Poor weather traps hundreds on Chinese mountain

Poor weather traps hundreds on Chinese mountain

Hundreds of tourists were stranded atop China's Mount Hua overnight, after poor weather forced the suspension of the cable car service.

High winds meant cable cars couldn't run up and down Mount Hua's west peak on Monday night (local time), leaving around 200 people stranded.

They were given raincoats, warm ginger soup and hot water while they were forced to wait in the aisles and entrance to the cable car.

The majority of those stranded were either elderly tourists or families with small children, according to Shanghaiist, as other travellers were encouraged to either hike to another cable car station on the north peak, or to try walking down the mountain.

All tourists were safely returned to the ground after winds died down on Tuesday morning.

The incident came during China's annual National Week, a seven-day holiday linked with a tourist boom.