Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park is named after the natural wonder “Tianmen Cave”. Tianmen Cave is not actually a cave but a hole in the mountain that formed naturally. It is often filled with fog so climbing the steps to reach Tianmen Cave will give a feeling of ascending into the heavens. During the cable car ride, you can overlook the 99 winding roads and beautiful mountain scenery. The bold can also take a walk along the glass skywalk and experience the thrill of "walking on air".
1.The summit of Tian Men Mountain is high above sea level, and due to the huge temperature differences between there and at the foot of the mountain, it is advisable to bring along some thick clothing.2. Many tourists have commented that the food sold along the mountain routes are not exactly considered as delicious and it is recommended that you bring along your own food.3.Due to changes in the seasonal weather conditions, the operating hours of this scenic area may change correspondingly. It will be wise to consult the scenic area office for more up to date information.
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Tianmenshan （天门山）is a popular spot among Chinese tourists and is 100% worth the visit if you’re in China.
Sitting right next to Zhangjiajie - the avatar mountains - it gets quite a bit less publicity than it’s neighbour, but don’t ignore it.
With a huge staircase up to the top, it’s a great place to just go and stare in awe and the landscape. Everything is epic. The mountain? epic. The stairs? epic. The view from the stairs? just great. Even the road that leads to the top of the mountain is a must-see photo spot.
Just beware of actually getting on one of the buses - it’s not for the faint hearted! 🚌
To visit the mountain you can take cable car or a bus up a road with many tight turns. We would recommend taking line A cable car but the other routes look interesting as well.
With line A you get to the summit and work your way down and the total cost is 275 yuan. Once you get to the top you can get to the highest point on Tianmen mountain and have views of the temple, the steep cliffs, the city and the lakes and trees below. We spent 3 hours walking around the west and east sides at the top, went over one glass walkway (cost is 5 yuan pp), visited the temple and had many drink vending machines and convenience stores. We took a break in the temple area and had some dumplings which was the halfway point. The east side is nice and offers views of Tianmen Cave from both sides. The escalator from the top to Tianmen Cave is on the east side so it made sense to go west first then to the east. We skipped the chairlift in the middle because it didn't make sense to take it (cost is 25 yuan).
The escalator is a long system and takes about 15 minutes. We spent about 15 minutes in the cave area then walked down the stairway to heaven. This took us around 20 minutes to descend and our legs felt like jelly when we got down. The square at the bottom offers good views of the stairway, waterfall and Tianmen Cave. We spent 20 minutes on the square taking pictures and checking out shops then spent another 15 minutes walking to the Transmountain Cable Car to get down. The cable cars at the lower station are very large so do not expect to wait long. The cable car on the way down went over where the fox fairy show stage and then we took a ten minute walk to get to the bus. There are many buses so the lineup went quick as well and then it took 10 minutes to get back to the cable car station in the city.
Line A was very worth it but if you are looking for a fairly challenging stairway you can go to the Transmountain Cable Car route. Please note that there is hourly admittal periods fo
We arrived at the cable car station at about 9:30 and waited until about 10am to get on the cable car. We didn’t realise there were different tickets available for routes going up and down (only realised this when coming down). We got to the top after a 30 minute cable car ride and walked on the east line. I would suggest walking the west route so that you can do the glass walkway on the west side. The weather got progressively worse abs by the end of our route we could hardly see a thing. The views first thing were amazing and the glass walkways were brilliant. Not much options for food going around so take snacks. When we got back to the top of the cable car they told us we didn’t have the right ticket and needed to go to the tainted cave and go down that way. We didn’t want to do this as we had seen the cave and were tired and wet by this point. They finally allowed us back down the cable car but it took some effort. My suggestion-walk west route and finish by going down to the cave.
The ski lift chairs is in the middle of the mountain.
There are loads of shops and places to eat. Loads of toilets, very well kept.
We were lucky that it rained the night before so we had all lot of clouds and mist.
An important tip:
Go early and leave around 4pm - 4.30pm.
The return ticket you upon leaving for the cable car down you need to go to the booth near the First Aid Station where you queue up outside for the cable car. You then need to jump onto the next available time slot for the cable car down. You cannot just queue and go because it’s packed! It’s so busy. The queue is astronomically long!!
We left 5.30pm and after finding out about the slotted time we had to wait 1hr before we could even start to queue up. So in total it took us 2hrs. We took the 6.50pm cable car down.
So just make sure you get there upon opening and leave earlier. It will save you a lot of time.
The glass bridge is not that great. RMB5 for the small one. The glass is dirty so you cannot see much.
The cable car going down takes you back to the town Centre and it’s awesome because it goes through town.
I would do this trip again 😊