Saturday, 24 March 2018

After Failing Miserably,

at climbing, 

  Ben Nevis the UKs tallest mountain, you can see my attempt here, I decided I needed a smaller mountain to climb, and here it is,‘Jingshan’, the smallest mountain in Chaina, and probably the world,
 Jingshan may not be the most impressive mountain in the world, but as the only mountain in Shouguang district, it is a symbol of the region and one of its most popular tourist attractions, mentions of the mountain in the district’s official records can be traced back over 100 years, including its precise location, dimensions, it seems to be the tip of a much larger underground mountain, how deep is Jingshan really? 

well, we’ll probably never know as its protected status makes it illegal to dig around it, however, people did try digging it out in the past, according to Zheng Binhai, the former curator of Shouguang Bo Museum, during Mao Zedong’s rule someone was tasked with digging around Jingshan to prove that it was not a mountain, but a simple rock, after digging several meters without reaching the mountain’s underground base, they gave up, then, in 1958, someone else attempted to dig around Jingshan, but they too failed to find its base, and the seemingly small rock has been recognized as a mountain ever since, reports that Jingshan has a height of 48 meters, but most of it is underground, the exposed tip of China’s smallest mountain is just 0.6 meters high, 1.24 meters long and just 0.7 meters wide, 

the only thing I must remember is not to try to climb it when crops are growing, finding it could be a bit of a problem!

although in Chinese here is a short video of the mountain.

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