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Mount Huashan

Introducing Mount Huashan, Mount Huashan Guide, Mount Huashan Travel Guide, Mount Huashan Information.
Article from China Culture

Mount Huashan in Huayin City, Shaanxi Province, is one of China’s Big Five mountains, the others being Mount Tai in Shandong Province, Mount Heng in Shanxi Province, Mount Song in Henan Province, and Mount Heng (another character in Chinese) in Hunan Province.

Although its highest peak stands just 2,100 meters tall, Mount Huashan is nonetheless known as the "most precipitous mountain under heaven," and one of the 50 most popular scenic spots among overseas visitors to China.

Site of 210 natural and cultural scenic spots, it is often referred to as the "root of Chinese civilization." Mount Huashan also has strong Taoist connotations – many prominent figures associated with this indigenous religional-philosophical tradition of China had presence in the area.

Mount Huashan is distinct in China, where most mountains are of limestone, in consisting of a huge body of granite, formed during the cretaceous period over 100 million years ago. It extends 15 kilometers from east to west and 10 kilometers from south to north. As a fault-block mountain, Mount Huashan features precipitous cliffs that present a challenge even to experienced mountaineers.

Mount Huashan is renowned for its steep trails, particularly the one-foot-wide Changkong plank path on the south peak comprising three narrow wooden boards affixed to the cliff by steel rods. Climbers make their way along it facing the cliff with the help of an iron chain similarly attached to the cliff face. Known as Mount Huashan's most dangerous trail, climbers are required to wear safety belts that enable them to enjoy the breathtaking view without fear of falling.

Quick Facts on Mount Huashan

• Name: Mount Huashan
• Location: 120 Km Southeast of Xi'an
• Phone: +86-29-87630166
• Best Time to Visit: April to October
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Day
• Opening Hours: East Gate: 07:00-19:00, West Gate: All Day
• Admission Fee: CNY 180 (April to October), CNY 100 (November to March of next year)

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