What happens up there in the mountains, on the staggering cliffs far above the rest of the world? Weird, terrifying, and amazing things! Here are 8 unbelievable stories about some insane cliffs:
1. Mad Honey Hunting
Every year, the Kulung people of eastern Nepal climb up the dizzying cliffs of the Himalayas using only thin rope ladders and braving the stings of thousands of bees. Why? They are searching for and harvesting their hallucinogenic “mad honey”, valued on the black market at close to $80 a pound.
2. Guoliang Tunnel
The clifftop village of Guoliang was once isolated from the outside world, accessible only by rappelling and using a treacherous set of stairs. One day, one of the local children fell when descending the cliffs to go to school. After this, 13 villagers took it upon themselves to carve a path into the cliff. 5 years later, they finished the amazing 1200-meter-long Guoliang Tunnel, the single road connecting Guoliang to the rest of China.
3. Yartsa Gunbu
On the cliffs of the Himalayas, there grows a fungus known as yartsa gunbu in Tibet. The fungus grows from the underground caterpillars of ghost moths, sprouting vertically up from the ground. Used to boost vitality, treat cancer, and increase libido, it is the most expensive fungus in the world, valued more than gold. Every year, the clifftops are crowded with villagers searching for this magical fungus.
4. Atule’er Village
The remote 200-year-old Atule’er Village in Sichuan province sits literally on the side of a 800-meter cliff, with a nearly vertical drop into the valley below. The only way to ascend the cliff was through a series of flimsy vine ladders. After the dangers of Atule’er were revealed in a news feature, local officials announced the construction of a safer staircase.
5. Guizhou “Spider People”
Historically, free-climbing, scaling steep cliff faces without any equipment, was a practice of the Miao ethnic minority, done in order to collect herbs for traditional Chinese medicine. Now these amazing climbers, known as “spider people”, perform their heartstopping skills daily to an awestruck audience of tourists.
6. The “Egg-Laying” Cliff
There is a 500-million-year-old cliff in Guizhou known to the locals as the “egg-laying cliff”. This cliff is named for the strange egg-shaped rocks, resembling buttons, protruding out from its surface. The smooth round buttons each take about thirty years to fall out of the wall, tumbling down off the surface, which gives the impression that the cliff is laying eggs.
7. Cliffside Burials
In southern China there remains an unsolved mystery–the suspended ancient burials of Gongxian. Hundreds of wooden coffins sit high on cliff faces, believed to have been left there by the Bo people, who are thought to have died out 400 years ago. Experts cannot figure out how these coffins were placed so precariously.
8. Cliff Swing
While a swing set might seem pretty relaxing, a theme park in southwest China offers a swing like no other in the world. This swing flies over the edge of a cliff, 300 meters above the forested canyon below. This crazy cliff swing sees nearly 4,000 visitors every day.
Experience the insane cliffs of Guoliang,
and meet one of the men who carved the Guoliang Tunnel!
This weekend adventure is about hiking up some insane cliffs, spending the night in Guoliang village at the top of the cliffs, and throwing an awesome bonfire party! Discover amazing waterfalls, caves, and cliffs in one of the most remote places on earth!
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