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天门山Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, a famous mountain first recorded in the history of Zhangjiajie, has an elevation of 1518.6 meters. It is only 8 kilometers far from the downtown and is one of the most representative natural sceneries of Zhangjiajie. For a long time, Tianmen  Mountain not only attracts the attention of the people by its miraculous and unique geographic landform and unparalleled natural landscape, but also well known for its profound cultural connotations and famous colorful humanistic sites. It is revered as the soul of culture and spirit of Zhangjiajie and reputed as Number One Miraculous Mountain in Western Hunan.
The main body of Tianmen Mountain  is uniquely skyscraping and domineering. Tianmen Cave the natural mountain-penetrating karst cave with the highest elevation in the world, hangs on the towering cliff. The cave becomes the unique sight under heaven and breeds the profound and grand Heaven Culture and Culture of Fairy Mountain  in the local area. Tianmen Mountain is the second national forest park in Zhangjiajie. On the mountaintop are intact sub-primitive forests with overflowing wild atmosphere in all the seasons. In addition, the densely populated karst hillocks and karrens plus the mating of strange rocks and graceful trees create a grand garden of bonsai as if blessed by the God. Tianmen Mountain Temple, with an area of over 10000 square meters, enjoys a booming pilgrimage ever since the Ming Dynasty. It is the Buddhist center of Western Hunan. The six unresolved mysteries in the past hundreds of years such as Opening of Tianmen Cave, Shadow of Guigu, and Auspicious Unicorn  have added the mysterious and elusive atmosphere for Tianmen Mountain .
     The tourist traffic design of Tianmen Mountain  is worth the title of world-shocking masterpiece. It will bring shocking and unforgettable experiences for the tourists. Tianmen Mountain Cableway, Heaven-Linking Avenue, Tianmen Cave and Bonsai Garden in the Air are reputed as the four great wonders. Tianmen Mountain Cableway, the longest one-way recycling passenger cableway in the world, has a length of 7455 meters and a height gap of 1279 meters.
It takes the tourists from the atmosphere of modern city directly to the hug of the primitive garden in the air. During the running of cableway, the landscape transforms into a kaleidoscope, making the tourists experience a miraculous feeling of flying angels in the sky as well as of being blended into a long grand painting of landscape. The mountain-winding highway of Tianmen Mountain, nicknamed as Heaven-Linking Avenue, has a total length of less than 11 kilometers. Yet the elevation of it rises sharply from 200 meters to 1300 meters. The avenue rises steeply according to the form of mountain. The 99 blends link closely with each other and pile up in layers, making a pattern of a circling flying dragon reaching the skyline. Tourists marvel at it, which is worth the title of the Top Highway Wonder in the World.

Tianmen Mountain is also the second national forest park in Zhangjiajie City. It boasts intact primitive forests. There are a flood of rare trees and some precious medicine herbs. Here is still the paradise of the animals. All these shape the mountain into a “primitive garden in the air” that can’t find in another place.(Click to enlarge)


Tianmen Mountain is approved to be National Forest Park in 1992, boasting abundant up-to- 90% vegetation. On the mountain there are a wealth of rare species of plant. Old trees grow very high to the sky. A 7.2-km long cable car was constructed in the park, which is said to be the longest of the same type in the world.

With profound cultural background, Tianmen Mountain is always considered as the holy mountain by locals. A 500-year-old Buddhist temple is nestled in the mountain attracting thousands of prayers every year. Many legends and stories about the mountain were inherited from generation to generation, which are widely spread in the west of Hunan Province.


Tianmen Cave is the natural water-eroded cave with the highest elevation in the world. In the year 263(the sixth year of Wuyong Period of Three Kingdoms), the thousand-meter high cliff of Songliang Mountain suddenly broke open into a door-like cave which became a rare wonder of the world. Hence Songliang Mountain is change to Tianmen Mountain.    Tianmen Cave runs south-northward with a height of 131.5 meters, a width of 57meters and a depth of 60 meters. It rises above the ground and nears the sky with a lofty and towering posture. The shadow of it reaches the north of the vast sea, the clouds over it near the south of the handle of the Dipper. It's much like a gate towards the heaven. The wonder attracted the visits and appreciations by emperors, officials, sages, hermits, dignitaries and men of letters of different dynasties. After the accumulation over the dynasties, the unique profound Culture of Heaven is built up.  Heaven Door tourism object is a giant oval hole on the top of Tianmen Mountain, (1518 meters above sea level) Zhanjiajie City, Hunan Province, China. With beautiful natural scenery covered with snow, now began to open to foreign tourists, especially to Asia including Indonesia.

To go to these locations can use the cable car to the track to climb as far as 7.3 kilometers traveled about a half hour drive.

Throughout the trip with a rode a cable car, tourists will pass through the tops of the long line of snowy mountains that are always in the winter. Previous first pass through the villages and the rice field and vegetable garden so wide and looks verdant.

Heaven’s Door hole also was able to be reached on foot up the tens of thousands of steps on the slopes of rocky mountains. Also also, have completed a new roadway that directly approaching the peak. Because across the mountains, the new road was filled with sharp turn conditions on the steep ravine.

