Tianmen Mountain Zhangjiajie Reviews
A great day trip for some amazing scenery and fresh air Jul 17, 2016
We started off our trip from Zhangjiajie city. It wasn't hard to find the cable car entrance, as the line goes right over the road where our hotel was located! We left our luggage at the hotel front desk, but once we got to the cable car entrance we saw a place where people could store their luggage. We stood in line for probably over an hour. It was hot and humid, but we made a friend from Shanghai who was traveling alone. He ended up coming with us for the entire day's trip. The cost to get on to the cable car was 245 rmb (about $45) per person in the high season. (July/Aug)
The air on the top was much cooler, which made the day more bearable. There were lots of people, but mainly everyone sort of went their own way and it didn't seem too congested until we came to specific places like the glass bridge and suspension bridge where people were more inclined to take lots of pictures. The path was pretty narrow considering the large amount of tourists that pass through in one of the most populated countries in the world. However, the path was very easy to manage. No hard climbs. There were even people carrying small children and lots of kids walking it on their own, playful and having a good time.
The concessions on the mountain were basically snacks at fairly reasonable prices. For instance, a bottle of water was 5 rmb (in contrast to the Great Wall, where they charge 20!) There is a place where you can buy a red ribbon and write a wish, then hang it on a tree. It was a beautiful place, and sort of a spiritual feeling to sense all the wishes people had made there. There's also a place where you can pray to have a son.
If you ride the cable car up the mountain, you must take the bus back down, and vice versa. You can't do cable car both ways or bus both ways. I would recommend the cable car going up because the bus stops at a place called "The Stairway to Heaven" and "Heaven's Door" where the stairs are incredibly steep and a long way straight up. Coming down is a little tricky, but there is another way to go if you want to pay a little extra. I can't imagine walking up the stairs, but if you're in good shape it's probably worth a try to conquer it! It's the best workout you'll have all day! :)
I thought the windy road down was going to make me car sick, but it didn't. People seemed friendly and happy. It was great to get into some fresh air, away from the city life!
This is a one-day excursion. I recommend starting out at about 8:30 am.
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