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Dancing on “The World’s Most Dangerous Hike”

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The World’s Most Dangerous Hike

After visiting Jiuzhaigou, we had two options: Fly north and visit the desert or fly east and return to Xi’An. Perhaps our thinking was muddled from the altitude — at 3500m above sea level, Jiuzhaigou’s airport is the 3rd highest in China and has an oxygen bar that is extremely popular with travellers — but we chose to return to Xi’An so we could hike Mt. Hua Shan. Hua Shan has occupied a spot in my mind since I saw pictures of its seemingly horrifying plank walk several years ago.

Why would anyone willingly walk along this path?

Thankfully, it is not as dangerous as it looks, and safety lines now exist to clip into.

Written by Devon Ireland

March 14th, 2011 at 4:43 am

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Three Days in Tiger Leaping Gorge, Three Videos

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Here are three videos from Tiger Leaping Gorge showing our wonderful hike over three days. It is impossible to capture the beauty and immense scale of the gorge, especially for an amateur, but these videos are an admirable attempt. They also demonstrate that the hike is not as dangerous or physically demanding as many claim it is.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Day One, The 28 Bends.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Day Two, Through the Waterfall.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Day Three, The Middle Rapids.

 

Written by Devon Ireland

March 5th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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