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Tianzi Mountain – the Awe-Inspiring Summit of Zhangjiajie

Boarding Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to the south, Tianzi Mountain is one of the core scenic zones in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and thus a can’t miss for any Zhangjiajie travel. It particularly stands out for the spectacular stone pinnacles densely scattering across the area, earning it the title “Kingdom of Peaks”. The highest peak of it is 1262.5 meters (Kunlun Mountain) and the lowest peak is 534 meters (Shilan Valley). The total acreage of the scenic area is 67 square kilometers, and the tour route around the mountain is 45 kilometers.

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Fast Facts about Tianzi Mountains

  • Location: Located in Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In the north of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, east to Suoxiyu Scenic Area.
  • Tickets: Included in the through ticket of Wulingyuan Scenic Area (CNY 224 per person); CNY 72 for a single trip of Tianzi Moutain cableway.
  • Opening Hours: 7:00-18:00
  • Why Visit (Highlights):Spectacular peak forest landscape, sea of clouds and sunrise, panoramic view of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, rich biodiversity.
  • Visiting Time Needed: 4-5 hours
  • Best Time to Visit: Spring & autumn, especially in April & October.

Why It Called Tianzi Mountain?

Tianzi Mountain was formerly known as Qingyan Mountain. It got its current name because the Tujia ethnic leader Xiang Dakun proclaimed himself the Tianzi at this place. In the Ming Dynasty, Xiang Dakun once led a peasant uprising in this area to fight for freedom and independence. To honor his bravery and indomitable spirit, locals renamed the mountain range Tianzi Mountain.

How Were the Tianzi Mountains Formed

The formation of the Tianzi Mountains is the result of the incredible geological changes taking place over hundreds of millions of years. About 318 million years ago, this area is believed a deep sea. A quartz sandstone layer over 500 meters thick was formed at that time because sand and mud from nearby ancient lands were carried to this area by water.

Then, the continuous tectonic movements transform this seabed into land. The surface of the  quartz sandstone layer, thus was exposed, and underwent erosion from weathering and gravitational collapse. The original sandstone layer was gradually fragmented into the peaks and valleys we see today.

The original sandstone layer contained both resistant quartz sandstone and the weaker layers, the hard sandstone was left during the weathering and gravitational collapse, forming the current isolated peaks in Tianzi Mountain.

Main Attractions in Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

Helong Park

This park was constructed to commemorate Marshal He Long, one of China’s revolutionary heroes and founding fathers who was born in Sangzhi County in Zhangjiajie. An iconic symbol of the park is the bronze statue of Marshal He Long, boasting one of the largest figure sculptures in modern China.

Sitting at a relatively higher elevation in the scenic area, the park offers expansive views of Tianzi Mountain. There are several observation decks for visitors to marvel at the panoramic views of the magnificent peaks, valleys, and sea of clouds in this area.


Yunqingyan is a famous natural observation platform in Tianzi Mountain, offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire scenic area. This platform is near to the statue of Marshal He Long and got its name for the frequent mist-shrouded scenery in this area. This massive rock platform spans hundreds of square meters, featuring a flat and open stage extending out from the edge of the cliffs. Here photographers will easily catch some great photos of the dawn, sunset, and sea of clouds after rain or in the early morning.

Western Sea Peaks Forest

A top highlight of the natural landscapes in Tianzi Mountain, the Western Sea Peaks Forest is comprised of thousands of stone peaks which are in diverse shapes and heights. The best observation platform to admire this natural wonder is Yunqingyan, where you can see the peak forest stretching out like a magnificent sea.

Imperial Brush Peaks (Yubi Feng)

One of the most representative natural landmark in Tianzi Mountain, Imperial Brush Peaks got its name for the multiple stone peaks standing in uneven rows in this site. There is one peak particularly standing out, which towers over 100 meters and looks like a inverted imperial brush. The peaks are at their most beautiful when being embraced by spring blossoms or the mist.

Dianjiang Terrace

Meaning commanding terrace, Dianjiang Terrace is said the place where the Tujia leader Xiang Dakun once counted soldiers and issued commands to his troops. Dianjiang Terrace is located in the central area of Tianzi Mountain, offering great panoramic view of the endless peaks, especially the West Sea Stone Forest.

Shentang Bay

Shentang Bay should be the most mysterious site in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It is surrounded by sheer cliffs on four sides, and can only be peered from an opening on one mountainside. Since being encircled by lush forests and perpetual mist, the bay seems bottomless from above. Currently, visitors can only observe the bay from the observation deck above, and are not allowed to enter the bay. As you get close to the edge of the bay, you’ll hear the faint sounds of drums, trumpets, and battle cries, contributing to the enigmatic allure of the bay.

How to Buy Entrance Tickets?

  • Prices of tickets

Combo ticket CNY 225

Notes: The combo ticket includes four core scenic spots (Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley, Yangjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain) of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. The ticket is valid for 4 days with many scenic spots in the scenic area, so, it is necessary for visitors to plan the tour route before travelling.

Opening time: 07:00-18:30

  • Prices of transportation

Cable Car(from Tianzi Mountain↔Suoxi Valley ) Single Trip CNY 72
Cable Car(from Tianzi Mountain↔Suoxi Valley ) Round Trip CNY 144

Opening time

Peak Season 07:30-17:30
Low Season 08:00-17:00

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When is the best time to visit

The best time to visit Tianzi Mountain is April to October. During these months, the natural scenery is charming with green and density trees and blooming flowers.

Tips: Visitors had better avoid the official holiday in China, because many Chinese citizens choose to travel on official holidays to ease the pressure of their work. As a result, many Chinese tourist attractions are overcrowded and traffic jams are common. Therefore, visiting China at this time will bring tourists a less pleasant travel experience.

Official Holidays in China

Chinese New Year Around January or February
Winter vacation January-February
Labor Day May1st -3rd
Summer vacation(for students) July-August31st
Mid-Autumn Festival Around mid-September
National Day October 1st-7th

How to get to the Tianzi Mountain

  • Bus

Visitors can take the direct shuttle bus at the Zhangjiajie Bus Station to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and then take a battery car or walk to Tianzi Mountain.

  • Cable Car

Visitors can take cable car to Tianzi Mountain directly, which is not only a way to save time and energy, but also a good choice for visitors to enjoy the charming scenery that cannot be seen by walking.

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