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A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

After getting out of the quarantine hotel last year, I wanted to climb Mount Huashan, but had to stop because of the strict anti-epidemic policy. At the end of May, a good friend told me that the admission fee to Mount Huashan was free in June, so I was tempted to go online and grab a ticket. When I returned from the Golden Silk Gorge, I set off for Mount Huashan.

The tickets I bought were for the evening hike, and I spent the entire day recuperating. I bought two bottles of water before I left Xi'an. When I arrived at the bottom of the mountain, I got off the bus, ate, bought another large bottle of water, and headed for the scenic area.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

Unlike other scenic spots, the prices of meals and supermarkets at the bottom of Mount Hua are not expensive, which is commendable.

It was almost ten o'clock at the entrance of the mountain when I saw a group of people walking out from inside and crossing a stone bridge. They should be people coming down the mountain. It was bustling with people.

Further ahead, the sound of murmuring water can be heard in the ravine on the left hand side, and the road is lined with dim street lights.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

After walking for a while, after the ticket gate, the crowd gradually increased. Most of them are couples, some of them are like girlfriends, buddies, and they are laughing and joking all the way. I was the only one who was alone, but I was not too lonely as I followed a large group of people.

The slope of the road beneath your feet keeps getting steeper, and there are people selling food at stalls at intervals, selling food that is nothing more than cucumbers, mineral water, watermelon and Red Bull at prices higher than the market price. Those bosses also keep shouting, saying that the mountain more expensive, no water hurry to buy.

Now I feel how wise I was to bring water in advance.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

After walking for about two hours, the stone path underfoot was finished and a stone path began to appear, and people could be seen everywhere along the way sitting and resting by the road.

Every time you walk a section, when you meet someone coming down, you will say hello and ask how far you have to go. Talking with some of the fellow travelers, I realized that they all wanted to climb the East Peak before dawn to enjoy the sunrise.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

A few aunts came down from the mountain, walking with a limp, saying that they had gone up the mountain during the day, and now they were feeling down the mountain, and their legs were not their own. Ask them how it was up there. They shook their heads and sighed, saying that it was too difficult, a thousand-foot building, a hundred-foot gorge, Laojun plow ditch, one more dangerous than the other.

After climbing again for an unknown amount of time, two very steep steps suddenly appeared in front of me, stretching upwards in the colorful light, and I don't know how many steps.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

The crowd got excited and grabbed the chains and climbed upwards. Those steps seem to never end, some people really can't climb, so they stop and let others go up first.

Could this be the legendary thousand-foot building? I remembered the lyrics of the Shaanxi Meihuo drama "Zhang Lian Sells Cloth": "That year, on March 3, all the prefectures and counties went to Mount Huashan. You said you had visited all the eight scenic spots in Chang'an, but you had never been to Mount Hua. I couldn't do anything about it, so I hired two chairs to carry you. Carry you to the five miles off, 18 plates, curved, back to the heart of the stone, in front, since ancient times the most dangerous is Mount Hua. I think we should go back home, your heart reluctant. You are determined to go up the mountain. Grab the chain you climbed a happy. Thousand-foot building, hundred-foot gorge, Laojun Pear ditch climbing up. Cang Long Ling, up the stairs, standing in the west peak to see the clouds low. South and north peaks are turned all over, you have to cross the sin rafters, sin rafters, really dangerous, so you are scared to fight urine war, big ah ah brutal screaming ......"

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

Finally, this section climbed to the end and a platform appeared in front of me, where someone was selling food.

Tourists gathered in a pile here, all of them panting. I heard someone say out loud: tomorrow I definitely want to take the ropeway, do not dare to walk down the mountain. You see we climbed so many steps, you can't see at night, you can see again during the day, can scare you to death!

Listen to his words, I do not think, can go up the mountain, how can not go down it? Tomorrow down the mountain I prefer to walk down the mountain, to see the scenery of tonight's walk. Just because of this thought, let me suffer and fear in the back.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

After passing the thousand-foot building, the road was a little better for the time being, and after climbing upward for about twenty minutes, another steep stairway appeared in front of us.

Climbing to find that although this road is slightly wider than just that one, but more steps, how can not go to the end. Only later did I learn that this is the so-called "Laojun Plough Gully."

Climbing up to here, some people have long run out of energy, gasping for breath. I sat and watched the girls who I had left behind pass by one by one.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

About two o'clock, we arrived at the North Peak and heard that there were still two to three hours to the East Peak. Some people who were anxious to see the sunrise then quickened their pace.

North Peak further up, there is a place called Cang Long Ling, all the way up are stone steps, although not as dangerous as a thousand-foot building, but never end. Some people could not stand it anymore and complained: pay for the crime! Others comforted: there is no turning back, keep climbing!

Walking around, to almost five o'clock, came to a platform, where the altitude of more than 1800 meters, it is said to take only half an hour to the East Peak.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

At this point I had given up watching the sunrise, sat down to eat and pulled out my rechargeable battery to charge my phone.

On the way up the mountain had come to a place, like a special place for tourists to rest, proposed whether the plugboard here to charge the car, the boss asked 50 yuan, said he could rest there until dawn and then go up the mountain, electricity randomly charged, I refused. This is not robbery it!

Recharge the battery and continue to climb up. The day is getting brighter, and the streetlights are out. Walking in the mountains in the early morning, the cool breeze, the mist curl.

A trip to Mt. Huashan with nine deaths (1): Who is the light on the mountain for?

At that moment, a few girls appeared in front of her, sounding like foreigners, were sitting on the rocks, holding up their cell phones to take pictures of the sunrise, and asked them if this was the East Peak. They said it was the middle peak and advised me not to go to the east peak because the sun was already out.

So, pause, pick up your phone, and take pictures with them.