The South Peak of Hua Shan

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After eight hours of hiking/climbing over 5,000 steps we made it to the south peak at 2080 meters- almost 7,000 feet.

It turned to night as soon as we reached the peak, and the way down was the scariest part. My friend, said, “it’s okay it’s lighted,” but he’s Chinese and to him those dots were considered lighted. The moon had more light for the way down.

Hua Shan, China

Cleaving the Mountain

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According to a Chinese fairytale (legend) a goddess fell in love with a mortal. This is always a no-no in every culture. This goddess had a magic lotus lantern that helped her be with this mortal. Together they had a son Chen Xiang. The goddess is kidnapped and imprisoned in Hua Shan, and the lotus lantern is stolen, but Chen Xiang takes an ax and cuts open the mountain freeing his mother.

Hua Shan, China