Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
⏰ 07:30 - 16:30
🌏 Tianmen Mountain Ticket Station, Yongding District, Zhangjiajie 427000 China (View map)
Location / Nearby Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
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Spectacular Views - Don’t miss this !!
You will need a day for Tianmen mountain.
It costs RMB275 for cable car and cable car down.
We took the bus up to the first stop of the mountain then walked up to the Cave (mountain with the hole). Then walked up 1,000 steps. The view is amazing.
From there we then took the world’s longest escalator to the top of the mountain. We then went from the West side (yellow route) and followed the mountain edge to the east side ;red route).
We also took the ski lift chair to the pagoda for a magnificent view. We did a return trip. Costs RMB25 one way.
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 ????
Great views even though it was very rainy
A feel of Heaven!
Beautiful Tianmen Mountain
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 for the cable car and if they sell out of a line you have to take another cable car route. We arrived here at 8:30 and were admitted to the station at 9:00 am and boarded our cable car at 9:15 am. We lucked out in July 2020 and had a great time with an easy hike!
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