Tianmen Mountain, in Central China’s Hunan province, is a beautiful, thrilling place to visit and it is worth an extra day on your itinerary if you have the time. According to international travelers, the mountain has been called as “one of the most beautiful mountains in the world”. The stunning tourist attractions like the ‘Heaven’s Door’ and the 99 Bends, the famous glass skywalk, and the world’s longest cable car ride, make it unquestionably one of the best mountains to visit in China.
Mount Tianmen not only attracted attention because of its unique geographic land formation and unique natural landscape, but it also became famous for its profound cultural value. Learn more about this must-see scenic area and its tourist attractions below.
Tianmen Shan Cable Car
Tianmen Mountain Cableway transports passengers from nearby Zhangjiajie railway station to the top of the mountain. With a total length of 7,455 metres (24,459 ft), 98 cars and ascent of 1,279 metres (4,196 ft), it claimed in tourist publications as the “longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world”. It will take a total of 28 minutes to cover the complete distance.
Coiled-Dragon Cliff Glass Walkway
If you’re an acrophobic or someone who is scared of heights then you might want to look away now, because this walkway in China is your worst nightmare come true. The fact that it’s attached 4,600ft (1,403 metres) up the side of a mountain is chilling and scary enough, but the fact that it’s also made of glass is nothing short of terrifying. It opened to the public last August 2016 and the walkway measures 328ft (100 metres) long and 5.2ft (1.6 metres) wide.
If you’re looking for an extreme adventure and a perfect selfie shot, then you know where to go.
Tian Men Shan Temple is the Buddhism center of the Western Hunan Province. The temple is built within grounds of some 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) area. It was built during the Ming dynasty and was destroyed by war. After 1949, the local government rebuilt the temple and uses the architectural designs of the said dynasty.
This avenue or highway in China are called by locals in different names such as the 99 Bends, the Big Gate Road, or the Heaven Linking Avenue. It takes every visitor from the mountain foot to the top and the Tianmen Cave, also known as Gateway to Heaven. The ride, with a total length of 11 kilometers and counting 99 sharp turns along vertical cliffs, is not recommended for those who are easily carsick.
This is the main tourist attraction in the Tianmen Mountain as it is the highest natural arch in the world. It is also the world’s highest cave of its kind. In China, it is translated as “Heaven’s Gate/Door” where large and water-eroded hole between two peaks. Tourists often describes it like huge doorway in the cliff face. The hole is accessible through a 999-step staircase that climbs straight to the base and center of the hole. Lastly, climbing to the top will take around 30 minutes.
A significant event transpired here as a plane stunt exhibition allowed planes to fly through the cave in 1999.
Plan your trip ahead of time so you can try these awesome adventures. The mountain air will surely be good to you and you’ll be able to experience sights you won’t be able to find anywhere else.