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Hua Shan is one of the sacred mountains in China. It is located about 120km from X’ian, near the town Huajin. The mounatin is not often visited by foreign tourists and it is a real shame because trekking there is much more exciting and interesting than climbing any of other four holy mountains in China, where foreigners are the attraction themselves and it is impossible to get away from nagging locals trying to sell food, drinks or souvenirs.
Landscapes of Hua Shan are fantastic , Taoist monks especially pleasant and the air so clear that it is worthy to stay overnight on one of the peaks to observe the sunrise (if the weather conditions allow). The winter, when we visited Hua Shan, is very picturesque season, but terribly cold as well. More than three quarters of the route was covered by snow and ice to the point that it was sometimes very hard to negotiate the steep path.
What I really liked about this place was that sections of the path had locks and red ribbons attached. Apparently, couples and families put them on there and make a wish to stay together, for happiness, etc. The most of them we found on the main peak, but loads of them decorated the path and made it look particularly pretty.

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Additional Photos by Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 0 N: 1777] (8085)
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