Posted by: maboulette | August 7, 2016

The Tea House of the August Moon?


OK – I will admit that this is a rerun of an article I posted 5 years ago – but I wanted to share it with any new followers. 

This photo tour shows the hike that one most take to get to the teahouse on the southern peak of Mt. Huashan in China.  

First you need to climb what is called the Heavenly Stairs.

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Continuing up the Heavenly Stairs.

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Down Below, you see “towns” that were built to be support for all the temples at the peaks. This area is still fairly easy and safe, and doesn’t need much caution.

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Now you must take a gondola ride to the base of the south peak

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After the gondola drops you off there is a short path. This path gets narrower and narrower until the only way to continue is by sections of planks that have been put together to bridge the gaps.

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The only railing is a sequence of carabineers and cable, padlocked to metal stakes hammered into the face of the mountain.

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When meeting anyone going past you in the opposite direction, the only promising way to pass is by backing up into the closest landing, and then letting the others pass.

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Flags show the way on which path you’re on as there are several paths, going to other locations; mostly landings that have larger standing areas.

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After moving around the side of the mountain, the mountain starts to slope, so you can stop going around, and start moving in a more straight line to the peak. You can make out steps on the left side of this picture.

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The final part goes straight up the mountain face with Toe holes hammered out.

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Once you reach the top, there is a long path that saddles the mountain top bringing you to the peak.

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And finally, the peak! This is the peak where the southern temple is and a tea house which is probably more respected for its location than its tea.  But going all this way – the tea will probably taste great!

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The tea house is one of the many Taoist temples on Mt Huashan where 5 peaks are found.  Since the original occupants practiced ‘asceticism’, and didn’t make a habit of traveling, their daily meditations were heavily highlighted by drinking tea. For this reason, over the years, this temple has turned into a tea house. When viewed on a map, these mountain ranges form the shape of a flower. The temple was built here since each of the five peaks needed to be populated in order to complete the flower.

Mt. Huashan is situated in Huayin, which is a city 120 km east of Xi’an in the Shaanxi Province of China. Xi’an is where they excavated the Terracotta Warriors and is called the ‘cradle’ of Chinese culture some 3000 years into the past. This specific teahouse is on the South Peak, which has an altitude of 7,087 feet.

 

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