Mountain Huashan is located in the eastern part of Shaanxi Province, about 120 kilometers from Xian, belonging to the eastern section of Mount Qinling. Seen from a distance, its five peaks look like a flower, hence the name (flower is pronounced hua in Chinese). It is also called Mount Taihua, known in the ancient times as the Western Mountain in Shaanxi Province at an elevation of 2, 160 meters. This mountain is one of the Chinese Five Sacred Mountains (i.e. the Eastern Mountain in Shandong Province, the Southern Mountain in Hunan, the Western Mountain in Shaanxi Province, the Northern Mountain in Shanxi Province, and the Central Mountain in Henan Province).
Mountain Hua is known as the most precipitous mountain in the planet. It is famed for its natural vistas of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, and a breathtaking mountain range. There is a proverb goes that in China: "From time immemorial the Mt. Huashan has been only one way to climb atop." so you can imagine its steepness. The mountain is the holy land of Taoism, some famous Taoist temples perched on the mountain. In ancient times the emperors of different dynasties made pilgrimages here.