Hua Shan Hiking Trail, China

If you’re a hiker and an adventurer, the Huashan Hiking Trail might be for you. But it’s NOT for the faint of heart, believe me.

The trail spirals up Mount Hua in Shaanxi Province.  Mount Hua is one of five mountains and is full of religious significant to the Taoist.  Tenacious monks would traverse the trail, particularly at night, in order to reach the peak by dawn.  When you see the trail, you’ll appreciate how hair-raising this had to be.  Many students and tourists are following in the monks’ footsteps and hiking the trail themselves.  If you don’t want to break your neck, you can take the gondola.


Gondola rides for the less adventurous tourist.


The tamer part of the trail.


The trail starts to get tricky…


These stairs are so steep you’re mountain-climbing.


Climbing the trail with footholds. And no net.


A very brave woman.


This is where I would turn around!




Taking a rest or too scared to move?

I cannot imagine hiking this trail, myself.  Kudos to those crazy people who do!

South Peak summit.


12 thoughts on “Hua Shan Hiking Trail, China

  1. Nice photos, I went here last year, but unfortunately it was really foggy and couldn’t see much of anything, but was still entertaining to see the hoards of Chinese tourists in their bright yellow ponchos

  2. OMG! Are you kidding. People actually do this? What a caption under the second last photo: Taking a rest or too scared to move. I’m having trouble just looking at the pictures—between the fingers over my eyes. Thank goodness I have my seatbelt on. Yikes.

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