With many summits above 2000 meters (6560 feet) and consideration as one of the most holy mountains in China, Mount Hua has long been a harrowing, Taoist pilgrimage. In the past few decades, the hikes up this mountain have seen a fair number of deaths due to treacherous drops and areas where it can be as dangerous as a narrow platform that continues the path up the face of a cliff. Because of this, Chinese tourism has called it the most dangerous climb on Earth. While it can be dangerous at times, an active and cautious adventurer should have no worries about making it safely to the top.
In recent years, safer routes have been developed over this handful of peaks and some of the more dangerous paths have been closed off. Still, an element of excitement exists for the foolhardy adventurer, as well as an opportunity to see some temples built high in mountain peaks and the excellent panoramas as you make across death-defying boardwalks to the top. Strangely enough, a tea house awaits at the summit for a relaxing cup of brew and a climbing respite at the top of the world.
There are also hostels and small shops on the mountain, which are worth a bit of your time if you plan on taking the highly recommended overnight hike to the East Peak to watch the sunrise.
Note:Mount Hua is located 120 km (75 miles) east of Xi'an, near the city of Huayin, which has transport to Huanshan village. From here you may take the cable car up the mountain. Because it is a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of tour groups and helpful tourist-related service in Huanshan.