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Old 24 January 2009, 10:11 PM
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Fright Path to a Teahouse

I just stumbled across this site, and was wondering if these pictures are really all in a series, and if the end destination is really a teahouse. It just seems odd that all these people are going through this path just to get to a teahouse.
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http://www.justaskshirley.com/photos/china/wow.htm
Heres all the pics with the text accompanied from the site:
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Let's go have some tea. We will take a mountain trail stroll in Chia - 1st - Let's take the tram up to the start of the trail.

Now follow the path.

Be sure to hold on to the railing.

Let's hope no one gets a sudden cramp or that the area gets hit by an earthquake !! Are these chains rust-proof?

Keep an eye on the person in front of you and be very careful when passing someone going in the opposite direction.


Now just up a few steps. (They are on the left in the picture)

Gets a little steeper here - so put your toes in the holes.

A few more steps to go.

Finally in sight, the Teahouse!
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Old 27 January 2009, 09:52 AM
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Gave me the shivers just looking at the photos.

I wouldn't do that for all the tea in, um..... I'll get me coat.
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Old 27 January 2009, 10:06 AM
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In my DH's words, looking at those pictures make my *bleep* pucker.

Please tell me it's a matter of camera angles like in the photos of the people jumping from one rock to another where it looks like they are above a deep canyon.
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Old 27 January 2009, 10:09 AM
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Oh man this sort of stuff gives me vertigo >wobbles<

There's a video on Youtube, some guy with a camcorder traversing this or some very similar path of insanity, and I can barely look at it, makes the base of my spine go funny
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Old 27 January 2009, 10:39 AM
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If indeed the photo's are real, I imagine the attraction is to climb and see the view, or maybe the mountain has some sort of cultural or spiritual significance, and the teahouse is just there for the refreshment of climbers, rather than someone decided to put a teahouse in a very inconvenient location and attracted people somehow to go there.

It does look rather beautiful.
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Old 27 January 2009, 11:02 AM
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I don't think it's just a teahouse. According to travel china guide this is Mt. Huashan, located in Huayin, a city 120km east of Xi'an in the Shaanxi Province of China. It could be one of the many Taoist temples to be found on each of the five peaks that make up Mt. Huashan.
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Old 27 January 2009, 12:24 PM
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"Sorry - This teahouse is closed for inventory. Please come back Feb. 1"
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Old 27 January 2009, 04:38 PM
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I once got these photos (haven't we seen them here before?) from someone, labelled as the last part of an instruction how to get to someone's new home. The first part consisted of equally breathtaking photos of a heavilly trafficked (mostly lorries and buses) road, broad enough for a couple of people to walk abreast, cut out from a very steep mountainside, no shoulders of course (I think they have been discussed here as well and IIRC they were from the Andes).
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Old 27 January 2009, 11:57 PM
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welcome to China! Where the population is so great, we make people walk death-defying paths to get tea. I would like to see the bone pile at the bottom of the gorge.

Also, how the heck would they get the building supplies there? Maybe a Chinese construction company just showed up out of the blue and yelled "supplies!"

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Old 28 January 2009, 10:04 AM
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At least it deters door-to-door salesmen.
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Old 28 January 2009, 10:12 AM
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I don't think it's just a teahouse. According to travel china guide this is Mt. Huashan, located in Huayin, a city 120km east of Xi'an in the Shaanxi Province of China. It could be one of the many Taoist temples to be found on each of the five peaks that make up Mt. Huashan.
At least picture #2 is found on cultural-china.com in the article on Mt. Huashan.

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Old 28 January 2009, 10:15 AM
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Oh man this sort of stuff gives me vertigo >wobbles<

There's a video on Youtube, some guy with a camcorder traversing this or some very similar path of insanity, and I can barely look at it, makes the base of my spine go funny
Is this what you were thinking of...

http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/01...-bridge-cross/

If not, um its what I was!
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Old 28 January 2009, 12:01 PM
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If indeed the photo's are real, I imagine the attraction is to climb and see the view, or maybe the mountain has some sort of cultural or spiritual significance, and the teahouse is just there for the refreshment of climbers, rather than someone decided to put a teahouse in a very inconvenient location and attracted people somehow to go there.

It does look rather beautiful.
That's what I thought.

I would totally take that hike... crying the whole way, of course.
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Old 28 January 2009, 03:57 PM
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I just want to know who was the nutbar taking these photos. They must have perfect balance, to be able to stand and hold a camera without holding on to anything for stability. Especially on the side of the cliff with nothing but footholes and a chain.

I'm not doubting the photos are real, I'm just doubting the photographer's sanity.
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Old 28 January 2009, 04:07 PM
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That looks more like a shrine than a teahouse to me.
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Old 29 January 2009, 04:06 AM
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Oh man this sort of stuff gives me vertigo >wobbles<

There's a video on Youtube, some guy with a camcorder traversing this or some very similar path of insanity, and I can barely look at it, makes the base of my spine go funny
Then don't click...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWcegpemjbA
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Old 29 January 2009, 09:15 AM
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Wow. Doesn't Spain have health and safety? Just blocking off the entrances doesn't seem to work judging by the number of other walkers. It makes the Hertfordshire Way look easy!
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Old 29 January 2009, 09:44 AM
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It's definitely a temple on top of Mount Huashan, visited by pilgrims and tourists.
If you thought the photos were scary, do not click here.
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Old 29 January 2009, 12:31 PM
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The first part consisted of equally breathtaking photos of a heavilly trafficked (mostly lorries and buses) road, broad enough for a couple of people to walk abreast, cut out from a very steep mountainside, no shoulders of course (I think they have been discussed here as well and IIRC they were from the Andes).
I remember those pictures. They were claimed to be of a mountain road in Bolivia, and there were a few different websites by people who claimed to have made the trip through that pass. I don't recall these pictures being attached to that series, though.
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Old 29 January 2009, 12:33 PM
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