Mt. Huashan It is one of the Five Great Mountains of Taoism in China. It is located about 100 kilometers east of the city of Xi'an, Shanxi Province.
Huashan means Flower Mountain and it got the name from the Lotus Peak, which resemble a beautifully blooming lotus flower. There are five peaks in the mountain, among which the most famous three are Sunrise Peak (East Peak), Lotus Flower Peak (West Peak), Falling Goose Peak (South Peak). The Sunrise Peak is a fine place to enjoy the sunrise view in early morning, which is frequented by travelers.
Why Mt. Huashan is special
Renewed as a sacred mountain, Huashan boasts a lot of religious heritages. Taoism temples, pavilions, buildings and scriptures scatter around everywhere. The most famous historical sites include Yuquan Courtyard, Zhenwu Palace, Jintian Palace and much more.
Mt.Huashan is also renowned for its sheer cliffs and plunging ravines, which is the most dangerous mountain in China for climbers.
Mt. Huashan highlights
The South Peak is the highest among the five. The path to the 2158 summit is nearly vertical, which now is equipped with iron chains to protect climbers. The climb to its summit makes it clear how the impenetrable mountain repelled those invaders over centuries.
West Peak has very high cliffs standing erect with an altitude of 2,086.6 meters (about 6,845 feet). There is a Taoist temple called Cuiyun Palace, before which a huge rock looks like a lotus flower comeing into view. There are another seven rocks beside Cuiyun Palace, which are said to be the place where Chenxiang (a main character in the movie Lotus Lantern) ripped the mountain to save his mother (The Heavenly Goddess San Sheng Mu)
Middle Peak is in the center of East, South and West Peaks. There is a Taoist temple on the peak named Jade Maiden Temple. Legend tells that the daughter of Qin Mugong (569 - 621 BC) loved a man who was good at playing Chinese tung-hsiao (vertical flute) and she gave up the royal life to accompany her beloved.
There are precipitous cliffs on all sides of North Peak, making it resemble a flat terrace in the clouds. It is 1,614 meters in height. The peak is surrounded by cliffs. Almost halfway up the North Peak is luxuriantly green, creating a good rest place for visitors. Upon arrival at the North Peak, visitors could walk to the Cableway Station in 3-5 min and take the cable car to descend.