Hua Shan is one of China’s Five Great Mountains, located near the city of Huayin in Shaanxi province, and has a long history of religious significance. On the South Peak is where you will find the famous Cliffside Plank Path, the exhilarating and China’s most dangerous, mountain hike that’s not for the faint of heart. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.
There is a cost of approximately 30 yuan (just under $5 usd) and you are given 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. All of this is located thousands of feet above ground (check out the video at the bottom for a first-person POV).
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.