Mount Hua — Precipitous Root of Chinese Culture

Mount Hua is considered as the most precipitous mountain in China, and the root (originate area) of Chinese culture.

 

It was first documented in the mysterious book the Classic of Mountains and Seas, as steepness and magnificent mountain. 

 

The whole shape of the Mount Hua looks like a lotus, and the name was given based on its shape.

 

Since it was too dangerous and precipitous to climb this mountain, in the ancient history of China, many sacrifice ceremonies were held at the foot of Mount Hua. 

 

However, a magnificent mountain that very few people could climb to the top was believed as a wonderful place for many celestial beings to visit or live.

 

Therefore, in the history of China, many Taoists came and practiced Taoism Religion here. Many Taoism temples are scattered on Mount Hua, of which the earliest one was built in the year 134 BC.

 

Many of those roadways that are still in use today were built by those Taoists throughout history. Some of the roadways had been fastened or modified recently, however, people always need to be very careful when climbing on the Mount Hua. 

 

If lucky enough, people can see mysterious and colorful lights or shadows on the mountains as well. 

Steep cliff of Mount Hua and Sunset

Steep cliff of Mount Hua and Sunset

Steep roadway and stone inscription

Steep roadway and stone inscription

Ancient temple on the peak

Ancient temple on the peak

Adventurous & narrow path on cliff

Adventurous & narrow path on cliff

Mysterious lake on top of the montai

Mysterious lake on top of the montai

Memorial stone

Memorial stone

Red Leaves on Cliff

Red Leaves on Cliff

Mount Hua in Winter

Mount Hua in Winter

Gate to arduous path

Gate to arduous path

Precipitous ancient stone stairs

Precipitous ancient stone stairs

Arduous path

Arduous path

Panorama of Mount Hua

Panorama of Mount Hua

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