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China, Tiger Leaping Gorge

To say China is vast and varied in all respects, is nothing less than an understatement. Climate varies from continental to temperate to subtropical. Landscapes range from relatively low plains and ranges in the east and southeast, to high mountains and plateaus as you move west, culminating in the Tibetan Himalaya and the world's highest: Mount Everest (8848 m). Further to the north and northwest you will encounter merciless deserts like the Gobi and Taklamakan, and more high mountain ranges such as the remote Kunlun, Tianshan and Pamir.

Mighty rivers like the Yangtze (Chang Jiang) and Yellow River (Huang He) flow down from the west through ever more populated areas to find their way into the East and South China Seas. Other famous rivers such as the Mekong (known in China as Lancang), the Brahmaputra and the Indus rivers originate on the Tibetan plateau, and eventually flow south towards the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Without exception these rivers have helped create spectacular mountain landscapes, gorges and isolated valleys, making for wonderful hiking and exploring.

Is hiking a popular Chinese passtime? Long distance hiking as such may not be, but pilgrimages up the so-called Sacred Mountains, be it Taoist or Buddhist, definitely are a Chinese favorite. Countless Chinese, old and young alike, are seen scrambling up the slopes of mountains such as Emeishan, Taishan and Huashan. The same goes for mountains famed as inspiration for poets and painters, such as Huangshan. Hiking famous Chinese mountains often means climbing seemingly endless flights of stairs. Be prepared to share the paths with many, many others, and if lucky you are rewarded with breathtaking views.

A challenge popular with foreigners is hiking the Great Wall, usually as a 1- to 7-day hike along more or less intact Great Wall sections near Beijing. Others go for what is considered full length, all the way from Jiayuguan in the west to Laolongtou, the Old Dragon's Head sticking out into the Yellow Sea in the east near Shanhaiguan pass. Completing this full length hike will take you many months, covering a distance of at least 4000 km. With no real provisions for hikers along the way, it requires serious planning and preparation. Not nearly as popular, but a nonetheless interesting venture is retracing the legendary Long March by Mao Zedong and his Red Army. We have included the Great Wall and the Long March under Trails.

Several regions deserve special mention for hiking: the reasonably accessible mountains and valleys of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, and likewise the minority areas of Guizhou and Guangxi provinces. For the more tough and adventurous: the remote Kunlun and Muztag Ata mountains of Xinjiang province near Kashgar and Kalakuli lake, the Pamir (Congling) mountains in the west of Xinjiang on the border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the Tianshan (Heavenly) mountains in the northwest of Xinjiang province, and last but not least: Tibet with it's most famous hike and pilgrimage trail around Mount Kailash, and so much more...

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  • Miguel
  • Evaluation 9
  • Positive Countless opportunities, from the Great Wall to Tibet
  • Negative Hard to travel independently in Tibet
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Beijing Walks - Exploring the Heritage
  • Beijing Walks in the Odyssey Guides series; aimed at travellers particularly interested in the culture and history of their destination; the guides focus on the atmosphere, customs, and distinctive character of a country, region or city. As the only English language publisher based in China, Odyssey Guides specialize in Asian destinations,... Lire la suite
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The English Teacher`s Guide to China
  • For any English teacher, prospective or current, who is looking to make the most of their time teaching in China, there is no better tool than Panda Guides` The English Teacher`s Guide to China. The Middle Kingdom is one of the most fascinating and exotic places any Westerner can travel to. And that means things like culture shock, food and... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong Pocket Guide
  • The Lonely Planet Pocket Guide to Hong Kong offers frank and informal advice on an extensive range of sights, activities, accommodation, restaurants and nightlife. Ride the legendary Star Ferry, take in the views from Victoria Peak, or stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade.Written and researched by a team of experts, this book is... Lire la suite
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Natuurgids Chinese Wildlife - China | Bradt
  • De eerste echte natuurgids over de fauna van China. De diergroepen worden in verschillende hoofdstukken apart besproken, het landschap komt aan de orde en er is een deel gewijd aan hoe je welke soort waar het beste kunt vinden. Wel handig voor zo’n immens land als China dat bovendien zichzelf helemaal volbouwd en de natuur niet bepaald bovenaan... Lire la suite
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Silk Road (China) - Monks, Warriors & Merchants | Odyssey
  • To the modern reader, the Silk Road conjures up images of fabled cities and exotic lands, of long-gone empires and great conquerors. Place names such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khotan or Chang'an continue to fascinate with the richness of their past. In this authoritative book, Luce Boulnois explores the encounter between East and West across the... Lire la suite
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Reisgids Three Gorges of the Yangtze River Chongqing to Wuhan | Odyssey
  • Leading readers through this popular travel destination in China, Shaw provides a compelling read. The famed ´long river´s´ gorges has held allure for travelers for centuries and any person whom now ventures to this ancient area, home to China´s most revered poets and archeological treasures, will be expertly assisted by this handy guide. The... Lire la suite
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool China | Unieboek
  • In de bekende reeks Capitoolgidsen is dit dikke en zwaar uitgevallen exemplaar (meer dan een kilo) gewijd aan China en Tibet. Ook deze gids voldoet aan het Capitool-concept: een luxe gids met enorm veel kleurenfoto`s in alle formaten, driedimensionale overzichtstekeningen, opengewerkte tekeningen van musea en paleizen, plattegronden van steden... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Beijing - Peking | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor veel landen meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! This in-depth coverage of Beijing's local attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids Yunnan China South | Odyssey
  • A comprehensive guide to Yunnan in the Odyssey series, this excllent guide covers history, culture and attractions, featuring full-color maps and color photography. With well chosen literary excerpts from Bruce Chatwin, F. Kingdon Ward and others. Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least... Lire la suite
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • China Hallwag Road Map
  • Large general road map covering China with an inset of Beijing at larger scale.Cartography has subtle shading for elevation with spot heights clearly marked. All major roads are shown, including highways, trunk roads, tracks, and also road numbering and distances shown in kilometers. Railways, ferries, airports are also marked, as are... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mount Gongga Glaciers
  • Mount Gongga Glaciers on a detailed, contoured map at 1:25,000 published by the Chinese Institute of Glaciology and based on surveys carries out in early 1980s and aerial photography from December 1996. The map has contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by shading, plus graphics and/or colouring for exposed rock, scree, moraine, crevasses,... Lire la suite
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Beijing & the Great Wall
  • Exploring Beijing and walking on the Great Wall. Combine the captivating sights of one of the world’s great cities, Beijing, with independent walking on the 2,000 year old Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the famous sites of Beijing; the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Olympic Park and the “hutong” district... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Exploring Beijing and walking on the Great Wall. Traverse a variety of sections along one of mankind’s greatest architectural achievements, the Great Wall of China. As you walk along wild and unrestored parts of the wall and feel a real sense of remoteness, speculate as to how this amazing feat of engineering was constructed without modern... Lire la suite
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