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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wildlife Wonders of China
  • China is a country rich in bio-diversity that boasts gorgeous natural landscapes and wildlife, many unique to its land. Award winning nature photographer Xi Zhinong spent 30 years taking photos along rivers and across mountains, capturing the animals and natural wonders of China. Through his lens, a Yunnan snub-nosed monkey can be seen jumping... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wildlife Wonders of China
  • China is a country rich in bio-diversity that boasts gorgeous natural landscapes and wildlife, many unique to its land. Award winning nature photographer Xi Zhinong spent 30 years taking photos along rivers and across mountains, capturing the animals and natural wonders of China. Through his lens, a Yunnan snub-nosed monkey can be seen jumping... Read more
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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Beijing & Shanghai
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing and Shanghai is your in-depth guide to the very best of these two metropolitan cities.Take in the major sights, from the breathtaking Great Wall of China to the imperial splendor of the Forbidden City; go on a canal cruise for your chance to contrast the old and new sides of Shanghai; or simply wander the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Beijing & Shanghai
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing and Shanghai is your in-depth guide to the very best of these two metropolitan cities.Take in the major sights, from the breathtaking Great Wall of China to the imperial splendor of the Forbidden City; go on a canal cruise for your chance to contrast the old and new sides of Shanghai; or simply wander the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Yan Wang Preston
  • My friend, the tree: a photographic exploration in China, with sometimes harrowing results. In 2013, during a long-term photography project along the Yangtze river, Yan Wang Preston made an incisive observation: In the small village of Xialiu stood an over three-hundred-year-old tree in all of its glory, right in the center of a community that... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Yan Wang Preston
  • My friend, the tree: a photographic exploration in China, with sometimes harrowing results. In 2013, during a long-term photography project along the Yangtze river, Yan Wang Preston made an incisive observation: In the small village of Xialiu stood an over three-hundred-year-old tree in all of its glory, right in the center of a community that... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Capitool Reisgidsen Top 10 - Hong Kong
  • Capitool Top 10 Hong Kong- Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels- Met de uitneembare kaart vind je gemakkelijk de weg- De schitterende foto's brengen Hong Kong tot leven- Compact formaat, ideaal om mee te nemen- Diverse wandelroutes leiden je langs alle hoogtepunten van de stad Top 10... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Capitool Reisgidsen Top 10 - Hong Kong
  • Capitool Top 10 Hong Kong- Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels- Met de uitneembare kaart vind je gemakkelijk de weg- De schitterende foto's brengen Hong Kong tot leven- Compact formaat, ideaal om mee te nemen- Diverse wandelroutes leiden je langs alle hoogtepunten van de stad Top 10... 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
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Lost Camels Of Tartary
  • This narrative reveals the author's experiences on three expeditions to the Mongolian and Chinese Gobi Deserts, in search of the mysterious wild Bactrian camel. They include a 30-day walk in the Kum Tagh sand dunes and his experience as the first foreigner to cross the Gashun Gobi from north to south. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Lost Camels Of Tartary
  • This narrative reveals the author's experiences on three expeditions to the Mongolian and Chinese Gobi Deserts, in search of the mysterious wild Bactrian camel. They include a 30-day walk in the Kum Tagh sand dunes and his experience as the first foreigner to cross the Gashun Gobi from north to south. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • China
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, fotos van... Read more
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Belgium
  • China
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, fotos van... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Im Schatten der Seidenstraße (DuMont Reiseabenteuer)
  • Die älteste und berühmteste aller historischen Handelsrouten, die über 11.000 Kilometer von China bis zum Mittelmeer führt, leitete im Mittelalter eine Art Globalisierung ein. Denn auf dem Weg wurden nicht nur Waren transportiert, er bewirkte auch für den kulturellen Austausch zwischen Europa und Asien. In Bussen, Zügen, klapprigen Taxis und... Read more
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Netherlands
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Belgium
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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
  • A Learning Curve
  • Do you enjoy reading about myths and legends, ancient cities, Asian culture and cuisine? A Learning Curve takes readers on an interesting series of adventures through Southeast Asia. With a carefully selected amalgam of different stories from the author's own amusing expeditions to tales of ancient history, famous travellers, and legends that... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Learning Curve
  • Do you enjoy reading about myths and legends, ancient cities, Asian culture and cuisine? A Learning Curve takes readers on an interesting series of adventures through Southeast Asia. With a carefully selected amalgam of different stories from the author's own amusing expeditions to tales of ancient history, famous travellers, and legends that... Read more
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Maps

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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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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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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
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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