Descend Sparrow Hawk Flipping Over on Mount Hua (travel experience of the week)

Descend Sparrow Hawk Flipping Over on Mount Hua (travel experience of the week)

Your sweaty hands tightly grip the rusty metal chains.   You wedge your right foot into a small 4 in. deep cubby hole on the cliff face. The left foot dangles freely and paws at the wall, searching. Unfortunately, the steep angle of decent makes it impossible to get a visual on your left foot’s next landing pad.   You find it. Surprisingly, it’s off to the right side of your right foot, making your legs criss-cross each other.   Continue this way for another 15 meters, flailing and prodding blindly for the next recess chiseled into the mountain. As the path snakes and almost “flips” over on itself, you’re not sure where you’ll land if you fall. Thank God you’re wearing a safety harness.   Finally you reach the bottom.   Congratulations, you’ve just conquered Sparrow Hawk Flipping Over. Now go collect your reward – a sweeping view of jaunty mountains atop a lonely chess pavilion. How much does it cost, How to get there, Safety: Sparrow Hawk Flipping Over is a steep rock face on the East Peak of Mount Hua. The trail was dangerous in the past, however with the recent addition of a safety harness, it’s become much less so. Entry into the park costs 180 Yuan, or 90 with a student ID. The harness costs 30 yuan and if you want a picture, tack on an extra 20 spot. High speed trains depart 12 times a day from Xian North station and cost 35 Yuan (42 minutes). A 20 minute taxi ride from the town’s train station to the mountain is between 20 and 30 Yuan. What...