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”:
No lives at risk yet, but you just wait…
Next up, a gondola ride. But this ain’t no Disneyland ride or fancy ski resort:
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:
To which most people would say:
But not these brave folks:
A few more images to give you the heebie-jeebies:
All to get to this. A teahouse.
Yep. They went all that way for a spot of 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: