Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. It is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. 120 kilometers east of Xi’an mount Hua rises,  one of the Five Great Mountains of China. Hiking the narrow pathways with precipitous drops is exhausting but the view is magnificent. I saw one of the most stunning views of my life. A frost covered forest on a sharp mountain peak. An unforgettable view.