Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain takes its name after the Tianmen Cave, a natural karst cave under the mountain. The mountain is relatively gentle, full of old trees, winding vines, mosses, stalagmites, sits upon 494 acres. The rare mountaintop scenery makes it the most beautiful sky garden world over, and a paradise. Owing to this, it became Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, a national forest park in 1992. The plank road and glass skywalks on the cliffs are worthwhile going. The mountain summit of a height of 4,982 feet (1,518 meters) is about 5 miles from the downtown Zhangjiajie. Below are the major spots to visit:
Tianmen Mountain
Tianmen Mountain in Mist
Tianmen Mountain
Winter Scenery on the Mountain

Tianmen Mountain Cableway: The World’s Longest Cableway

The cableway in Tianmen Mountain is the world's longest at a length of 24,458 feet (7,455 meters). It begins in the City Garden downtown, and ends on the summit. It hangs like a rainbow, and hints of being a dragon in the clouds. The cableway throughput is 1,000 passengers per hour, and it averages 28 minutes per trip. In high season you have to wait in line for hours.

Tianmen Cave
Tianmen Cave

Heaven-linking Avenue

Heaven-linking Avenue, also known as 99 Bending Road or Big Gate Road, is a most hazardous road. It was built in 1998 with 99 consecutive turnings, and a total length of 6.7 miles (10.77 kilometres) was the road wonder. You can watch it from the cable car. You can also get to the mountaintop by this road with the shuttle bus of Tianmen Mountain scenic area.

Tianmen Cave: The Portal to the Heaven

The principal attraction on Tianmen Mountain, Tianmen Cave is a grand karst cave 431 feet high, 187 feet wide and 197 feet deep spanning under the mountain. Looking from afar, the cave looks like a way up to the heaven, hence the name, Tianmen, meaning Heavenly Door. The cave is shrouded by the year-round dense mists. Sometimes, cloaks of clouds gather at the cave's opening, with the sun glowing through it. , forming magical scenery.

Tianmen Mountain Temple

Tianmen Mountain Temple, on 5 acres of land, and featured by the overhanging eaves, is the western Hunan regional Buddhism centre. It started building in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and rebuilt in 2002. The temple enshrines one of the five relics of Sakyamuni Buddha in China. From the square in front of the temple, you get a panoramic view of the mountain.

Glass Skywalk

The glass skywalk marks the Tianmen Mountain tour climax. It is most fitting for the adventurous. On sunny days, the blue sky and white clouds accompany your walk. You will be both pleased and shocked by the sensation of walking on the clouds and the drop into the void below your feet. On cloudy days, the view of the glass corridor itself is a sensation. Now there are three glass skywalks in the east, west and Panlong Cliff respectively.
 See also: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

Recommended Touring Routes

 Take the cable car from the downtown City Garden to the summit → enjoy the sky garden on the peak →take the escalator down to the Tianmen Cave → after exploring Tianmen Cave, get down to the entrance gate by sightseeing bus → change to a shuttle bus for downtown
 Take the shuttle bus from City Garden to the entrance gate → reach the Tianmen Cave by sightseeing bus → after sightseeing, take the escalator up to the summit → tour the sky garden on the peak → take the cable car back to the City Garden

Map of Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain
Map of Tianmen Mountain

How to Get to Tianmen Mountain

 By Bus
 Take bus 1A, 1B, 10A, or 13 and get off at Tianmen Mountain Cable Car Company Station. Then walk 240 yards (220 meters) to take the cable car or shuttle bus to the scenic area.
 Take bus 4 and get off at Tianmen Mountain Cable Car Station. Then take the cable car or shuttle bus to the scenic area.
 Take bus 5, 6, 8 and get off at Flower of the Peace International Hotel Station. Then walk 400 yards (360 meters) to the downward cableway station.

 By Taxi
Taxi costs you CNY 10 from downtown area to the City Garden cableway station, and CNY 30 when coming from the airport.
Admission Ticket  CNY 232, including scenic spot ticket CNY 75 + traffic fare within scenic area CNY 183
The transport includes single-way cableway, shuttle bus, and the upper escalator between Tiammen Cave and the mountaintop.
Note: Free for children measuring below 4.2 feet (1.3 meters) and under 6 years old.
CNY 148 for tourists between 6 and 18 years old.
Surcharge inside the Scenic Spot  Peak forest cableway on the mountaintop: CNY 25 for single-way; the concessionary fare  (see * below) is CNY 15.
The lower escalator to Tianmen cave: CNY 32 for single-way; the concessionary fare is CNY 20.
Note: Free for children below 4.2 feet (1.3 meters).
* Concessionary fare is applied to tourists taller than 4.2 feet (1.3 meters) and under 18 years old.
A pair of shoe covers for glass skywalk is CNY 5.
Opening Hours 08:00-17:00
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- Last modified on May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Tianmen Mountain
Asked by Mr.Ha from S.KOREA | Jun. 21, 2019 21:07Reply
What is the difference between Tianmen Mountain Shuttle bus and Sightseeing bus?
Thank you for your posting.
In your Recommended Touring Routes, you suggested that we take shuttle bus and sightseeing bus.
What is the difference between Shuttle bus and Sightseeing bus?
Are both of them included in the Admission ticket price?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carla from USA | Jun. 24, 2019 21:00

1. The shuttle bus takes people between different tourisum sites, while sightseeing bus operates inside tourisum site.
2. Admission ticket includes scenic spot ticket CNY75 + traffic fare within scenic area CNY183.
The transport includes single-way cableway, shuttle bus, and the upper escalator between Tiammen Cave and the mountaintop. So it only covers shuttle bus.
Asked by Nicole Acuti from ITALY | Jun. 15, 2019 12:42Reply
Where does the shuttle that drives down the Tianmen Mountain stop?
Answers (1)
Answered by Iries from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 16, 2019 23:00

It is near the Heavenly Ladder.
Asked by Lily from INDONESIA | Jun. 09, 2019 18:06Reply
How to buy ticket to Tianmen Mountain
1. If we go to Tianmen Mountain. Could we buy the entrance ticket and cable car on the spot ?
2. If we buy one single trip cable car to top, is any bus from mountain to city ? And how much the cost

Answers (1)
Answered by Jennifer from USA | Jun. 09, 2019 23:10

1. Yes, you can.
2. The bus fare is included in the entrance ticket.
Asked by Farhana from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 30, 2019 02:09Reply
Hi. I am planning my trip to China and wish to visit Tianmen mountain.
However i am unsure as to book a few days stay in Zhangjiajie or to pass through. I hope to visit hong kong, beijing and shanghai. Can you advise the best route? from which city is it best to travel to Zhangjiajie? Is one day stay sufficient? Should i book accommodation?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fred from USA | May. 30, 2019 20:35

You can follow the route: Beijing - Shanghai - Zhangjiajie - HK. In fact, at least three days are needed to visit Zhangjiajie and you should book accommodation.
Asked by Paul from POLAND | May. 24, 2019 09:54Reply
I plan to come to Zhangjiajie. I would like to visit Tianmen Mountain.
I am asking for step by step instructions on what I must do and where to go to get the cable way to the top. I am also asking for any costs.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy from AUSTRALIA | May. 27, 2019 02:02

Don't worry, just take Bus Line 102/101 or 1A/1B to Tianmenshan Cable-car Station, which is in the city area. It costs about CNY230 per person.
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