Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

Tianzi Mountain Facts

Location: in the northern part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Hunan Province
Height: the highest peak is about 1,262m (4,140 feet)
Area: 67 square kilometers (16,550 acres)

Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Mountain Nature Reserve is one of the four scenic spots in Wulingyuan (three other spots are Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve and Yangjiajie Scenic Area). 

Tianzi Mountain
Tianzi Mountain

Tianzi Mountain provides stunning views of peaks, which rise one after another. It is known as 'the Monarch of the Peak Forest'. At the top of the mountain, visitors can see the full extent of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Beautiful scenes of the mountain greet visitors in different seasons. There are four wonders: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.

Formation of Tianzi Mountain

Just like Suoxi Valley, Tianzi Mountain was formed by sedimentary rocks 318 million years ago. Those rocks, eroded by the water and wind, slowly turned into quartz stones, which formed those amazing peaks in the scenic area.

Legend of Tianzi Mountain

Tianzi Mountain takes its name from a man, Xiang Dakun. He was the leader of the Tu ethnic group during the last years of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 -1279). Xiang Dakun led a revolution and avowed himself as Tianzi (Son of Heaven). Visiting this scenic area, visitors can see many sites about his story, the most impressive being: the Yu Bi Peaks, the Xi'an Nü San Hua, and the Shen Bing Ju Hui.

With pine trees on the top, the Yu Bi (imperial brushes) Peaks rise upward into the sky. Legend goes that they are brushes the Tianzi-Xiang Dakun used that became stone peaks after his martyrdom. The Xi'an Nv San Hua (floral tributes by fairies) is slightly opposite the Yu Bi Peaks. A legend goes that Xiang Dakun and his army were defeated to fall back on the Tianzi Mountain. He fought to the finish, but finally jumped off the cliff. A girl in love with him went across the mountain to search for him. She strewed flowers over the cliffs and turned into a stone statue. Shen Bing Ju Hui is a forest of soldier-like peaks arrayed for a review.

Tianzi Mountain
Tianzi Mountain in Winter

Cable Car in Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area

Visitors can take a cable car to see these charming peaks. With 692 meters' (about 2,270 feet) difference in elevation, the aerial tramway is 2,084 meters (about 2,279 yards) in length. The minimum running time is six minutes and twenty-two seconds for a single trip during which visitors can keep the wonderful scenery of the Tianzi Mountain in view.

Best Time to Visit Tianzi Mountain

The yearly average temperature is 12 degrees centigrade, and annual average rainfall is 1,800 millimeters. There are around 240 frost-free days. The best months to explore this mountain are April, May, September and October.

How to get to Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station (to the northwest of Zhangjiajie Railway Station) has regular tourist buses to Tianzi Mountain and the bus journey takes about 80-90 minutes. Then take battery car inside the scenic area.

Entrance Fee March to November: CNY 225 for adults and CNY 160 for children between 1.3 - 1.5 meters (4.3 - 4.9 feet)
December to February: CNY 115 for adults and CNY 85 for children between 1.3 - 1.5 meters
Free entry for children below 1.3 meters but they need to pay CNY 65 for the battery car.

1. With the validity of three consecutive days from March to November and four consecutive days from December to next February, the admission fee includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve, Yangjiajie Scenic Area and the battery car.
2. Tourists can pay CNY 3 to buy the insurance.
Cable Car (Single-trip) CNY 72;
CNY 43 for children between 1.3 - 1.5m;
Free for children under 1.3m.
Opening Hours 7:00 - 18:00

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- Last modified on Sep. 29, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve
Asked by sadguna from INDIA | Sep. 29, 2018 02:30Reply
can we take one way cable car to Tianzi Mountain & other time walking is possible
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Answered by Rena from USA | Sep. 29, 2018 20:48

Of course you can if you have good physical strength. A popular way is to take the cable car up to the mountain and go down on foot. The down ride may take about 2 - 3 hours on foot.
Asked by Bikash from INDIA | Sep. 14, 2018 09:25Reply
How to go to the Tianzi Mountain from Zhangjiajie glass bridge?
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Answered by David from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 15, 2018 00:35

You need to take a bus to Wulingyuan Bus Station first and then take a special line to the Grand Canyon.
Asked by Bilal Khan from PAKISTAN | Jul. 24, 2017 10:51Reply
what about the night stay there in tianzi mountains??
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Answered by Tere from FINLAND | Jul. 25, 2017 01:47

As I know, it’s not allowed to stay on the mountain overnight, so you are suggested to stay in the inns, and the nearest one is Zhangjiajie Inn, right outside the scenic area.
Asked by Mabel Chee from SINGAPORE | Nov. 05, 2016 02:26Reply
Winter clothing needed at Tianzi Mountains?
Hi, I'll be staying up in the mountains on 26-29November. Anyone knows what the weather is like in mountain? Do we need to bring winter jacket? Thank you.
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Answered by Bob from BRAZIL | Nov. 07, 2016 00:37

It will be cloudy then, and the temperature will range from 45F to 50F. It will be colder on the mountain top. You are advised to take jackets, sweaters, and warm pants. Keep warm and have fun! ;)
Asked by Mabel Chee from SINGAPORE | Oct. 20, 2016 08:06Reply
rush from Tianmenshan to Tianzishan
Hi, I plan to cover Tianmenshan and finish at 4pm then take a local bus to Tianzi Mountain where I have booked my accommodation up in the mountains. I plan to buy my entrance ticket to Tianzi Mountain online. If I enter Tianzishan just before 6pm are there still buses to bring me to my accommodation at Daguantai up in the mountains? Thank you.
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Answered by Kylie from FINLAND | Oct. 22, 2016 02:27

I remember that the operating hours of the sightseeing bus are from 07:00 to 19:00. But you are still need to get there early in case of the schedule change. Good luck!
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