20 Most Terrifying Places on Earth


Hua Shan Plank Walk, China

Don’t like heights? You’ll want to give the Hua Shan Plank Walk a miss. Even for the most courageous climbers, venturing out onto the rickety wooden platform, a precarious position thousands of feet above the distant ground below, can prove to be a step too far.

Located one hour from Xi’an, a popular tourist destination, Hua Shan beckons the brave, with visitors keen to tackle a walk billed as the Most Dangerous Hike on Earth. The bravado often disappears upon seeing the narrow planks bolted to the mountainside, though. Stepping out is a major undertaking.

For those able to conquer their fears, the reward is a remarkable view out over the neighbouring tree-lined mountains, although you’re advised to think twice about looking down. Given that reaching the plank walk is an epic undertaking in itself, with countless obstacles to overcome (including near-vertical steps and sheer rock faces that offer few hand holds and little assistance), your courage will be tested in no uncertain fashion before you even get here.