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Mount Hua, China:

Imagine taking a selfie while trying to navigate a death-defying trail on a tiny wooden ledge which hugs the sides of a 7,087-foot-high cliff, with barely anything more than an iron chain to hold on to in some places. This is Mount Hua located near the city of Huayin, in Shaanxi province – among the world’s most dangerous hiking trails in the world. While the authorities have been working on reinforcing security features, according to reports, the trail sees around 100 accidents every year.

Image credit: By chensiyuan (chensiyuan) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Selfie-obsessed? You would be safer off avoiding these places

The recent death of the Indian blogger/techie couple Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Vishwanath after they fell while taking selfies in a steep-terrain area in the Yosemite National Park in California, is a classic case of a selfie gone horribly wrong. Ironically, Meenakshi had cautioned against taking risky selfies in one of her blog posts at the Grand Canyon, where she had written. “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs. But did you know that wind gusts can be fatal? Is our life worth one photo?”

The desire to take the perfect selfie has cost a number of lives over the years, with India leading the list with 159 deaths. A study conducted by researchers at the US National Library of Medicine has revealed that 259 people have died while attempting to take extreme selfies, between the years 2011 and 2017. The most common causes have been drowning, falling and transport accidents. This has prompted authorities across the world to consider implementing no-selfie zones in dangerous areas. As of now, Mumbai has 16 such zones. 

Here are some of the most dangerous places in the world where people take great risks for the perfect selfie.