Somehow I doubt the veracity of this, but an e-mail forward asserts that the mountaintop restaurant in China pictured above offers diners a free lunch...if they can navigate the torturous trail to actually reach the place.
This is Huashan, near Xi'an. The photos are real but arranged in a misleading way. The plank walkway is a short thrill detour/pseudo via ferrata on an otherwise tame hike through what used to be a mountain hermitage. I didn't patronize the teahouse but the promise of a free meal is bogus. LOTS of people go there and there are snack vendors and even places to stay on the mountain.
Beautiful, thanks. Btw, I think you mean "tortuous", not "torturous". But perhaps it's both!
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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