The Worst Place to Have a Cup of Tea

The Teahouse at the Southern Peak

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Wed, Jan 8th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the dormant uqpu.net website, a stunning photogallery of the famous Teahouse at the Southern Peak, showing you what is involved in reaching said cup of tea on the southern peak of Mt. Huashan in China. Above, a photo of what part of the journey looks like, and that's not even the worst part.

The teahouse is one of the many Taoist temples to be found on each of the five peaks that make up Mt. Huashan. As the original inhabitants practiced asceticism, and didn't make a habit of traveling, they daily meditation was heavily accented by drinking tea. For this reason, over the years, this temple has turned into a teahouse. When seen on a map, the mountain range forms a sort of flower shape. The temple was built here because each of the five peaks needed to be populated in order to complete the flower.

Mt. Huashan is located in Huayin, a city 120km east of Xi'an in the Shaanxi Province of China. For reference, Xi'an is the location were they unearthed the Terracotta Warriors and the cradle of Chinese culture extending some 3000 years into the past. This particular teahouse is on the South Peak, which has an altitude of 7,087 feet.

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