Mt. Huashan is one of the Five Great Mountains of Taoism in China. It is located about 100 kilometers east of the city of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. It is well-known for sheer cliffs and plunging ravines, which is the most dangerous mountain in China for climbers.
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.
The falling Goose 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.
Renewed as a sacred mountain, Huashan boast 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.