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Mount Hua  is a sacred Taoist mountain in Shaanxi Province, China. It is one of the Five Great Mountains.

The 2,154-meter-tall mountain, true to its reputation as the "most precipitous mountain under heaven", is a cluster of five peaks with breathtaking cliff faces. 

It is one of China's top mountain-climbing destinations and is often overrun with tourists. Hua is popularly known by tourists as the "Most Dangerous Hiking Trail in the World" because even though the climb does not require any technical climbing skills, the hike contains a few steep ascents with via ferrata and narrow passes. The biggest danger to safety is often due to overcrowding in the summer months. However, this should not discourage you; hiking paths have been widened all around and are now in very good condition, so as long as you exercise common sense, you will be safe. 

Hua was the location of several influential Taoist monasteries, and was known as a centre for the practise of traditional Chinese martial arts. It is also one of the five holy Taoist mountains of China.

- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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