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PHOTOS: You’ll Never Guess Where This Death-Defying Chinese Mountain Trail Ends

2 years ago
Photo: imgur

Photo: imgur

What some people are calling the world’s “most dangerous” hiking trail begins at the base of China’s Hua Shan mountain and leads to something verrrrrrrry unexpected. Yes, that many ‘r’s were necessary.

Hikers begin by ascending “The Heavenly Stairs”:

Photo: uqpu.net
Photo: uqpu.net

No lives at risk yet, but you just wait…

nervous

Next up, a gondola ride. But this ain’t no Disneyland ride or fancy ski resort:

Photo: uqpu.net
Photo: uqpu.net

The gondola drops hikers off at the base of the mountain’s southern peak. The trail starts like most others, but gets smaller and smaller until whittles off into this:

Photo: uqpu.net
Photo: uqpu.net

To which most people would say:

hellno

But not these brave folks:

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A few more images to give you the heebie-jeebies:

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trail
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Photo: uqpu.net

All to get to this. A teahouse.

Photo: imgur
Photo: uqpu.net

Yep. They went all that way for a spot of tea.

tea

According to the adventurous folks (or maybe they’re just extreme tea-drinkers) over at uqpu.net, the teahouse is one of  “many Taoist temples found on each of the five peaks that make up Mt. Huashan.” A map of the peaks forms a flower shape. This particular temple was built to “complete the flower.”

Beautiful notion, eh? Now excuse me while I change into a new pair of knickers because I seem to have wet myself.

Check out this imgur album of the hike if you’re into peeing your pants:

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