Tianmen Mountain,a famous mountain first recorded in the history of Zhangjiajie,has an elevation of 1518.6 meters. It is only 8 kilometers from the downtown and is one of the most representative natural sceneries of Zhangjiajie.
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For long time being,Tianmen Mountain not only attracts the attention of the people by its miraculous and unique geographic landform and unparalleled natural landscape, but also well known for its profound cultural connotations and famous colorful humanistic site. It is revered as the soul of cultural and spirit of Zhangjiajie and reputed as Number one Miraculous mountain in western Hunan. The main body to Tianmen Mountain in uniquely skyscraping and domineering, Tianmen cave the natural mountain-penetrating karst cave with the highest elevation in the world, hangs on the towering cliff.
Features of Tianmen Mountain
The cave become the unique sight under heaven and breeds the profound and grand heaven culture of Fairy Mountain in the local area. Tianmen Mountain is the second national forest park in Zhangjiajie. On the mountaintop are intact sub-primitive forests with overflowing wild atmosphere in all the seasons. In addition, the densely populated karst hillocks and karrens plus the mating of strange rocks and graceful trees create a grand garden of bonsai as if blessed by the God. Tianmen mountain temple, with an area of over 10000 square meters, enjoys a booming pilgrimage ever since the Ming Dynasty. It is the Buddhist center of western Hunan. The six unresolved mysteries in the past hundreds of years such as Opening of Tianmen cave, shadow of guigu, and Auspicious Unicorn have added the mysterious and elusive atmosphere for Tianmen Mountain.
The tourist traffic design of Tianmen Mountain is worth the title of world-shocking masterpiece. It will bring shocking and unforgettable experience for the tourists Tianmen Mountain cableway; Heaven-linking Avenue, Tianmen cave and Bonsai garden in the air are reputed as the four great wonders. Tianmen mountain cableway, the longest one-way recycling passenger cableway in the world, has a length of 7455 meters and a height gap of 1279 meters. It takes the tourists from the atmosphere of modern city directly to the hug of the primitive garden in the air.
The Cave of Heaven's Gate
The most attractive spot is the Heaven's Gate, also called Tianmen Cave, which is located at the top of the mountain. The cave lies in central is known as "Door to the Heaven". It is the highest natural cave in China. Due to its special landscape, it was a major spot for worshiping for the ancient Chinese people. It is obvious that the Heaven's Gate park is built solely because of the cave. While we called it a cave in English, actually it is a hole formed in between the mountain naturally. Many places in Zhangjiajie are composed of limestone deposits by nature, and this is the reason why this hole is formed in between the mountains naturally.
The World's Highest Glass Trail-Sky Glass Trail
The glass walkway bridge was built at around 1430 meters (4700 ft) above sea level. Some other trails are covered with ordinary concrete like those you have seen in the country park. This walkway is about 22 meters (70 ft) long and 3ft wide; the glass is 2.5 in thick. This glass trail is known as the highest glass trail in the world.
So, why are these path specially covered in glass? As most of you had known, Zhangjiajie is famous for its thousands of pinnacles with at least 800 meters tall merging from the ground. Up here they are building a glass skywalk from a pinnacle. Unlike constructing a glass trail from the mountain, which steeps gradually, building a glass walkway high up on a pinnacle could allow passenger to feel the height of the area they are standing at, and the view underneath will be clear enough to provide an empty, floating experience.+
Of course, to ensure a clear view underneath, the glass has to be kept clean constantly. Visitors would have to wear shoe covers to do the skywalking to avoid glass slippery and to protect the glass.
So, does this path get you more exciting or has it already scared the hell out of you? Well, like it or not, we are getting to see how this path is built. Feeling unsafe on the glass trail? Taking a look at how the workers build the bridge may boost your confidence on the glass trail to skywalk.
While loitering on the glass trail is one of the best feeling in your day trip, do take precautions when you are on the walkway. Take special care with your children and avoid jumping on the glass. Remember, this is China, you do not want to test the quality of the glass trail with your own safety. Control yourself and you would be fine.
For those who are fear of heights, do not force yourself to walk on the skywalk trail. Take an alternative path. It would be good enough to see the Heaven's Gate at the end of the day. Assume little or even no emergency facilities stationed on the mountain top.
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