Would you walk the Chang Kong Cliff Road?

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http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/29/wish-...rail-on-the-edge-of-huashan-mountain-3818001/
All things considered, these tourists look happy enough even though they are navigating one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world.

They are walking along the treacherous Chang Kong Cliff Road on the edge of China’s Huashan mountain.

Made of wooden boards just wide enough for a footstep, the ‘path’ is crudely nailed together and some sections are in desperate need of repair. Conditions are even worse during the winter months, when hiking is still permitted.

With only a harness around their shoulders, tourists dressed casually in jeans and trainers cling to safety chains as they creep along the rock face in Shaanxi province. Despite the dangers, the route is popular with tourists and monks alike as it is seen as a holy place – and besides, it has views to die for.

The road is believed to have been built more than 700 years ago by hermits seeking ‘immortals’ they thought were living high up in the mountains.

Huashan has a variety of temples on its slopes but it also has its fair share of hawker stalls to revive the spirits of the odd shell-shocked hiker.
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May 25, 2005
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I have been to HuaShan (it's just "Hua Mountain"), didn't take that road because I was in a tour group.

Without the tour group I probably would have taken it. You get the safety harness anyway.
 
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Yes.

I used to work at pretty great heights (like sometimes 200+ feet on a ladder with lanyard), so I'm used to the fear. That being said, I would still be nervous. I think it would be kinda fun though.
 
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Photos I took in Hua Mountain






The main route is not that bad, you can walk in one day. It's one of the five famous mountains. I would say its worth one visit but not repeat visit like the Yellow Mountain. Can't comment on the Chang Kong Cliff.
 
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