Exceptional Hiking Sites: Mount Huashan, China
Mount Hua or Huashan (shan for mountain in Mandarin), is one of the world's most popular hiking destinations, located approximately an hour from Xi'an, one of China's most popular tourist cities. Mt. Huashan has five main peaks. The peaks are Sunrise Peak, Lotus Flower Peak, Falling Goose Peak, Cloud Terrace Peak and Jade Maiden Peak. The tallest is the Falling Goose Peak at 2160 meters.
The mountains were once a place for pilgrimage for emperors of past dynasties. To this date however, they are still known for some of China’s most influential temples. Huashan is one of the five sacred mountains in China, with the other 4 mountains being Tai Shan, Heng Shan Bei, Heng Shan Nan and Son Shan. These mountains are the site of many legends involving deities and immortality. There are several ways to reach the temples and shrines of this spectacular mountain. You need to choose carefully which way you want to take.
Mt. Huashan is also widely known to the world as having the World most dangerous hiking trail. Though a descending cable car service is available at a reasonable price (the first way), people still chose to go the thrilling way, the hiking way. Hikers would have to walk across a few wooden blanks at the side of a 2100-metre (7000 feet) peak to reach a small yet rewarding shrine (second way). Not to worry, hikers are harnessed throughout the walkfor safety. On average, it takes about 4 to 6 hours to hike the mountain.
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