Hello and welcome to Figo’s Fromagio. I have been travelling quite extensively for the last few years and it was time to record my travels in blog format. One day hopefully I can share these with my kids and maybe even inspire others to partake in a little bit of adventure. With this in mind I thought I should start with the highlight of my travels in China, the beautiful Mt Huashan.
Huashan is about 2 hours out of Xi’an, China which is otherwise famous for the Terracotta Warriors. It’s also hard to get there without being in some sort of tour, I wanted to stay overnight and I had to argue for about an hour for them to let me on the bus without buying a return ticket. They also stopped off at Chinese medicine display on the way to lighten our wallets. As soon as I was off the bus I was off, to the left was the Gondola, an enclosed climate controlled chairlift to the main access area of the 5 peaks. To the right was the Soldier’s Path with a little sign saying it was closed.
You can guess which path I took.
The Soldier’s Path was almost completely devoid of people, I only saw 2 people the whole way going up and they were 2 entrepreneurial old men taking snacks up the mountain to sell. The gondola is rather expensive so they opt to walk up the mountain to sell their wares I guess. Within 30 minutes of starting I came across this frozen waterfall, I was beginning to get an idea of why this path was closed.
After that the path started becoming something out of M.C. Escher’s twisted mind.
The soldier’s path in the end took about 2 hours and that was only just the beginning, there is 5 peaks to visit from there which means more and more stairs and precarious pathways. The first of which can be seen below.
That little pavilion is a Mahjong board I think, I can only imagine the epic battles that have taken place there. I had to reach it but there was a problem.
There entrance was gated off and there was no one around. I guessed there were harnesses in the box but if they weren’t around to serve me then bugger it. Over the fence I went.
and finally the view..
Eventually I ended up at the famed cliffside walk which was the sole reason I knew about this majestic mountain. I’ll leave that story for Part 2.