In 1999, the masters of international stunt flying piloted the planes to fly through Tianmen Cave. The activity gave rising to sensational reactions in the world. There were 800 million audiences watching the live telecast.On March 17-19, “The 2006 Russia Air Force Aerobatics Performance ” entered ceremoniously in Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie , the Soviet-27 heavy battle plane and Russia air force warrior composed a world-shaking legend here once more .



Tianmen Mountain Cableway, the longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world, has 98 cars and 57 brackets altogether (including 3 rescuing brackets), all of which are original imported facilities from POMA, the French corporation. The cableway has a total length of 7455 meters and a height gap of 1279 meters. It is one of the few cable cars within China with a height gap over 1000 meters. The local gradient from the middle station to the upper station is as high as 37 degrees, which is rare in the world. It is the cableway with the largest local gradient as well as one with most brackets in China
  Tianmen Mountain  is an integrated synclinal geological unit which has the landform of middle-mountain karst platform with peak groups and canyons. The top of Tianmen mountain is a cliff sight of karst platform. The karst hillocks and karrens spread wildly to form wonders of stone forests in the air. Moreover, with moss spreading all over the ground, wild vines twining and twisting, what come into sight are natural bonsais like grand gardens which were as if created by the immortals. The tourists can relish the natural wonders and feel the miracles of the Creator to their hearts' content.


In order that tourists may enjoy the scenery on the summit at a higher angle and with a broader vision and numerous Buddhists may reach Tian Men Mountain Temple in the north of the summit faster with ease, Tian Men Mountain scenic area has built a summit sightseeing hanging chair cableway starting from Yunmeng Fairy Summit and ending at the Cherry Bay with a whole length of 800 m. Both the design of the car and adjustment speed render the tourists with full time and space for touring the summit and one feels as if he is walking on the garden in the air with absolute satisfaction.
The summit of Zhang Jiajie---Yunmeng Fairy Summit, 1518.6 m above sea level, is the summit of Tianmen Mountain and Zhang Jiajie. Looking around, the sixteen peaks of Tianmen Mountain are different in shape; looking afar, the scenery of Wulingyuan comes into view; looking into the city, the new appearance of Zhang Jiajie is taken in at a glance.

Tian Men Mountain Temple was first built in the Tang Dynasty as a center of Buddhism in the area of western Hunan.The present Tian Men Mountain Temple is rebuilt on the basis of the original site with a plot area of more than 10,000 sqm. It adopts an official style of the Qing Dynasty and the buildings in the Temple compare well with the famous classical houses at home. The Temple is located in the mountain hollow with a broad vision. If one gazes into the southeast, all the hills seem to be so small that the Temple is really like an overlord.

Safety Advice

1Tianmen Mountain is a national forest park with luxuriant plants.It is a special fire control unit.Except for the specially set smoking points,smoking is prohibited within the whole park.Meanwhile,starting fire,camping fire or barbecuing are forbidden in any place of the scenic zone.
Since Tianmen Mountain belongs to the typical karst landform.There aer many natural pits and hidden caves within the scenic zone. The terrain is complicated.So for your safety please don
t deviate from the touring route to your own wills.
For your safety,please don
t climb or transcend the protective rails,neither forcefully lean on the rails for fear of sudden disaters.
Please don
t seat or rest on the stone steps of the touring paths for fear of congestion and inconvenience to others.
Please don
t stay or take pictures at the places without protective facilities outside the limit of the touring routes.
The platform within the Tianmen Cave is relatively small.Please don
t stay there too long for fear of over crowding in the cave.
The Heavenly Ladder is rather steep and precipitous.Please don
t run,jump,and fight playfully during the climbing.
Please carefully read the notice on riding on the environmentally clean vehicles and cable cars.Tourists with heart diseases,hypertension,infectious diseases,dottiness or overdrinking are denied to ride on the cable cars and environmentally clean vehichles.
When passing through the various gate-locks or riding on the cable car and environmentall clean vehicles,please abide by the order,queue up automatically and cooperate with the staff.
Please keep your children within your eyesight.

Entrance Fee: CNY 248 (the ticket price includes Yellow Stone Stronghold, Golden Whip Stream and Yaozi Village in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Yangjiajie, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain and Ten-mile Gallery in Wulingyuan Scenic Spot)
King Dragon Cave CNY 65
Baofeng Lake CNY 76
Yellow Dragon Cave CNY 82
Tianzi Mountain Cable Car CNY 52 (single trip); CNY 104 (round trip)
Yellow Stone Village Cable Car CNY 48 (single trip); CNY 96 (round trip)
Shuiraosimen Sightseeing Elevator CNY 56 (single trip); CNY 112 (round trip)
Ten-mile Gallery Tourist Train CNY 33 (round trip)
West Hunan Folk Custom Performance CNY 240
Tianmen (Heavenly Door) Mountain Scenic Area CNY258 (including all the scenic spots, round-trip cable car and the shuttle bus)


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