Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China

Welcome To Zhangjiajie City, China. About 8KM from downtown of Zhangjiajie lies the Tianmen Mountain, also known as Heaven Gate Mountain. It has a natural water eroded cave that’s shaped like a door– a super huge door! and so it was called Heaven’s gate. It has a height of 131.5 meters, a width of 57 meters and a depth of 60 meters.  The entire mountain became one of UNESCO’s world heritage because of the one of a kind beauty and scenery that can be experienced when going up the Heaven’s Gate.

The road to heaven in China is the only access road through the mountain Tyanmen. It is surprising that the construction of such a complex route took only 8 years. This highway is called the Big Gate Road, but the people call it simply – Avenue in heaven. The road goes back to 200 meters above sea level and rises to 1,300 meters. It is also called the road turns 99, as nine is a lucky number in China, symbolizing the heavens and the nine palaces. 

It is one of earth’s most spectacular and scariest experiences you will ever encounter. This beautiful place is quite a journey to get. It’s about a 7 mile hike climb / to get to Heaven’s gate. It is accessed from Zhangjiajie by what may be the world's longest cable-stayed bridge in the world in motion! A distance of 7455m and a height as high as 1279m.

The ‘sky walk’ is the latest addition to getting to the base of the hole and allows those brave enough to walk it, to see straight down the rugged, edgy mountain side into the gaping abyss below. The glass path is so breathtakingly scary, the company that built it has been unable to find anyone to keep the sidewalk clean. Until they do, daredevils are asked to wear cloth slip-ons over their shoes.Once you reach the base of the hole, you will still have to climb a steep 999 steps to get to the temple that stands on top of the stairs, only feet from the massive hole that Chinese say is ‘the Closest Earth Landmark To God‘. Also on the top is a 500 year old temple dedicated to those responsible for the spiritual guidance or simply looking for a prayer.

Tianmen Shan may be unique among the world's great arches in that its formation is recorded in history. Documents from China's "Three Kingdoms" period report that the entire opening formed in one cataclysmic event when the back of a huge cave collapsed in 263 AD. As a result, the name of the mountain was changed from Songliang Shan to Tianmen Shan. Thus, Tianmen Shan is also one of the very few natural arches with a precisely known age.

Whether you chose to ride in a bus along a 5 miles long snake-like winding road build along the edge of the mountain, or prefer to sit in one of the longest free hanging cable car rides in the world, or decide to walk the newest, glass bottom path suspending some 4,290 feet above ground, getting to Heaven’s gate is a heart pounding experience unlike any other.


Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder



In modern times Tianmen Shan has become a target for stunt fliers. This is due to its location close to the Zhangjiajie airport as well as its large opening. Acrobatic flying teams have flown through the opening in 1999 and 2006.

Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder

Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder

Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder




Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder

Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder













Tianmen Shan - Heaven's Gate Mountain, China - Travel to Wonder

Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan

Behold the awesomeness of the flower tunnel in Japan! You can find this at the “Wisteria Tunnel” at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Flowering trees hang overhead and the different colored rows speckle the garden. Flowering wisteria blooms hang to create rows bursting with color overhead and dappled shadows below. You will have to imagine the fragrance. Pedestrians find comfort from the sun in the dappled shade inside the tunnel and stop to appreciate the interesting shadow patterns on the pathway floor. The posts and grid pattern form the structure hold up the massive web of wisteria and create an expansive room. You can see a stunning flower walkway and it is known as the "Wisteria Tunnel". It really looks so peaceful to take a stroll through. Its almost like the beauty of the movie 'Avatar' brought to life in front of us. Its splendid and a true natural beauty which you can go on praising.

Want to visit? Hop on a plane to Kitakyushu, Japan (closer to the Southern part of Japan or a 4-hour bus ride from Tokyo) to see this beauty for yourself.

The flowers look dense yet ethereal, hanging down in their neat rows of color; the other photos of flowering trees are presumably from different parts of the same garden.


Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan - Travel to Wonder

Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan - Travel to Wonder

Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan - Travel to Wonder





Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan - Travel to Wonder



Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan - Travel to Wonder






Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan - Travel to Wonder

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