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Dine if you dare.

Huashan Mountain is a 2.5 hour drive from Xi’an, and it is one of five sacred mountains in China. It is known for its dangerous cliffs and plunging ravines. Not surprisingly, it is the most dangerous mountain in China for climbers. However, if climbers somehow manage to reach the very top, they earn the privilege to dine for free at the hilltop restaurant.

Interested? Well, let’s take a sneak preview of what the journey’s like!

1. Take the tram up to the start of the trail.

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2. Follow the path.

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3. Remember to hold onto the railing for your dear life.

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4. Watch out for the people in front of you, and be careful of people who are going in the opposite direction of you when they’re descending the mountain.

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5. Take a few steps.

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6. Watch out now. It gets a little steeper, so keep your toes in the holes.

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7. Almost there!

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8. And finally, congratulations on not dying!

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Now that you’ve gone through a pictorial version of the adventure ahead, the question is —

Do you dare?

Stairway to Heaven

Going up stairs does not sound fun at all but rather boring and tiresome. Remember that feeling of finally reaching the 40th step? 50th step? 100th step? Oh, the feeling of being out of breath, the need for water, and sore hamstrings.
Doesn’t sound pleasant does it?

So, why is it that many people still make it their challenge to do some crazy hike that involves pretty much only stairs. Maybe it’s the excuse that it’s in Hawaii! Or maybe it is the simple thrill of being at such high altitudes and having a nice view from above.  Whatever the reasons may be, people begin their 3,922-step journey at the bottom of the Haiku Valley in the island of O’ahu . This is not a simple stair hike but a rather steep vertical trail where eventually some of the stairway steps become invisible in the midst of the fog.  Although it is originally named the Haiku Stairway, however, for this very reason many have also come to know of it as the Stairway to Heaven.

So, the final question is: Do you dare to take the thrill?