Tianmen Mountains are in the north of Hunan Province in China, near the city of Dayong. (Many people are disoriented by the name that is similar to Tianmen City infamous Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, thousands of miles away) To reach the top, you can take the Tongtian (avenue to the sky) road which has 99 sharp turns. At the end, you have to climb the Tianti (ladder to the sky)staircase which has 999 steps. It is perhaps the way in which the Chinese to reach the sky, scaredto death by the road and out of breath climbing!
But all efforts are worth it by the wonderful things in the upper part. You
a collapsed cave that is now a?
natural stone arch, a beautiful?
temple and breathtaking views.
Tianmen Cave is the natural cave of water-erosion at the highest elevation in the world. Tianmen Cave heads south-north from a height of 434 feet (131.5 meters), a width of 188 feet (57 meters) and a depth of 200 feet (60 meters). It’s like a pointing door to the sky.
Tianmen Shan can be unique among the great arches of the world in that his formation is inscribed in history. China documents “Three Kingdoms Report” period as the opening all formed in a cataclysmic event when the bottom of a huge cave collapsed in 263 AD. So, Tianmen Shan is also one of the very unnatural arches, with a precisely known age
In modern times, Tianmen Shan has become a target for stunt airmen. This is due to its location near Zhangjiajie Airport, as well as its large opening.
In 1999, international stunt pilot flown planes to fly through the Tianmen Cave City for the first time. 800 million people watched the live broadcast. In 2006, the Russian Air Force acrobatic flight show was held in Zhangjiajie and many planes were flying through the ark.
On the west side of the mountain top, you can find the brand new Tianmen Temple with an area of 109,000 square feet (10,000 square meters). Before the new temple was built, there was a small temple at the very place where Buddhist pilgrims had worshiped since the Ming Dynasty 400 years ago