Friday, May 24, 2013

Heaven Gate (天门山)

We spend 3 days in the Zhang Jia Jie National Park, collectively known as the Wu-Ling-Yuan(武陵源), which is located about 30KM from Zhang Jia Jie city~~~ After that, we travel by bus to city centre for our next destination, The Heaven's Gate!!

As the name implies, this mountain I am about to introduce has a very peculiar appearance with a big hole in the middle of the mountain~ According to local record, the hole formed on its own accord out of a sudden.... amazing eh?~~ Anyway, the development of this place was tendered to a Korean company~~

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In order to reach the top of the mountain, you have to take a cable car within the city centre all the way to the top!

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Very high standard bio-metric ticket~~

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The cable car actually passed by the city centre with residence area below before getting to more remote area where the mountain is~ Don't know how these people stand all these cable car passing by their head everyday ~~owh~

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In fact, this is one of the longest cable service in the world stretches more than 7km and take more than 30minutes to reach the top~

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Kinda relaxing to enjoy the view, taking snacks, drinking yogurt drinks(awesome stuff) and chit-chatting~~~
Saw that hole in the middle of the mountain?~

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Look at the spiraling road around the mountain~~~ 

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First stop, the glass path!!!!

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Yeap...the whole pathway was made of glass~~~where you can have the underneath view bearing clearly under your feet!!!

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Very exciting as if you are actually stepping on air~~ready to drop any steps any moment

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Those with a weaker heart can choose to bypass the glass pathway through another path~ But what a waste~~~

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After that, we walk along the mountain and enjoy the scenery from the top of the world!!!!

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Imagine having all these encircling you and cool breeze patting you gently on the face~~~

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There is even a special platform for you to take a clear view picture of the encircling mountain~ Too many people queuing though~

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When passed by a valley, a suspension bridge was welcoming us there!!

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The view of the whole valley bear glaringly infront of you!

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With cool wind brushing your face~~

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Next, cable car to get back to the main cable car station~~~~

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But then.......

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It was very exciting in the beginning and I kept taking alot of pictures~~

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Have to be extra careful not to drop your camera into the deep valley below your feet~~~

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And then the initial aerophobia and whatever phobia slowly subsided by the extreme coldness.....brrrr~~

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Finally after some 10 of minutes....we reached our destination~~~

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Super cold and windy!!!

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After some dizzying journey around the spiraling road you saw just now, we are ready to conquer the "Heaven's Gate"

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To get to the top, you have to climb 999 super steep steps!!!

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There is no leveled area for you to rest in the middle~

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If you are too tired, can either sit on the stairs......

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Or just stand and gasp for air~~

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After some 20minutes of struggle!!!!

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Finally we reached the top!!! 

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I can see they are building a cable car to the top...maybe in near future, those that find it hard to reach the top can take the cable car there~~~

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A must try in Zhang Jia Jie~~~ Is a type of wild plants grind and made into tofu like structure~~ Very elastic and awesome texture~~ (魔芋豆腐 - Mo-Yu Tofu)

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