China has extremely beautiful nature scenery, especially for the mountainous scenery which you see like in the paintings from China. But, maybe you don't realize that China also offer you adrenalin travel adventure on those breathtaking mountain scenery. I did talk before one of it in my article "Adrenalin skywalk Yunmeng and Tianmen mountain" and now I want to talk other adrenalin adventure in China, it is adrenalin adventure in Taihang mountains.
Taihang Mountains in Chinese it will say Tàiháng Shān are a Chinese mountain range running down the eastern edge of the Loess Plateau in Shanxi, Henan and Hebei provinces. The range extends over 400 km from north to south and has an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 meters. The principal peak is Xiao Wutaishan (2,882 metres). Cangyan Shan in Hebei forms the eastern tip of the Taihang range.The name of Shanxi Province, meaning "west of the mountains", derives from its location west of the Taihang Mountains, as does the name of Shandong Province (east of the mountains). [courtesy Wikipedia]
Then what I mean with Adrenalin adventure in Taihang mountains? Ok.. let's talk about it.
First Taihang mountains has a tunnel road the name of this road is Guoliang Tunnel, maybe you are often see the image of this road in many Hollywood movies that took in China. According the story from amuzingplanet.com this tunnel road that located in Hunan Province of China, before 1972, access to the nearby Guoliang village was limited to a very difficult path carved into the mountainside. The village was nestled in a valley surrounded by towering mountains. It was basically cut off from civilization. In 1972, a group of desperate villagers decided to take matters into their own hands - they would carve a road right into the side of the mountain by themselves. They sold goats and herbs to buy hammers and steel tools. Thirteen strong villagers began the project. It took them five years to finish the 1,200-meter-long tunnel (a little less than a mile) which is about 5 meters high (15 ft) and 4 meters (12 ft) wide. The tunnel has more than thirty windows dozens of meters across that provided a stunning view of the deadly precipice below. The tunnel was opened to traffic on May 1, 1977.
The second adrenalin adventure in the Taihang mountains is 300ft spiral staircase which famous with name "Stairway to heaven". Dailymail.co.uk which wrote article about this staircase said maybe just looking at these stairs is enough to give anyone vertigo, but they are expected to attract thousands of tourists in China. Chinese tourist officials in Linzhou, hope this staircase will give visitors a real experience of thrilling on themountain range, but senior beware people who are upper 60 years old and who suffer heart attack should not climb this staircase. All potential climbers have to sign a form stating that they have no heart or lung problems and are under 60 years of age, because on the staircase may the wind blows and batters, the birds fly past or the stairs creak. However, for health and safety reasons, the stairs do not offer admission to just anyone.
The Taihang Mountain range encompasses 250 miles from north to south and runs through Shanxi, Henan and Hebei provinces. Most peaks range from 5,000 to 6,500ft, with the principal peak of Xiao Wutaishan reaching 9,455ft.
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