Zhangjiajie Mountain is fabulous for so many reasons, not least of which is the monkey-watching. The monkeys of Zhangjiajie Mountain are quite friendly, but can also be a bit scary. I warn travelers not to bring food on their trips up and down the mountain. The monkeys have become incredibly bold, grabbing food right out of people's hands and taking backpacks that have food inside.
If you've seen "Avatar", you know the floating mountains on the planet Pandora. These mountains appear to be the brainchild of some incredibly gifted artist. While the adaptation of the mountains is certainly creative, the idea originated from the mountains of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province. I have seen these mountains first-hand and they are grand, imposing and other-worldly. They certainly seem to be more likely to be part of the Pandora landscape than that of Earth.
The mountains are not the only attraction in this national scenic area. In order to get up one of the mountains, you may hike, take a cable car and/or ride up a snaking road in a bus. The road has 99 hairpin turns and is breath-taking and scary all at once.
There are two ways up to Tianmen Mountain. One is on a series of many escalators, one of the longest series in the world. The other option is the longest cable car in the world. It takes about 30 minutes to go the whole way from Zhangjiajie city up to the mountaintop. Then there are 999 steps up to the Heavenly Gate Mountain Cave.
Once at the top, another attraction is the glass walkway that hugs the side of the mountain and can scare even the most intrepid of travelers. I did feel as though I was walking on air. It was slightly frightening, but easily one of the coolest things I've done in China.