yangniziNear the Dead Sea, there is a rocky mountain protruding from flat ground. The eastern cliff of this rocky mountain is about 450 meters high, from the top of the mountain to the shore of the Dead Sea; the western cliff is more than 100 meters high. The top of the rock is flat and roughly rhombus; it is about 600 meters long from north to south and more than 300 meters wide from east to west. On the top of the mountain, there are remnants of ancient palaces and castles. That is the ancient city of Masada, which has a history of more than 2,000 years. The trail leading to the ancient city of Masada is extremely steep and is known as the "Snake Path".