China

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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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Rate 9.0 | 1 vote | No 2. in Asia
  • Miguel
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Countless opportunities, from the Great Wall to Tibet
  • Negative Hard to travel independently in Tibet
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Books

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,... Read more
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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... Read more
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... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids Xi'an, Shaanxi and the Terracotta Army - China | Odyssey
  • Beschrijvende reisgids over het onwaarschijnlijke TerraCotta leger van Xi´an en de bezienswaardigheden in de directe omgeving. Veel aandacht voor geschiedenis, maar ook toeristische zaken. Rijk geillustreerd (Engels) Situated in north central China, Xi´an is among the great historic centers of the world - it is China´s Luxor. Here the early... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wanderings East of Suez, in Ceylon, India, China and Japan (Classic Reprint)
  • Excerpt from Wanderings East of Suez, in Ceylon, India, China and Japan br /Introductory If books of travel were not written the stay-at home millions would know little of the strange or interesting sights of this beautiful world of ours; and it surely is better to have a vicarious knowledge of what is beyond the vision than dwell in ignorance... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids City Guide Shanghai | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Shànghǎi: few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Ausgewandert
  • Deutschland ist schon lange auch ein Auswanderungsland. Jedes Jahr verlassen über 100000 Deutsche unser Land dauerhaft. Größer noch ist die Zahl derer, die für eine begrenzte Zeit ins Ausland ziehen. Auswanderer erleben die fremde Kultur oft als Bereicherung und finden sich schnell zurecht. Aber für viele kommt bald auch Sehnsucht nach... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Beijing | ANWB Media
  • Compacte reisgids inclusief grote uitneembare kaart. ANWB Extra Beijing beschrijft 15 hoogtepunten: dé plekken die je moet bezoeken om de stad optimaal te beleven. De belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden maar ook suggesties voor unieke ervaringen en ontdekkingen. Op de grote uitneembare kaart staan naast de 15 hoogtepunten ook de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Make My Day Hong Kong | Lonely Planet
  • Handige reisgids met uniek concept. Plan door middel van de ringband en de kleine flapjes jouw ideale dagje uit in de stad. Met aanduiding van reistijd tussen de verschillende activiteiten en eetgelegenheden in de buurt. De handige kaartjes laten zien waar de dichtsbijzijnde opstapmogelijkheden voor het openbaar vervoer zijn. Lonely Planet Make... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids De zijderoute - Silk Road | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids China en Hongkong | Lannoo
  • Hele goede reisgids over dit gebied, bedenk echter wel dat het vooral vrijwel alleen gaat over de meer bekendere gebieden van China. De buitengebieden komen niet of nauwelijks aan de orde. De serie Groene Gidsen van Michelin is een beproefde en betrouwbare reisgidsenreeks. Of u nu lekker lang met vakantie gaat of er zomaar even tussenuit trekt,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Beijing - Peking | Insight Guides
  • Beijing is een stad van tegenstellingen en extremen - een stad die betovert en verwart, prikkelt en irriteert en dat allemaal in gelijke mate. Beijing dankt zijn roem voor een groot deel nog steeds aan de Verboden Stad. In deze gids vindt u alle informatie die u nodig hebt om Beijing te leren kennen of opnieuw te ontdekken. Het beste van... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • On the Trail of the Opium Poppy, Vol. 1
  • Excerpt from On the Trail of the Opium Poppy, Vol. 1: A Narrative of Travel in the Chief Opium-Producing Provinces of China br /This book is not a history of the Opium Question, nor does it deal with the evils which attend the abuse of the drug. It is a plain narrative of journeys made in China during the years 1910 and 1911 for the purpose of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Pocket Hong Kong | Lonely Planet
  • Pocket reisgidsen van Lonely Planet zijn een kleinere versie dan de 'echte' Planets. Vaak echter van bijzondere bestemmingen binnen een bepaald land waardoor er meer aandacht is en uitgebreidere tips zijn voor die bepaalde streek i.v.m. de grote Planets. Handzaam formaat, makkelijk in de binnenzak! Toch ook deze vol met praktische informatie.... Read more
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Maps

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... Read more
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,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (50K)
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China on a double-sided topographic map at 1:50,000 from its official Survey and Mapping Office, with bilingual place names and English language map legend. Current edition was published in 2014.The map has contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and altitude colouring, plus graphics to... Read more
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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... Read more
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... Read more
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