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Taishan 'Mt. Tai', located in the Shandong province of China, has long been revered as one of the most sacred mountains in China. It was internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. To this day, hundreds flock to the summit early each morning to watch the famous sunrise from the mountaintop.
Around 3AM in the morning, every hotel wakes up its patrons. At around 4, the first people began to scale the path to the top. Surrounded by the dark night and clear mountain air, all you can see up ahead and behind you is the weaving back and forth of flashlights as the group slowly scales the remaining hundred meters or so to the top.
I scouted out this place the day before, hoping that the next day would not be misty. As this place was more difficult to reach than many other lookouts and had no fixed path to it, there were not many visitors in the morning. I stood there as trails of fog and cloud- sometimes thick, sometimes thin - whipped past me at speeds around 40-50 mph. The wind was pretty fearsome out there, and as the time approached sunrise the fog only got thicker. As the visitors near me gave up one by one because of the fog, I stood there, unable to leave - after all, this sunrise was the whole purpose that I visited. As if in answer to my prayers, not long after I became the only one left on that rock the mist spread wide open before me to a sea of cloud for a brief moment, before closing up for good.
That moment is all I could have wished for.
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