Hua Shan (Mount Hua)

Hua Shan, or Mount Hua as it is known in English, is absolutely breathtaking. That’s a phrase that is often overused, but there is no doubt that it applies to Hua Shan.

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photos by Darren On The Road

I’ve always been a sucker for mountains in the mist. Wait a minute, that’s cloud, not mist! Hua Shan is really high up – 2160 metres (which is 7087 feet).

Here is a quick quote from Wikipedia’s entry on Hua Shan:

Mount Hua is located in the Shaanxi Province, about 100 kilometres east of the city of Xi’an, near the city Huayin. Hua was historically the location of several influential Taoist temples, and was known as a centre for the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.

I love the pagoda on the edge of the mountain. That’s very Chinese. They’ll build pagodas and temples anywhere, no matter how difficult it must be to build it. The bottom left photo shows ribbons which have been tied onto the trees, presumably by climbing out on the branches, with nothing below them.

However, the most amazing photo is the last one: A photo of the path with nothing underneath it. Seems that’s for walking on! Amazing.

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