Situated in Huayin City, Mt. Huashan is 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) from Xian. Hiking is the reason why more and more people coming to Mount Hua. The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted onto the mountainside. It is famous for natural vista of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags and a high mountain range. Its five peaks are the representative attractions and each has its distinctive charms: East Peak is the best place to enjoy the sunrise; South Peak has the highest altitude; West Peak is the most elegant; North Peak is famous as the Cloud Terrace Peak and Middle Peak is also called Jade Lady Peak.
The Mountain is also home to several influential Taoist temples, where many emperors of past dynasties took part in Taoist activities and sacrificed to the god of mountain, making it a holy land of Taoism. At its foot, are the representatives of its Taoist elements:
An astronomical telescope is provided in East Peak- Facing Sun Peak. One well-known scenic spot, the Immortal's Palm Peak, ranked as one of the Eight Scenic Wonders of the Guanzhong Area (the plain in the middle of Shaanxi Province), is located on the East Peak.
With an altitude of 2,160 meters (about 7,087 feet), the South Peak - Landing Wild Geese Peak, is regarded as the monarch of the mountain because it is the highest peak of Mt. Huashan and also the highest peak among the Five Sacred Mountains of China.
Visitors who summit South Peak are undoubtedly winners. Looking around when standing at the peak, the surrounding landscapes are luxuriantly green; the Yellow River wanders far below and everything seems small. A legend goes that the wild geese returning from the south often landed at South Peak, giving the area the name Landing Wild Geese Peak. At the top of South Peak, the Black Dragon Pool at the summit and the Greeting Pines on the southwestern cliff are two attractive resorts. The most dangerous place is Plank Road, a plank path built along the side of a vertical cliff, about 0.3 meters (about 1 foot) wide. Below is a bottomless gulf which makes visitors shake with fear. There is a Taoist temple called Baidi Temple or Jintian Palace, considered to be the host temple of Deity Shaohao.
Middle Peak - Jade Maiden Peak clings to East Peak and is in the center of East, South and West Peaks. There is a Taoist temple on the peak named Jade Maiden Temple.
Maiden Temple and Jade Maiden Basin for Shampooing can be found on the peak. Other scenic spots in Middle Peak include Rootless Tree and Sacrificing Tree, which have beautiful stories and add to the supernatural atmosphere of Middle Peak.
There are precipitous cliffs on all sides of North Peak, making it look like a flat terrace in the clouds, hence the name Cloud Terrace Peak. It is 1,614 meters (about 5,295 feet) high. Three sides are cliffs and one side is to the Ear-Touching Cliff, which is the fourth precipitous path where visitors can climb up only by pressing an ear
close to the cliff.
The higher you go, the more wonderful scenery you can enjoy. That’s not only true with modern buildings, but also to Mount Hua.