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Tianmen Mountain: A legend of Zhangjiajie

Post Time: October 19,2012 By Vanessa Li

Tianmen Mountain is located 8km away from Zhangjiajie City. It is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie. This Autumn I was very happy that get the Chance to go to Tianmen Mountain. It is so amazing in this harvest season that I could not stop my mind to think about the beautiful sceneries here after I came back to Guilin. 
 
Autumn Leaves on Tianmen Mountain 

My Journey to Tianmen Mountain 
 
The road to the Tianmen Cave winds with 99 turns and it is reputed by international friends as “The No.1 Highway wonder”. The area of the mountain top is about 2 square kilometers. The forest coverage rate here is more than 90% with astonishing stones and rare grasses everywhere, know as the Garden in the Air. The ghost pass hanging to the cliff is also a miracle.
 
My Journey to Tianmen Mountain

Garden in the Air

My Journey to Tianmen Mountain
 

Ghost Pass

My Journey to Tianmen Mountain
 
Tianmen Mountain Cableway the longest passenger cableway in the world with a length of 7200 meters and a height gap of 1277 meters. It will give you an unforgettable memory in all your life. It is one of the few cable cars within China with a height gap over 1000 meters. The local gradient from the middle station to the upper station is as high as 37 degrees, which is rare in the world. It is the cableway with the largest local gradient as well as one with most brackets in China. From unban to rural, then to the mountains, from the modern civilization and the huge contrast of primitive simplicity farming, give passengers a great impact in vision and feeling. The Tianmen Mountain has been a holy mountain for locals. It is reputed as the “No.1 Holy Mountain in West Hunan”. Tiammen Temple is on the top of the Mountain. It is the Buddhist center of West Hunan.

Tianmen Mountain Cableway

My Journey to Tianmen Mountain

Sea of Clouds

My Journey to Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain Temple

Tianmen Mountain Temple was first built in the Tang Dynasty as a center of Buddhism in the area of western Hunan.The present Tian Men Mountain Temple is rebuilt on the basis of the original site with a plot area of more than 10,000 sqm. It adopts an official style of the Qing Dynasty and the buildings in the Temple compare well with the famous classical houses at home. The Temple is located in the mountain hollow with a broad vision. If one gazes into the southeast, all the hills seem to be so small that the Temple is really like an overlord.  
My Journey to Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Cave


My Journey to Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen cave the natural mountain-penetrating karst cave with the highest elevation in the world, hangs on the towering cliff. It is a natural water-eroded cave with the highest elevation in the world. It is actually a big hole in the mountain but people call it a cave and it has become a major attraction. In 1999, in an acrobatic show, three airplanes flew through it. The live telecast drew an estimated audience of 800 million people worldwide. The cave become the unique sight under heaven and breeds the profound and grand heaven culture of Fairy Mountain in the local area.  

Ghost Valley
 
 

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I'm delighted to be able to help you in your journeys. As the great Mark Twain said: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream. Discover!” You can only appreciate home after you've been somewhere else, and the greater the journey, the greater the appreciation! So come to China for one of the greatest journeys you could ever take! 

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