Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China

Jessica Peterson

Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China

Ninety-nine turns in less than seven miles and I feel fine!

An hour jaunt from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and we were standing on another of China’s breathtaking mountains, Tianmen. The more compact Tianmen Mountain National Park is a day of extremes. We took the world’s longest mountain cableway nearly 25,000 feet to reach the top. We stood at 4,900 feet above sea level watching tourists dare one another to cross glass-bottom bridges. We rode what seemed like the world’s longest escalator through the mountain to admire Tianmen Cave, a natural opening in the mountain. We white-knuckled it down the 999 steps under the cave to reach the road with 99 turns and descend the mountain of hyperbolic proportions.

So, what do you see at the top? Breathtaking mountain and city views, a colorful and elaborate Buddhist temple, a couple of traditional musicians, and hundreds of (mostly Chinese) tourists. Is it worth standing in line for? Definitely. Despite the throngs of tourists, the top of the mountain is a serene and beautiful winding path around the perimeter. The vertigo-inducing cliff-hanging walkway wraps around the mountains where no two views are the same.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • teklib

    very beautifuls photos !

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE your pictures! The world’s longest mountain cableway ? damn weren’t you a little scared?

  • your pictures are just so crisp!!!! really LOVE them!! you have a great eye for details 🙂

  • Natalie Tanner

    Wow! What amazing sights! My husband rides a motorcycle so of course the photo of the incredibly curvy road sticks out to us!! I wonder if you could rent a motorcycle to experience that ride?

  • Raghav

    Wonderful. It’s real nice to learn something new happening in China every other day. I’ve been reading about the glass bottom pathway for a while not and the mountains look spectacular. It’s good to see people head out of the main cities and explore countries.

  • Nadi

    wow I really like your pictures!! I am a little afraid of hights so I wonder if I could go on this cableway but the view looks like it is more than worth it!

  • Marissa Abao

    Zhangjiajie looks magnificent! There is a guided tour here right? There are so much to see. The rock formations look breathtaking!

  • And to think I had never heard of this before! Your pictures are totally stunning and really make me want to visit. I hope to get to China one day!

  • Neha Verma

    Simply amazing pictures once again..I have been following your post for sometime now..and I have to say your photography is excellent. Didn’t know about this beautiful part of China

  • Wow this looks amazing! The photography is stunning as always! I think my fear of heights would not do me any good there ha! And it’s a shame I missed the giveaway!

  • Jodie Whitham

    Wow such gorgeous photos – China is definitely somewhere I’d love to visit x