Walking the Cliffside Plank Path
At Cliffside Plank Path, you can literally walk the plank on the side of a mountain. This is for the extreme adventurers out there.
Hua Shan is a mountain located near the city of Huayin in Shaanxi province. It is one of China’s Five Great Mountains and has a long history of religious significance. Hua Shan is classified as having five main peaks, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2,154.9 meters (7,070 feet).
It is on South Peak where you will find the famous Cliffside Plank Path. The exhilarating mountain hike is not for the faint of heart. For a minor fee, they provide you with two straps to hook onto wires on the path. The plank path includes steel rod ladders, footholds carved out of the cliff and narrow wooden plank walks. And it’s all hanging off the side of a mountain, thousands of feet above the ground. Gulp.
Although the total length of the plank path is only a few hundred feet, there are plenty of other hiking paths and trails throughout Hua Shan and its various peaks. A cable car is also available for the less intrepid.