Actually, the Hua Shan (Mountain Hua) is close to the city of Xi'an (where Terracotta warriors museum is located). I visited both in a same trip few years ago.

Regarding to the Hua Shan trial, there was a local advise "if you want to climb to the tea house, better do it during night, because you do not see what is around you, ha ha!".

Of course, now a days, you can get there comfortably by riding a Gondola.

As a confirmed acrophobic, I had trouble even looking at the pictures.  But then I can't have an accident if I can't even imagine doing the climb.  I'll concentrate on not falling down the stairs in my home and maintain my preference for looking UP at mountains from flat ground or water.

To be precise, the Hua Shan trial has two sections.  The longer scarier section with local advise to be done during night is now equipped with Gondola.  Only the hard core climber will try that section now.  There are park ranger standing by the entrance to screen if some one is really fit for the climb (after seeing the trial in person, i realized that the screen is not just for increasing the Gondola revenue!).


Not be too relaxed yet,  even after the Gondola ride, to reach the tea house, one still have to go through a hair standing section, which including the one shown in the following photo, called "fish back trial". 


However, countless people make the dangerous journey for what's at the top...

Originally Posted by Dr.Y:    "...if scattered from the "fish back", you will not likely reach the "flat ground or water" there."  
Note I stipulated "in this lifetime".  I figured if I'm to experience such a thing, it'll have to wait until I'm ashes.  But better late than never, right?



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