Today was a special kind of day. Today was the day of climbing Hua Shan, one of China’s most famous mountains.
I woke up early, met up with Peter who I had met the day before and agreed to accompany, and went to the train station. Peter already bought his ticket the day before, so we took the train at 10… A bit late, but nothing to be done by now. The train ride, finding a bus, getting to the right entrance and buying tickets took such a long time that we didn’t start the climb until about 1 pm. Talk about unfortunate planning… Tickets also cost 80 rmb (10 Euro). Extortion, really.
The hike up was a welcome physical activity. The path itself ranged from some very beautiful scenery to some of the worst crimes done to nature. We were also accompanied by cats for a bit.
What makes Hua Shan the worthy climb it is, are the steep steep stairs carved into rock. There were 70 degree stairs for over a hundred metres and even stairs that had more in common with ladders for short distances. It was fun, especially because I enjoyed the company of Peter.
Sadly, we only reached the North peak at around 5 pm, so we didn’t have time to walk to the plank I’m the sky, which kind of was our goal. We took the cable car down, since it was starting to get dark, and found our way to a bus back to Xi’an.