Mount Tianmen: the Gate of Heaven in China

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In almost all known religions and mythologies there is mention of heaven, a kind of otherworldly world where the souls of the most deserving are destined to spend eternity, after the death of the body. Many, since the dawn of time, have wondered if there was a physical access, right on Earth, that would lead to this fantastic world where the sufferings and efforts of life can be repaid. If we told you that the Gate of Heaven does it really exist, and is it in China? Obviously it is not a "magic" portal that connects two worlds, but a suggestive natural cave in the shape of an arch. Crossing this "celestial" threshold will not take you to the otherworldly Paradise, but the enchanting sight it is equally guaranteed.


  1. Where is the Gates of Paradise located?
  2. How to get to Zhangjiajie
  3. 99 Hairpin bends and 999 Steps to reach Paradise ...
  4. Mount Tianmen: between glass walkways and incredible landscapes
  5. User questions and comments

Where is the Gates of Paradise located?

This special location is located near the city of Zhangjiajie, in the central province of Hunan, at a height of 1.519 meters. Let's start by saying that the scenery is breathtaking, but if you think that crossing this divine threshold is a simple undertaking, change your mind immediately.

How to get to Zhangjiajie

To get to Zhangjiajie you can use direct and international flights. The city is served by an airport (Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport) and is located approximately 4 km from the city center. The location of the Gates of Heaven is located 8 km from Zhangjiajie City.

99 Hairpin bends and 999 Steps to reach Paradise ...

Conquering Heaven has never been easy! Whether we are talking about the metaphysical Paradise, or about this Chinese Gate, reaching this place is an undertaking not suitable for those who shy away from fatigue and are easily discouraged. We must first face a bus trip long well 99 winding hairpin bends, not suitable for those suffering from motion sickness! Is there an alternative? Yes, and it consists of a vertigo challenge aboard the Tianmen Mountain Cable, one of the longest cable cars in the world.

The cable car leaves near the train and bus station, it is often very crowded and it is possible to wait for several minutes but even hours. The scenery offered by the cable car ride is fantastic: the lush nature within which the peaks of the mountains, the 99 hairpin bends and the deep valley stand out. After the cable car ride, another path awaits visitors: it is the Chinese "Stairway To Heaven", a staircase consisting of 999 steps. This number is not accidental, in the local culture it represents eternity. After all this effort, all you have to do is go through the Gates of Heaven and find out what is ... beyond!

Mount Tianmen: between glass walkways and incredible landscapes

The emotions don't end there: on the opposite side of the mountain there is yet another challenge for visitors!
This is the first glass walkway called "The Walk of Faith". Inaugurated in November 2011, it has attracted many visitors. Walk this walkway it is not an activity for the faint of heart. How would you feel walking 1400 meters high on a completely transparent surface and saggy-looking? Whoever did it testified that it feels like walking in heaven. The effect is certainly unique, thanks to the underlying scenario where nature seems to give the best of itself. The walkway is closed in winter when it is covered with ice. In August 2016 a new catwalk was inaugurated, called "The Spiraled Dragon Walk", a new way to enjoy (in a terrifying or fun way, the choice is yours!) the breathtaking surrounding spectacle. From the walkway you can admire the path that leads from the top of the mountain to the valley and the Tongtian Avenue (Heaven-Linking Avenue), or the famous road with 99 hairpin bends.

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