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Mount Hua Shan

Listed under Sacred Spaces in North Central China, China.

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Mount Hua Shan: One of China's Sacred Mountains

The five peaks of Hua Shan resemble the petals of a flower hence its common name, the ‘Flowery Mountain.’ A difficult ten mile path leads to the Green Dragon Ridge and other trails to the five peaks. Formerly the mountains held numerous temples but now few remain. Today Hua Shan is a popular hiking destination for Chinese youth on vacation yet the mountain routes are still trekked by devout pilgrims and wandering monks. In order to reach certain caves of the sages, pilgrims must scale cliffs with only a linked chain for protection from a fall of certain death.

Photo: Pilgrims scaling Mount Hua Shan

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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