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from the bottom up

More than 17,000 steps separate the foot of Huang Shan's mountain to the top. Most of the hotels, located on the summit, still rely on manpower to haul up and down the food and other supplies they need. Climbing amidst fog and cloud, it is not rare the cross the path of exhausted haulers, panting on their way to the top.

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Taken on January 21, 2009