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
2017
  • China
  • 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
2008
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer China | Dumont
  • Zeer diepgaande reisgids op het gebied van kunst, cultuur en geschiedenis. Veel plattegronden van interessante bezienswaardigheden, beschrijvingen van achtergronden. Absoluut een aanrader voor de geïnteresseerde reiziger! China - ein Land jahrtausendealter Kultur, ein Land im Umbruch. China besitzt faszinierende archäologische Schätze; alte... 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
2016
  • Reisgids Pocket Beijing | Lonely Planet
  • Klein compact stadgidsje voor Beijing met alle essentiele informatie voor een paar dagen. Eten & drinken, Accomodaties en bezienswaardigheden. Met stadsplattegrond. Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample the city’s most famous... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walking Along with You in America
  • Walking along with you in America Beginning at 1980s, many Chinese young students came to the United States with different dreams and hopes. They were far away from their homes, families and friends, struggled for surviving and development in a foreign country. In China, going aboard was like a big wave in the ocean. She, Chen Shuang, a newly... Read more
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... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids De ontdekking van China | Tuttibooks
  • Rabban, 15 jaar, bezoekt voor de eerste keer China, zijn geboorteland, waar hij als adoptiebaby vandaan komt. Zijn Chinese gids meester Kong en diens kleinzoon Yang nemen hem mee op reis door China. Ze bezoeken niet alleen de traditionele toeristische plekken maar ook het andere China in de grote stad en op het platteland.Zij vertellen hem over... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Te gast in China | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Uitgeverij Informatie Verre Reizen heeft haar nieuwe pocketreeks uitgebreid met TE GAST IN China. Deze uitgave bevat bijdragen van zes auteurs die een bijzondere band hebben met het land. Op levendige wijze en met kennis van zaken doorbreken ze in deze gevarieerde bundel het bekende cliché beeld over China. In deze uitgave laten we zien dat het... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Hongkong | Unieboek
  • De naam zegt het al: een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Reisgids The Silk Road Xi'an to Kashgar | Odyssey
  • For today's traveler, it is not only the weight of history that makes the Silk Road intriguing, but the incredible diversity of scenery and ethnic people along the way. This beautifully photographed and intelligent book is the authoritative guide to travel in the region. An incomparable guide to the Silk Road, from Xi'an to Kashgar, it takes... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • On the Trail of the Opium Poppy, Vol. 2
  • Excerpt from On the Trail of the Opium Poppy, Vol. 2: A Narrative of Travel in the Chief Opium-Producing Provinces of China br /I have spoken of the Silks and satins of Chengtu and I may mention that the city contains 6000 looms, while out side the walls there are as many as 3400 looms for the manufacture of Silk crapes. There are, too, 500... 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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