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
  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sheila's Guide to the Five Most Beautiful Towns and Villages in China
  • Our first visit to China in 1989 was light-years ago. Tourists were only allowed to tour with a State Guide shepherding you around, shopping was reserved for the "Friendship Stores," and it was strictly forbidden to wander off on your own. Cosmopolitan China today is a revelation and constantly reinventing itself. Houses sell for millions of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sheila's Guide to the Five Most Beautiful Towns and Villages in China
  • Our first visit to China in 1989 was light-years ago. Tourists were only allowed to tour with a State Guide shepherding you around, shopping was reserved for the "Friendship Stores," and it was strictly forbidden to wander off on your own. Cosmopolitan China today is a revelation and constantly reinventing itself. Houses sell for millions of... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2009
  • Yunnan
  • Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least known and most beguiling regions of China. A mountainous wonderland, it is home to 24 diverse, colourful ethnic cultures. With a name meaning 'South of the Clouds', Yunnan boasts sparkling blue skies, red earth and green forests. The picturesque... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2009
  • Yunnan
  • Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least known and most beguiling regions of China. A mountainous wonderland, it is home to 24 diverse, colourful ethnic cultures. With a name meaning 'South of the Clouds', Yunnan boasts sparkling blue skies, red earth and green forests. The picturesque... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Apples in the Snow
  • Starting near the roof of the world on the Soviet Union's border with China, Geoffrey Moorhouse's journey through Central Asia winds across mountains, steppes and desert as well as the path of the retreating Red Army before reaching Tamburlaine's tomb in Samarakand. The sequel to his award winning To the Frontier, Apples in the Snow is both a... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Apples in the Snow
  • Starting near the roof of the world on the Soviet Union's border with China, Geoffrey Moorhouse's journey through Central Asia winds across mountains, steppes and desert as well as the path of the retreating Red Army before reaching Tamburlaine's tomb in Samarakand. The sequel to his award winning To the Frontier, Apples in the Snow is both a... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • time to momo - Hongkong
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Hongkong-gids! Jij gaat Hongkong ontdekken! Onze favoriete stad in Azië: de stad die nooit slaapt en waar altijd wat te doen en te zien is. Hongkong is een boeiende mix van Oost en West, van traditioneel en modern. Historische tempels staan tussen de wolkenkrabbers en hippe koffietentjes en ouderwetse... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • time to momo - Hongkong
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Hongkong-gids! Jij gaat Hongkong ontdekken! Onze favoriete stad in Azië: de stad die nooit slaapt en waar altijd wat te doen en te zien is. Hongkong is een boeiende mix van Oost en West, van traditioneel en modern. Historische tempels staan tussen de wolkenkrabbers en hippe koffietentjes en ouderwetse... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids 100% Hongkong time to momo | Mo'Media
  • Leuke trendy reisgids van de stad. Aan de hand van een aantal wandelingen kom je op de leukste plekken terecht. Natuurlijk worden de trendy adressen van accommodatie, restaurants, kroegen, dance, musea en shoppen niet vergeten. Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Hongkong-gids! Jij gaat Hongkong ontdekken! Onze favoriete stad in Azië: de... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Elite Self-Defense
  • The best self-defense technique you will ever learn in your life consists in avoiding danger, but before that you will need to recognize it and be ahead of the events when they occur. The Author of this book has coached many self-defense instructors, security guards, and police officers, as well as spies, to understand the elements that compose... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Elite Self-Defense
  • The best self-defense technique you will ever learn in your life consists in avoiding danger, but before that you will need to recognize it and be ahead of the events when they occur. The Author of this book has coached many self-defense instructors, security guards, and police officers, as well as spies, to understand the elements that compose... Read more
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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition
  • This is the most up-to-date Sedona full color hiking guide available. The Sedona hiking trail system is constantly changing. Other Sedona full color hiking guides books are printed in China which can result in long delays in incorporating changes, we keep Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition up-to-date by constantly hiking the trails... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition
  • This is the most up-to-date Sedona full color hiking guide available. The Sedona hiking trail system is constantly changing. Other Sedona full color hiking guides books are printed in China which can result in long delays in incorporating changes, we keep Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition up-to-date by constantly hiking the trails... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids City Guide Beijing | 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. Constantly reimagining itself as it races towards the future, yet inextricably... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Rory's Cuban Journal
  • This book documents the writer s trip to Havana and Trinidad in Cuba in 2009.It was a trip off the normal tourist trail around the backstreets of Havana and Trinidad and far from the commercialized and characterless mass tourism resorts.The writer had previously worked behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union, China and Czechoslovakia and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Rory's Cuban Journal
  • This book documents the writer s trip to Havana and Trinidad in Cuba in 2009.It was a trip off the normal tourist trail around the backstreets of Havana and Trinidad and far from the commercialized and characterless mass tourism resorts.The writer had previously worked behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union, China and Czechoslovakia and... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids China | 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. Lonely Planet China is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on... 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
  • 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
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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • 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
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  • 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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