
How do I travel there? Can I go backpacking?
Honestly, I’d say take a tour and travel in a group tour. It’s easier and you won’t need to think of how are you going to go from places to places because each attractions are very much far away from each other. But if you still prefer to backpack on your own it’s also okay.
When is the best time to travel there?
Best time to travel to Zhangjiajie is probably spring and autumn so you won’t get to cold. Traveling in the summer might be to hot for some and winter to be too cold for others and you should consider you’ll be outside 80% of the time.
How are the people there?
People are really kind. There are just some tourist that can come of quite rude but just learn to steer clear of them.
Do you need a visa?
Yes, For Filipino travelers you’ll be needing a China Visa to enter the country itself. Make sure to go to a certified travel agency or you can do it yourself.
What Airlines fly to Zhang Jia Jie?
There are a lot of ways going to the area. You can fly manila – taipei – Zhangjiajie, manila – canton – zhangjiajie or manila – xiamen – changsha. There are no direct flights to Zhangjiajie.
You can use China eastern, China Southern, Xiamen Air, Air Busan, Eva Air.
Where can I book this type of tour?
Skywin Int’l Travel Agency offers this type of tours and for sure you will be well taken care of.
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