There a mountain in China called Mt. Hua Shan. At its base, you’ll find a gigantic set of stone stairs, called “The Heavenly Stairs.” These
stairs go so high up the mountainside, it’s hard to see where they end. If that wasn’t enough, the precarious stairs lead to the world’s most
dangerous trail, the Hua Shan plank path. The plank trail leads high up the Hua Shan mountain just outside the city Xi’an. You will not be forced to
wear safety gear, although it’s strongly encouraged. The trail itself is dangerous and stunning, but you will never guess what is at the top.
You start with the beautiful carved stairs which in themselves are daunting.
Little villages and house have popped up along the stairs.
Once you high enough, you will reach gondolas that will take you to the southern peak, where the true challenge starts.
This is where the plank path (and sweaty palms) begins.
There is almost nothing keeping you from falling.
There are sections that must be climbed using the toe hole cut outs.
So what's waiting at the end of this dangerous journey? Enlightenment? The secrets of life?
Tea. The very top of the southern peak is a Taoist temple that was converted into a teahouse.
Thousands of people make the dangerous climb every year to drink tea.
So what say you? If you were there, would you take the climb? At first I think it's completely nuts, but it would also be a once-in-a-lifetime
chance. The views would be breathtaking (and possibly life-taking) and I'm sure the sense of accomplishment would be second to none. For me, I'd
probably do it, especially seeing normally equipped everyday people doing it right in front of me. That's not to say I wouldn't be scared out of my
That better be some really, really...REALLY good tea.
Mt. Huashan Tea House