Drizzle, an early start and a 3 hour overcrowded mini-bus ride is what started a day that i will never forget. Mt. Huashan, nearly 2km's high with 5 main peaks is an image most common in traditional Chinese paintings. Most paintings of mountains are most likely those of Mt. Huashan.
Starting at the bottom, i joined a group of 5 Ch宅急送,这便是旅游！一位来自英国游客的华山攀爬之旅,周杰伦演唱会inese university students. On科学上网路由器e spoke vary basic English and i can basically try and speak basic Chinese. Later these students fizzled down to 2 as Mt. Huashan is very physically demanding.
Up we went, up and up and up. So many steps, some really steep and others were wet and slippery as we were climbing insi宅急送,这便是旅游！一位来自英国游客的华山攀爬之旅,周杰伦演唱会de a cloud most of the morning. There are many temples, massive boulders and countless waterfalls along the 4 hour trek that eventually took usdeliqisha to the lowest peak. This is where you can pay $15AUS and get here by cable car in under 5 minutes. That's cheating and the hike ended up being well worth it.
From having hardly no-宅急送,这便是旅游！一位来自英国游客的华山攀爬之旅,周杰伦演唱会one during the first few hours to having hundreds of people, fit and full of energy in-front of us felt a little touristy, but we kept going. Legs fatigued but starting to get into a rhythm, we scrambled past the bulk to try and reach every peak this mountain has to offer in th谌天舒e 4 hours of daylight we had left.
The cable-car peak, North, South, East and West peaks, all having their own dramatic cliffs and flora where they were all breathtaking and unique. Climbing "The Dragon Ridge", 1 metre wide and about 300 metres long with steps, handrails and 2-way traffic in-between two peaks is one of the best views i have ever seen.
In-between the West and North Peak, is a path called 'Changkongzhandao' (aka the cliff side plank path). This path is pretty much the whole reason for me coming to Mt. Huashan. Originally seeing photos of this awesome sight in an email when 前妻难求i was working, i decided i had to come and take a look for myself. The path leads to a small lookout where it is about 70 metres in length. Once you reach the end, you just come back and continue on your way. It is a cliff face. 90 degrees.
To get across, they have whacked large nails into the side of the cliff and placed planks of wood over the top for you to cross. The path is about 40cm wide (16 inches)! There is also a chain nailed to the rock for you to hold onto as you make your way across.
For $5AUS you can choose to hire a safety harness (you would be absolutely stupid,美国发布 i mean insane not to have one). Half of the path are planks of wcz6280ood and the other half are foot holes carved into the rock.
As the people i was with were too scared to go, i went alone taking the photos myself trying not to drop the camera with my hands shaking as if i had just 宅急送,这便是旅游！一位来自英国游客的华山攀爬之旅,周杰伦演唱会drunk 20 cups of coffee.I took my time and on 宅急送,这便是旅游！一位来自英国游客的华山攀爬之旅,周杰伦演唱会the hallite密封件way back ano伊周电子版下载ther brav供组词e bloke was coming towards me to do the same walk后舍男生不得不爱. I asked him to take a photo of me and he explained to me that the ultimate photo to take on this path is a pose where you lean back facing the cliff wall (because of your harness), your body 45 degre球王酥酥es, relying 100% on your harness with both arms waving in the air! The ground by the李教授抗寒蚊子被判刑 way is 1km down.
The best i could do was lean 45 degrees over the edge but my hands were stuck firmly to the strap connecting my body to the wall. I couldn't let go, my brain was telling me "Go on, do it", but my hands wouldn't budge. Now i see myself as an adventurous person willing to try anything, but this was the first time in my short years where my brain and body disagreed with one another and it felt really strange.
I hit my li王代全自首mit where i斗棋红中 had no idea what my limit was up until now. And I'm actually quite glad knowing it's hanging off a cliff relying on a piece of metal and strap, 1km up on a plank of wood, now that can't happen too often, can it? There is a saying 'Feel the fear and do it anyway'. That was actually shuffling across those wooden planks.
The adrenalin rush i got from that and hiking Mt. Huashan lasted all the way back down别舔了 to the cable car where it was 7:00pm and the perfect time to leave for a 3 hour bus ride back to Xi'an.
Mt Huashan, 5 peaks and 5 blisters on my feet, coincidence, i think not.