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Sunset from the west peak of China's sublime Mt Hua Shan.

One of China's five sacred mountains, the climb to the top is brutal. But spend the night on the summit and the views will leave you even more breathless.

You'll see red prayer ribbons and padlocks attached to chains all the way along the climb. They're believed to bring good fortune. I left one small padlock with my initials engraved on it at the very top too. Whether or not it brings me luck, it's nice just knowing that it's up there.

Hua Shan is about 120 kilometres east of Xi'an.

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