in the past zhangjiajie has been renowned as the bright pearl of northwestern hunan province. however, development in this area has lagged behind because of poor communication. nowadays with the support of the central government, the city has undergone great improvements through the construction of new infrastructure including highways, railways and an airport.
airport code: dyg
location: hehua (lotus) village, yongding district, 5km (3 miles) from the city center
brief intro: covering a total area of over 2,700 mu (445 acres), zhangjiajie hehua airport was put into service in 1994 to meet the needs of the city's blooming tourism industry. the terminal is uniquely designed in the traditional architectural style of the local tujia people. it has just begun an expansion project because of the increasing passenger flow and this will be completed before the beginning of beijing 2008 olympic games. the new expanded airport is expected to hold 19 parking stands and can cater to the needs of 2,500,000 passengers per year. to date hehua airport has served over 50 destinations to mainland chinese cities, hong kong, macau, beijing, shanghai, guangzhou, qingdao, xian, shenyang, tianjin, nanjing and changsha.
airport transportation: there is shuttle bus between zhangjiajie airport and the airport hotel (no.1 daqiao road) in the city center. it departs once every 20-30 minutes for the fare is about cny 5. bus no.4 and 5 stop at the airport hotel and the fare is only about cny1. there is also bus no.3 running to the city proper. taxis usually charge cny 15 for one-way service, making transportation fairly convenient.
tips: the flight schedule frequently changes, so please check the flight information on the screen in the booking office or inquire at the booking office. tickets can be booked at the guanghe airport booking office located on the first floor of guanghe shopping center on yingbin road or at the pengcheng airport booking office located at no.30 ziwu road (middle).
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