Walk The Plank

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Nov 26, 2012 | By Maryam

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This is no pirate’s plank walk. Located 7,000 feet above sea level on China's Hua Shan Mountain, the Huashan Plank Walk embodies peril of a different kind.

The ascent begins with a short set of steps carved into the side of a mountain. Soon after, the steps turn into a “ladder” of iron rods. Both require very, very careful steps to compensate for precarious footing. Then comes the notorious plank. 

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Veterans of the mountain hike recommend using a safety harness. One look at the one-foot wide wooden plank and the mile of space between it and the ground below will have you in agreement. The audacious climber is rewarded with remarkable views of the mountains surrounding the trail.

To catch the views, but skip the hike there are also cable cars that carry visitors to various lookout points and religious shrines along the mountain. 

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