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7 Incredible Views on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie

Tianmen Mountain is a famous mountain located in the city center of Zhangjiajie. Most people come to Zhangjiajie for a glimpse of the famous Avatar Mountains and don’t even know about Tianmen Mountain, or might want to skip it altogether.

If Tianman Mountain isn’t on your itinerary for Zhangjiajie it should be though! At 1,519 meters (4,983 feet) high, Tianmen Mountain has some of the most amazing views at the top.

Where To See 7 Incredible Views on Tianmen Mountain:

1. The Longest Cable Car in the World

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The Tianmen Mountain Cableway is the longest cableway in the world! It stretches 7.2 km (4.3 miles) and takes about 25 minutes to ride. You get amazing views all the way up the mountain side, and even if it is foggy the misty mountains will amaze you!

When you buy a ticket for Tianmen Mountain you’ll get assigned to the A line or B line:

  • A line: Take the cable car up and the bus down
  • B line: take the bus up and the cable car down

Additionally your ticket will have a time bracket for when you can get in line. You might be able to go before your time depending on the person checking tickets and how many people are there! I was supposed to go at 1:00 p.m. but went with some friends who had an earlier time and they let us in together.

2. The Cliffside Paths

At the top there are several paths that will take you along the cliff side for some unbelievable views. It was a bit foggy going up the mountain, but it cleared up a little after we reached the top!

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3. The Forest of Wishes

While this area can be a bit crowded, it’s still a nice place to walk through and see all the wishes written on the red ribbons hanging in the trees. (This is a common thing to see on Chinese mountains!)

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4. The Glass Skywalks

If you don’t have the time to visit the Zhangjiajie giant Glass Bridge, here’s an alternative! There are several glass skywalks at the top of Tianmen Mountain. You can pay 5 RMB extra to walk across the glass sections and take some cool photos.

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5. The Suspension Bridge

It was fun to feel the swaying of the bridge while watching the fog rise up from the bottom of the mountains!

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6. Wall of Fog and Hanging Ledges

There are lots of convenient photo spots like this on the mountain top!

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6. Tianmen Cave and the 999 Stairs to Heaven

If you’re on B line you’ll take the bus to this area and then have to walk up the 999 steps, and if you’re on the A line you get to walk down the steps. Either way, you get a great view.

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My new friends Ryan and Tim from Singapore and England. Thanks for helping me switch my B line to A line 😉
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You’ll see lots of  cool photos online of one person alone on the stairs, which is impossible hahaha

These are just a few of the incredible views on Tianmen Mountain! There are so many other fantastic places to explore on top, like the Tianmenshan Temple.


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If you look closely you can see me somewhere

Tianmen Mountain is in the city center of Zhangjiajie and very close to the train station. Once you arrive in Zhangjiajie, you can walk 5-10 minutes to the cable car entrance. It’s the perfect way to start or end your time in Zhangjiajie!

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Chillin at the bottom of the mountain next to the sign

Total Recommended Time: 5 -6 hours
From waiting in line for the cable car, walking around the top of the mountain then to getting of the bus from the mountain, it took about 6 hours total. This can be slightly more or less depending on your wait time and how much walking you do up top.

If you have the time Tianmen Mountain is worth the money to do! It’s a great way to start or end your trip in Zhangjiajie because of its convenient location to the city center. See more about my trip to Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie, and Fenghuang in this video:


And if you’re visiting The National Park in Zhangjiajie be sure to check out my post about Hiking The Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie!





  1. I agree, Tianmen Mountain was a unique experience and worth the money. Didn’t you visit the cherry village temple? That for me was the best thing about the whole Tianmen experience.


  2. Rachel you have done a great job
    most people dont know tianmen mountain
    some other places in this area I recommend:
    BaoFeng lake (宝峰湖)
    Mengdong River rafting(猛洞河漂流)
    Huanglong Cave (黄龙洞)
    Aizhai bridge (矮寨大桥)


  3. Your post and website remind me of the Netflix Series I just watched, Emily in Paris. Such an incredible time you must be having. Those views scared me to death just seeing you up there, but how gorgeous they are. John from John’s Space recommended you highly, and I see why. This is an amazing post, Rachael. 🙂

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      1. I can’t even imagine. Are you acquainted with Donna Connolly from her blog, Retirement Reflections? She also lived in China for a number of years. She does a couple of challenges, What’s on Your Plate and What’s on Your Bookshelf, which would be so interesting for you to participate in. Also, I’d love to have you as a regular on my challenge, Photographing Public Art Challenge or PPAC for short. I’m sure you see so many amazing things every day. 🙂


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