Deep in the heart of China lies Mount Hua Shan, one of China’s five most sacred mountains. At a height of 7,070 feet and a sheer cliff face, it is a sight to behold.Wikimedia
The mountain is very important in the Chinese Daoist faith. The Daoists believe that Mt. Hua Shan is the home of the God of the Underworld, Yama.
The mountain housed a temple to Yama as early as 2nd century BCE, called the ‘Shrine of the Western Peak’. For centuries, this was an important pilgrimage point for Chinese Emperors.
Getting to the top of the mountain, however, is no easy task.
Your trek starts off at a set of stairs called the ‘Heavenly Stairs’Uqpu.net
The stairs are a comfortable climb at first…
Then they get narrower…
Until they are more ladders than stairsYabroad
And lead directly to an ancient town. For centuries, this town has served as a resting point for weary travelers.ggpht
Here, you can catch your breath, drink some water, and take a big gulp of courage because the real challenge has just started.
Yes, that’s a cable car. To get to the South Peak, you’ll have to climb aboard one of these rickety ‘gondolas’.
The view is breathtaking, and equally terrifying.TahitianGoddess.WordPress.com
Once the gondola drops you off at the base of the South Peak, you’ll have to climb a narrow path. Eventually, the path gives way to wood planks nailed to the side of the mountain.AvaxNews
The planks are narrow…PixGrove.com
Whatever you do, don’t look down. Because this is the view that will greet you:Blogspot
That’s a sheer drop of a few hundred feet with absolutely nothing to break your fall.
(Except for the rocks, of course)TheLifestyleCompound
You can imagine why 9 out of 10 people chicken out. But the challenge still isn’t over – you will even have to climb the vertical cliff faceViral Nova
Miss one step and you’ll tumble a few hundred feetAwaken.cc
A few more heart-in-your-mouth plank walks later…WhereCoolThingsHappen
You’ll arrive at the top!
And what awaits you at the top is…a teahouse!
Yup, you just risked limb and life to drink some tea on top of a mountain.
For your efforts, you do get a shrine with with spectacular views. And the satisfaction that you are among the elite few who climbed the most terrifying trail in the world.
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