Mountain Hua

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Mountain Hua
Mountain Hua is located in Huayin County, about 120 kilometers east of Xi'an City in Shaanxi Province. It is real natural beauty with the Wei River to its north and Qinling Mountains to the south. As traditionally saying that Mountain Hua is one of the five sacred mountains in China with an altitude of 2,200 meters above the sea level. There are five peaks standing in a circle and confronting each other: the Morning Sun Peak, the Lotus Flower Peak, the Jade Lady Peak, the Landing Wild Goose-resting Peak and the Cloudy Terrace Peak, all of which have formed a lotus-shaped flower. Owning to what, Mountain Hua was originally named Mountain Taihua.
Ever since ancient times, Mt. Hua is notable for its majestic breath-taking crags, steep paths, beautiful scenery and it is said to be the most precipitous mountain in the world that until now there was just one perilous way to get the mountaintop.

South Peak--Landing Wild Goose-resting Peak
It is 2100 meters above sea level, the highest peak of Mt. Hua and the Five Sacred Mountains. On its top, it is a water pond called some exquisite inscriptions. Only travelers reaching here can claim they've arrived at the real peak of perfection. Around, a fantastic view presents itself before the eye: drifting sea of clouds hanging over crowded peaks and ridges in the west; 800 Li flat land of Central Shanxi Plain in the north, and to the east the Yellow River in Tongguan area like a floating ribbon coming from a far.

North Peak-- Cloudy Terrace Peak
The Cloudy Terrace Peak is in laojunli gorge area, where the way to the top consists of some 570 steps with the steep cliffs on the one side and on the other is the plumbless valley. The steel chain along the path gives the mountain climbers an indispensable aid. With all its three sides being perilous cliffs, the North Peak has its only way out through the south chine.

West Peak-- Lotus Flower Peak
An enchanting peak erected straightly vertically into the sky. Looking around from its top, the landforms of Shaanxi and Gansu spread endlessly, and Wei River and Luo River thread their ways across them like two silver ribbons. In front of the Peak, a sleeping-liked green dragon-shaped ridge called "Cengling". The Peak's west side is a precipitous cliff, while the east side is a steep rocky slope with a secluded dense forest near by. On the top of the peak, stands a temple, with a huge rock shaped like a lotus flower in front, for what people endue it with the beautiful name "Lotus Flower Peak".

East Peak--Morning Sun Peak
As its name goes, the Morning Sun Peak as well turned out to be a fantastic sight that filled with energy and imagination. On its top, there is the "Sun Platform" for viewing the sunrise. About 700 meters away in the west direction, Landing Wild Goose Peak with dangerous cliffs and tall pine trees, towers. Looking southward, the Qinling Mountains with its high and low ridges and peaks ripple like a vast sea. Looking downward, there is a vast expanse of plain, and the rivers, now hidden and now visible are winding their way across the land. Sounds nice.

Until recently there was only one way to reach the top of Mt. Hua since ancient times. Most of the trail is very narrow and steep; some parts are almost vertical. Iron chains have been set up along the path, but courage and an adventurous spirit are still necessary if you decide to climb Mt. Hua on foot.
Recent developments have added two alternate ways of traveling to the summit. Now you can take the ropeway, or ride in a cable car to enjoy the unique scenery of Mt. Hua.


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