De' Tour Guide

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Xi'an : Mt Huashan

Mt. Huasan situated in Huayin City, 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) east from Xi'an City of Shaanxi Province.

Mt. Huashan is known as 'The Number One Precipitous Mountain under Heaven'. It is one of the five sacred mountains in China. The other four mountains are Mt. Taishan in Shandong, Mt. Hengshan in Hunan, Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi, and Mt. Songshan in Henan.

In ancient times, Mt. Huashan was called Mt. Taihuashan. From a distance the five peaks seem to form the shape of a 'flower' (hua in Chinese), hence the name 'Huashan'. It is famous for its natural vistas of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, and a high mountain range. It is home to several influential Taoist temples where emperors of past dynasties made pilgrimages, making Mt. Huashan the holy land of Taoism.

If you want to get to the starting point of climbing this mountain , you need to take this sky-train to the middle part of this mountain and start from it. This rail is longer than the Genting Highland Malaysia and its very very very high. Don't look down if you are afraid of height.

That's the sky-train that I'm talking about.

Another nutty shooter with me. He's a great guy! His name is Tee and yet another crazy Nikonian like me :X

Some side view of Mt Huasan.

After being unload in the loading bay , we will have about 5 minutes walk to the starting point gate. Here's the first gate to the Mt Huasan.

We started off by walking up a very long staircase. The width of the stairs are narrow. Hard to get in 2 person in 1 time. The left lane is down and right lane is up. No cutting queue :D

See how narrow the passage is. This is the sidewalk of the Mt Huasan. Very narrow and dangerous.

After half and hour walk , we reach a point where we need to climb up the stairs ( not walk ). Actually there's a tiny route * secret one..* beside this climbing thingy. No need to have this serious climbing skill to get up to the top :X akekekekee.... poor uncle...

In the meanwhile , we saw a group of aunties having their kaypo-ing time at the bottom of a giant rock.

aunties was surprised i caught them in photo ... they was happy * thought that i'm a journalist * - not to disappoint them so just take a shot for them -

After few kaypo-ing shootout , we reached the JIN SHOU GUAN ( Gold Lock Pass ).

Mt. Huashan visitors know that it is customary to buy a golden lock, and then lock it in the iron chains on both sides of the Gold Lock Pass for families and friends to pray for their safety and health. It is a marvelous spectacle to see thousands of golden locks in the iron chains. Within the mountain gate of Gold Lock Pass, a huge golden lock of about 4 meters (about 4.37 yards) long and 1 .5 meters (about 1.64 yards) high stands in a big rock. It is made of pure copper and forged by 9,999 locks left by visitors. It is a popular photo site. This huge lock can only be opened by throwing coins - one coin represent the status of an ordinary person; three coins, a blessed person and nine coins a most blessed one. Gold Lock Pass is the throat to Middle Peak, East Peak, South Peak and West Peak.

I may not buy those padlock ( as my house got tons of it ) , so i've decided just to take a pic with " them " ahahhaaa..... full of luck and health huh :X

After those padlock scene , we took ourself some time for some crazy shootings on top of the precious mountain. Let me introduce to you another nutty shooter gang , his name is Mr. See

I'm not sure what he's trying to shoot at ... maybe upskirt practise... :X

he's one of the Olympic Beijing 2008 medalist :X fake medal :D got cheated :P

Money Face Trader ... He was so happy to get our business!

Yeah we know we've been conned .. so? .. who cares? It was just RMB 20 and It's GOLD medal of Olympic ...

Another Tips :-

Fees: Entrance Charge:
CNY 100 (Apr. 1st-Nov. 30th), CNY 50 (Dec. 1st-Mar. 31st);
Cable Car :
CNY 110 (round-trip), CNY 60 (one-way)
Best Time to Visit: April to October


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