UPDATE from Brad in California:
Unlike every other report I’ve read on the internet, Brad’s actually been there.
It’s a good sidetrip out of Xian, site of the astonishing Terracotta Warriors.
A few more facts: It is not "Mt." Hua Shan. It is just Hua Shan. …
A hostel is available on the mountain top â€” what a cool place for a midwinter honeymoon?! Despite the vigor and risk involved in the climb, it is crowded in fair weather! …
The mountain has multiple summits, and looks somewhat like a blossoming tulip: hence the name flower mountain.
You can take a cable car to the vicinity of the lowest summit, or you can hike about 5 or 6 klicks to the same area. The "hike" option is very worthy, with incredibly lengthy and steep staircases carved into the stone, â€” awesome. Rusty chain handrails are anchored into the rocks.
Once on the lowest summit, you can climb the circuit of the other higher summits. This is where you will encounter the most harrowing exposures, and the pictures that accompany this page.
Again, on a crowded day, it would suck! Everything is one-way, or narrow, etc… We went on a rainy day, with fog, and had the mountain almost to ourselves. It was incredible when the fog cleared!
Snow or freezing rain would make this hike very dangerous. I would not do it!
Mount Hua (Hua Shan) – Wikipedia
We’ve added Hua Shan to our list of the best hikes in Asia.
Click PLAY or watch a “hiker” on the route on MetaCafe.
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==== original post Nov. 6th, 2006:
The most dangerous tourist route in the world is located in Tibet.
Damn Cool Pics: Worlds Most Dangerous Tourist Route
But … they have the location wrong.
It seems these photos are actually from (or Mt Hua or Mt Hua Shan) in Shaanxi province, China. It is the Western Mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains. This error was pointed out in a comment on Cool Pics by JJ.
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photo set – Fosdick
To a hiker like me, this scramble looks like good fun. Similar to Half Dome in Yosemite.