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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
  • 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
  • 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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United Kingdom
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer China
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO das Reich der Mitte intensiv vom sibirisch kalten Harbin bis zur tropischen Badeinsel Hainan - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in China an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben der Großen Mauer und der berühmten Tonarmee... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Insight Guide China (NL) | Cambium
  • China heeft bijna dan 1,4 miljard inwoners en is een land van contrasten. Een land met bergen en woestijnen, van megasteden en plattelandsdorpjes, maar vooral een land met een van de oudste beschavingen op aarde. De auteurs en fotografen laten u op de bekende, onovertroffen en veelvuldig bekroonde Insight Guide-wijze in woord en beeld... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2008
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Chinese Wildlife
  • China is home to a variety of remarkable variety of unusual wildlife, many of which are rare and threatened species under conservation. This new wildlife guide provides a colorful introduction to the species of a country that is beginning to emerge as a fascinating destination for wildlife enthusiasts..Visitors can discover a range of habitats:... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2008
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Chinese Wildlife
  • China is home to a variety of remarkable variety of unusual wildlife, many of which are rare and threatened species under conservation. This new wildlife guide provides a colorful introduction to the species of a country that is beginning to emerge as a fascinating destination for wildlife enthusiasts..Visitors can discover a range of habitats:... Read more
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... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet China
  • "Antique yet up-to-the-minute, familiar yet unrecognizable, outwardly urban but quintessentially rural, conservative yet path-breaking.. China is a land of mesmerizing and eye-opening contradictions." - Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer- 11 intrepid authors- 198 maps- 76 temples & monasteries- 100s of noodle spots- Inspirational photos-... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet China
  • "Antique yet up-to-the-minute, familiar yet unrecognizable, outwardly urban but quintessentially rural, conservative yet path-breaking.. China is a land of mesmerizing and eye-opening contradictions." - Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer- 11 intrepid authors- 198 maps- 76 temples & monasteries- 100s of noodle spots- Inspirational photos-... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids China der Osten | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • De enige deelgids van dit deel van China. Zeer gedegen en informatieve gids met Beijing en Shanghai. Dieser aktuelle Reiseführer führt mitten hinein in so pulsierende Wirtschaftsmetropolen wie Beijing, Tianjin und Shanghai und in die boomenden Sonderentwicklungszonen. Neben dem modernen Leben beschreibt er aber auch Höhepunkte chinesischer... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Invisible China
  • In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson, two Americans fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Uyghur, throw away the guidebook and bring a hitherto unexplored side of China to light. They journey over 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Invisible China
  • In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson, two Americans fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Uyghur, throw away the guidebook and bring a hitherto unexplored side of China to light. They journey over 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Lonely Planet China
  • 14th editionLonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet China is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get lost in the dynastic grandeur of Beijing's Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or take in Shanghai's neon lights... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Lonely Planet China
  • 14th editionLonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet China is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get lost in the dynastic grandeur of Beijing's Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or take in Shanghai's neon lights... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Hitting the Mekong
  • Phuong can wake up in the morning, declare herself hungry, and walk one hundred meters to a freshly cooked bowl of soup or a mini-baguette filled with meat pate and vegetables. Pho and banh miwe have a choice at least between those two in the space of a two-minute stroll on the street. Phuong will then come home and devour half a kilo of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Hitting the Mekong
  • Phuong can wake up in the morning, declare herself hungry, and walk one hundred meters to a freshly cooked bowl of soup or a mini-baguette filled with meat pate and vegetables. Pho and banh miwe have a choice at least between those two in the space of a two-minute stroll on the street. Phuong will then come home and devour half a kilo of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Best of China | Lonely Planet
  • De nieuwste reisgidsen-serie van Lonely Planet: een luxe uitgave met als titel 'the Best of ... ' waarin aandacht voor de belangrijkste niet te missen hoogtepunten van het land. Ook hier wordt het kort en bondig geschreven met veel praktische informatie erbj als eten-drinken en vervoer. De lijst met accommodaties - zoals bij de gewone Planets -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Magic Carpet Seduction
  • Close encounters with Carpet Casanovas in Turkey. A quest to meet a wizard-like hermit in the Lebanese mountains. Political intrigue in a Chinese classroom. A marriage proposal on a Nicaraguan chicken bus. Vicariously experience these and other adventures when you travel with the author, Lisa Egle, to China, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Magic Carpet Seduction
  • Close encounters with Carpet Casanovas in Turkey. A quest to meet a wizard-like hermit in the Lebanese mountains. Political intrigue in a Chinese classroom. A marriage proposal on a Nicaraguan chicken bus. Vicariously experience these and other adventures when you travel with the author, Lisa Egle, to China, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
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 DOUBLE-SIDED
  • 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 2017.The map has contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and altitude colouring, plus graphics to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • China West ITMB
  • Western China on a double-sided, indexed road map from ITMB at 1:3,000,000, with three insets providing a street plan of central Lhasa, a wider coverage of the city and a plan of the Norbulingka complex. The map divides the region north/south and coverage extends east to approx. 106° (Lanzhou/Chengou).The map has altitude colouring in feet,... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte China, Mongolei, Bhutan 1:4 000 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land des Drachens . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit ´´´´Marco-Polo-Highlight-... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Nepal - Everest
  • Sherpa-dorpjes, eeuwenoude Tibetaanse kloosters, de groene uitlopers van de Himalaya, en de ruige en imposante Gokyo vallei. Deze klassieke trektocht die de route volgt die Everest eerstbeklimmers Hillary en Norgay volgden, voert u over rustige paden met weinig andere toeristen. De rijke sherpa cultuur en de landschappelijk zeer fraaie omgeving... Read more
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  • Nepal - Everest
  • De hoogste bergen ter wereld, de rijke sherpa cultuur en de landschappelijk zeer fraaie omgeving zijn uitstekende redenen om je wandelvakantie te besteden aan het lopen van deze trektocht naar de Everest. Een geweldig avontuur van 17 dagen door het Solo-Khumbu gebied, eerst over de Everest Trail naar Kala Patar (5600m) en het Everest Basecamp.... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Nepal - Everest
  • Als er één berg in Nepal is die tot de verbeelding spreekt, dan is dat toch wel de Mount Everest; de hoogste berg op aarde. En dat is niet ten onrechte want het spectaculaire gebied rond deze ‘berg der bergen’, met zijn rijke Sherpa cultuur, staat garant voor een weergaloze trektocht. Eerst over de Everest Trail naar Kala Patar (5600m) en het... Read more
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