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Huashan is located about 120 kilometers or 74 miles east of Xian and is a sacred mountain area. Visitors can walk up the 2,200 meter or 7,220 foot, above sea level, peak of Huashan. The hike takes about 2 days to complete. Huashan, is literally translated as Flower Mountain. The mountain has for centuries been deemed as one of China's five sacred mountains, Wu ye. Huashan, also known as the Western Mountain, Xi yue, due to its geographical location in relation to the others, is famed as the most precipitous of the five.
Along the 12 kilometer path leading from the foot of the mountain, where it starts at the Jade Fountain Temple, Yuchuan si, to its five peaks, you will get the chance to see some impressive scenes, including the strangely shaped granite peaks and the twisted pines, that make up this, one of the lesser visited of the holy mountains. The peaks from above are said to resemble the petals of a huge plant, with the middle peak as the corolla, hence the mountain's name. Of the five peaks it is the 2100 meter southern peak that is the largest, closely followed by those in the east and west.
The route to conquer the peaks passes by temples, shrines, pavilions, terraces, carvings, and statues that appear interspersed between the stark granite paths and forested margins. Along the Green Dragon Ridge, Bilong ji, which connects the northern peak with the remaining peaks, the way is cut along a narrow rock ridge with steep cliffs on either side. Some of this route is linked by iron chains on the more precipitous sections.
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