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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Tianmen Mountain

The City of Zhang Jia Jie

Around the Zhangjiajie City, there are two famous mountains, one of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the other is the Tianmen Mountain.

 

Zhang Jia Jie was originally a small town named after Zhang Liang, a successful statesman that had assisted Emperor Liu Bang built the Han Dynasty (202 BC — 220 AD).

 

After the empire was stable and his emperor had departed, Zhang resigned from his new emperor and empress dowager, gave up all of his noble titles, and came to practice Taoism in those two mountains. 

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park has over 3000 quartzite sandstone pillars, some of them are believed inspiration of the Floating Mountains in the movie Avatar.

Prototype of Avatar Floating Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province of China -- The Pillar of Southern Heaven

A famous natural stone bridge (50 meters long, 350 meters high) connected two peaks, near where are places that some people see deities in local legends. 

The Highest Natural Stone Bridge that Connects Two Peaks in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Around 800 waterfalls and rivers scatters among those spectacular peaks, together with natural Karst Caves, historical architecture and minority culture of Tu, they made Zhangjiajie National Forest Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful sceneries.

Over 100, 000 Square Meters Large Karst Cave -- Cave of Yellow Dragon (Huang Long Dong)

The Tianmen Mountain

 

The Tianmen Mountains, originally named as Mountain of Dream, whose main peak is the tallest in the Zhangjiajie area. 

 

It was named after a natural cave that appeared during the Three Kingdoms Era (220 — 280) out of a sudden, which looks like a gate to the holy heaven.

 

Therefore, this mountain is named Tianmen (means Gate to the Heaven).

Natural Stone Gate in Tianmen Mountain

The world’s longest cableway, twisted winding road alongside the mountain, steep plank road among cliffs, and a daring glassing skywalk are also famous attractions in the Tianmen Mountain. 

Twisted Winding Road (Tong Tian Lu) Along the Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie

Plank Path (Gui Gu Zhan Dao) Among Steep Cliffs

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge -- Longest (430 meter) and Tallest (300 meter) Glass Skywalk in World