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 258, 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 Apr. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Tianmen Mountain
Asked by CLAUDITA_ | Apr. 05, 2019 03:36Reply
I'll arrive at the Zhangjiajie Airport at 11:20, so I'll do a late visit to the mountain.
Regarding the opening hours (8:00-17:00) this means that at 17:00 the park closes no one is inside or just the entrance door is closed. There are buses or cable car after 17:00 to go back to the city? I don't want to miss the glass sky walks or the 999 ladder or the cave. is it possible? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 11, 2019 22:59

The time is tight and you may queue a long time for something like cable cars. It may be hard for you to visit all the sights in such limited time. You can stay overnight in the near town Wulingyuan and then explore the next day. The last bus from the park to the city area is at about 18:00. However, the las bus back to city from Wulingyuan Bus Station is at around 20:00
Asked by Stanley Tai from MALAYSIA | Mar. 24, 2019 03:55Reply
Opening hours about Tianmen Mountain
I will arrive at 1420 by train, will I have enough time to start at 1500 and do both the East and West glass walk ? Is the closing time 1700 or 1800 on April 1 ?
Google search said it close at 1800 today.

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 29, 2019 01:10

I'm afraid the time is not enough. It closes at 17:00 and stop selling tickets at 16:00.
Asked by Robert Ferguson from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 21, 2019 05:15Reply
We will be arriving Zhangjiajie Park on the 30th of April 2019,
is low season or should we expect to queue for hours?
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Answered by Lily from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 21, 2019 20:51

Hi, since the May 1 is a public holiday and you may need to queue in some hot spots like the Glass Bridge and cable cars.
Answered by Ron Grant from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 02, 2019 23:08

We explored this area last year and spent 4 busy days doing it. In relation to this mountain it took 1.5 hours of queueing to get in the cable car to start the journey. The whole experience was breathtaking. You will need to stay in a town called Zhangjiajie--this is also where the airport is. About an hour up the road is a town called WULINGYUAN where we stayed and done some more exploring .TIANZI Mountain (where they filmed the 3d movie AVATAR) is where the national park is (called Zhangjiajie).
Lots to do there --largest cave in Asia--430 metre glass walkway--Baofeng Lake--Ten mile gallery--bailong elevator--cable car and more.
Asked by Tia from SCHWEIZ | Mar. 16, 2019 11:52Reply
Visit Zhangjiajie Tianmen Shan after 13:00?
I will arrive at Zhangjiajie train station around 13:00. Is there enough time to visit Tianmen Shan on the same day?
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Answered by Tyler from FINLAND | Mar. 20, 2019 20:59

Yes, you have enough time to tour around. Generally speaking, the suggested sightseeing time is 3-4 hours.
Asked by Stanley from MALAYSIA | Mar. 02, 2019 07:55Reply
Will Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain be opened on first few days of April 2019
Is one full day enough ?
Is the RM258 ticket valid for one day or two days ?

Is early April crowded ?
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Answered by Mackenzie from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 03, 2019 23:11

The opening hours of this scenic area is 08:00 to 17:00. One day is enough for you to tour around. The entrance ticket fare is CNY258/person valid for 2 days. Generally speaking, early April won't have too much tourists. Have a nice journey!
Answered by Art from THAILAND | Mar. 04, 2019 20:56

Just know that 258Y ticket is valid for 2 days. So, I can take the cable-way up the mountain and get down on both days without extra charge. Am I understand correct? Or have a hotel on the mountain?
Answered by Mackenzie | Mar. 05, 2019 17:37

If you stay inside the mountain area, then you don't need to pay the extra entrance ticket.
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