While everyone else in China was enjoying their Golden Week holiday yesterday, one unfortunate group of tourists was forced to spend more time than they bargained for atop one of the country’s most famous mountains.
Yesterday evening, one of the cable car tracks that transports visitors up Huashan Mountain in Shaanxi province was shut down due to gale force winds, the tourism site’s management office posted on Weibo. Soon, photos went viral on Chinese social media showing hundreds of tourists huddled in line inside a cave at the top of the mountain.
The majority of those stranded were either elderly tourists or families with small kids. Workers encouraged most travelers to either hike to the other cable car station on the North Peak or to try walking down the mountain, but for some visitors this wasn’t an option.
For those stuck at the top, Huashan officials handed out free food, hot water, ginger soup and rain jackets. They also allowed those in need to come inside and rest.
According to the site’s Weibo account, the cable car station opened back up at 8 a.m. this morning and all the stranded tourists have been taken down the mountain safely.
Major tourism sites across China expect to receive 589 million visitors during Golden Week this year. At Huashan yesterday, 32,932 people visited the mountain.
[Images via NetEase / Weibo]