While most visitors come to Xi’an for its history, the city has some pretty impressive countryside right in its backyard in the shape of the Qinling Mountains. Huashan, the most famous peak in the range clocks in at over 2,100 meters and is regarded as one of the most important Daoist sites in the country.
As interesting as the spiritual connection is, the staggering scenery is ultimately what you are coming for: sheer drops, soaring cliffs, crooked pine trees and swirling clouds really do look like they’ve been ripped from an old Chinese landscape painting. Bespoke’s top tips? Visit in the winter low season if you can, to avoid the crowds that descend in the warmer months and avoid busy weekends and holidays. Also, the cable car is not just for wimps – even once you reach the summit there’s still a few solid hours of steep hiking to take in the various peaks, so conserving your energy for the top makes a sensible strategy.
Oh and by the way – don’t think the cable car is just for wimps – even once you reach the summit there’s still a few solid hours of steep hiking to take in the various peaks, so conserving your energy for the top makes for a sensible strategy.
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