Mountain Plank Walking:-Huashan Mountain China (Video)

Mountain Huashan or Mt. Hua Shan is located in the eastern part of Shaanxi Province, about 120 kilometers from Xian, belonging to the eastern section of Mount Qinling. Seen from a distance, its five peaks look like a flower, hence the name (flower is pronounced hua in Chinese).

As early as the 2nd century BCE, there was a Daoist temple known as the Shrine of the Western Peak located at its base. Daoists believed that in the mountain lives a god of the underworld. The temple at the foot of the mountain was often used for spirits mediums to contact the god and his underlings.

Both photo’s from Wikipedia. Click for larger view.

From the North Peak, a series of paths rise up to the Canglong Ling, which is a climb more than 300 meters on top of a mountain ridge. This was the only trail to go to the four other peaks, the West Peak (2038 m), the Center Peak (2042 m), the East Peak (2100 m) and the South Peak (2154.9m), until a new path was built to the east and walk around the ridge in 1998.

Huashan has historically been a place of retreat for hardy hermits, whether Daoist, Buddhist or other; access to the mountain was only deliberately available to the strong-willed, or those who had found “the way”. With greater mobility and prosperity, Chinese, particularly students, began to test their mettle and visit in the 1980s. The inherent danger of many of the exposed, narrow pathways with precipitous drops gave the mountain a deserved reputation for danger. As tourism has boomed and the mountain’s accessibility vastly improved with the installation of the cable car in the 1990s, visitor numbers surged. Despite the safety measures introduced by cutting deeper pathways and building up stone steps and wider paths, as well as adding railings, fatalities continued to occur.

Learn more in Wikipedia

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17 Responses to Mountain Plank Walking:-Huashan Mountain China (Video)

  1. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Oh my! That looks high enough to cause altitude sickness! The hermits that lived there must have been hardy, indeed! Wondering who and how they installed those planks… There are so many amazing places on this planet – thanks for sharing this one!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      I wondered the same thing, couldn’t find any reference to who actually built the planks, and your right there are some amazing places on this planet.

  2. Rebekah says:

    Yes, ‘hardy’ being the pivotal word here 🙂

    Unimaginable, the work put in by the ones that came before us…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Rebekah,
      I can tell you I for one would not go anywhere near this plank, even with the chain for “safety”. 😯
      We can only imagine how this was done, but they were very brave people I feel.

  3. Selma says:

    I just couldn’t do that, I would be so fearful of falling. It looks like a sheer drop. Some people are very brave….

  4. Val says:

    That is worrying! As someone who is ‘spatially challenged’ and clumsy… it makes my nerves go just looking at it! eek!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Val,
      I think these sort of things makes some of us nervous, for that reason alone, I would never attempt something like this.

      Thank You very much for visiting and your comment.

  5. souldipper says:

    When the true spiritual journey is inward, wonder what possesses those of spiritual “paths” to tackle this external challenge. *Spoken like a true acrophobic who is rushing to throw cold water on her face.*

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi souldipper,
      A lot of courage is needed I think for something like this, this is something I know I do not have. I wonder how the Monks and others managed this back in the days before they “made it easier” the mind really does wonder.

  6. travelrat says:

    Did I hear someone say ‘S**t!’ I don’t blame him; did a via ferrata once, but it was like a walk down the street compared to this!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      You did, he actually apolized for it on YouTube, but I think this was one of those times when this can well and truly be forgiven. 🙂

  7. Red Nomad OZ says:

    It gives me the creeps just thinking of it … but then, I get vertigo walking down the stairs!!! Have a great weekend!!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Red Nomad OZ,
      I think creeps is a good word, Whatever it takes for people to attempt these things, I certainly haven’t got it either. 🙂

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