Tianmen Mountain

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Tianmen Mountain
天門山
Tian Menshan Mountain 10.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 1,518.6 m (4,982 ft)
Prominence 1,518.6 m (4,982 ft)
Coordinates 29°3′9.65″N 110°28′58.8″E / 29.0526806°N 110.483000°E / 29.0526806; 110.483000Coordinates: 29°3′9.65″N 110°28′58.8″E / 29.0526806°N 110.483000°E / 29.0526806; 110.483000
Geography
Tianmen Mountain is located in Hunan
Tianmen Mountain
Tianmen Mountain
Location in Hunan.

Tianmen Mountain (Chinese: ; pinyin: Tiānmén Shān) is a mountain located within Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, China.

A cablecar was constructed in 2005[1] by the French company Poma from nearby Zhangjiajie railway station to the top of the mountain. Tianmen Mountain Cableway is claimed in tourist publications as the "longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world", with 98 cars and a total length of 7,455 m (24,459 ft) and ascent of 1,279 m (4,196 ft) The highest gradient is 37 degrees. Tourists can walk on kilometres of paths built onto the cliff face at the top of the mountain, including sections with glass floors. An 11 km (7 mi) road with 99 bends also reaches the top of the mountain and takes visitors to Tianmen cave, a natural hole in the mountain of a height of 131.5 m (431.4 ft).[2]

A large temple is also located on the summit with chairlift or footpath access. The original temple here was built in the Tang Dynasty. Today a more recent construction with Tang dynasty architecture occupies the site and includes a vegetarian restaurant in the 10000 sq mi of setting.

On September 25, 2011 Jeb Corliss glided through the 30 m (100 ft) wide archway in the mountain using a wingsuit. The flight began from a helicopter at 1,829 m (6,000 ft), and ended with a safe landing on a nearby bridge.[3][4] The World Wingsuit League held the first and second World Wingsuit Championships in Tianmen. On October 8, 2013, during a training jump for the second world championships, Viktor Kováts plunged to his death when he was unable to open his parachute.[5][6]

In August 2016, a glass skywalk overlooking Tongtian Avenue, called the "Coiling Dragon Cliff,[7] " opened to the public.[8]

In February 2018, a hybrid Range Rover SUV driven by Ho-Pin Tung climbed the 45-degree angle staircase of 999 steps to Heaven's Gate using a combination of gasoline and electric battery power.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sky Gate Escalators". Lift Magazine. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Tianmen Mountain, Hunan Zhangjiajie Tianmenshan Tourism Co. Ltd. 
  3. ^ Higgins, Matt (December 10, 2007). "Flying Humans, Hoping to Land With No Chute. In order for this to happen he plans to build a landing strip in Las Vegas Nevada. Corliss needs to raise four million dollars for its construction". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  4. ^ Finighan, Gareth (September 25, 2011). "Mind the gap! Wingsuit stuntman shoots through narrow slit in mountainside at 75mph". Daily Mail. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Armstrong, Paul (October 12, 2013). "Wingsuit flier Viktor Kováts dies after cliff crash horror". Hong Kong. CNN. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cadenbach, Christoph. "Sprung ins Ungewisse" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Glass cliff walk in China: Scary Coiling Dragon Cliff walk opens". News.com.au. August 3, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ Yu, Elaine (August 2, 2016). "China's cliff-clinging glass skywalk opens to public". CNN. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ Massey, Ray (February 12, 2018). "Range Rover's new hybrid tackles China's Tianmen Mountain". This is Money. Retrieved February 23, 2018.