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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
2020
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2020
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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
  • Insight Guides Explore Shanghai (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
  • INSIGHT GUIDES EXPLORE SHANGHAI Let us guide you on every step of your travels...Focused travel guides featuring the very best routes and itineraries, now with free eBook.Discover the best of Shanghai with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don`t miss out on must-see, top... Read more
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
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Taiwan
  • <DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Written by an author who has lived in Taiwan for 19 years, Bradt’s brand-new <I>Taiwan</I> explores the island’s breathtaking mountains, bird-rich forests and quaint villages where folk religion thrives. Travellers are discovering there’s much more to Taiwan than... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Taiwan
  • <DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Written by an author who has lived in Taiwan for 19 years, Bradt’s brand-new <I>Taiwan</I> explores the island’s breathtaking mountains, bird-rich forests and quaint villages where folk religion thrives. Travellers are discovering there’s much more to Taiwan than... Read more
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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
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Netherlands
  • 111 Places in Hong Kong That You Shouldn't Miss
  • From zero to hundred in 175 years no other metropolis has as compressed and chequered a history as Hong Kong, with its striking and seamless blend of eastern and western cultures. Famous for its cosmopolitan nightlife, cutting-edge fashion, culinary sophistication, and entertainment, Hong Kong also conceals a trove of lesser-known and... Read more
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Belgium
  • 111 Places in Hong Kong That You Shouldn't Miss
  • From zero to hundred in 175 years no other metropolis has as compressed and chequered a history as Hong Kong, with its striking and seamless blend of eastern and western cultures. Famous for its cosmopolitan nightlife, cutting-edge fashion, culinary sophistication, and entertainment, Hong Kong also conceals a trove of lesser-known and... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • National Geographic Reisgids - China
  • "National Geographic Reisgids China is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land.Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • National Geographic Reisgids - China
  • "National Geographic Reisgids China is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land.Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Following The Sunrise - A Century Of Baptist Missions, 1813-1913
  • FOLLOWING THE SUNRISE A Century of Baptist Missions, 1813-1913 By HELEN BARRETT MONTGOMERY Author of Christus Redemptor M and Western Women in Eastern Lands I am the Light oi the World. He that foiloweth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 41 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, Published in... Read more
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  • Following The Sunrise - A Century Of Baptist Missions, 1813-1913
  • FOLLOWING THE SUNRISE A Century of Baptist Missions, 1813-1913 By HELEN BARRETT MONTGOMERY Author of Christus Redemptor M and Western Women in Eastern Lands I am the Light oi the World. He that foiloweth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 41 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, Published in... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Beijing - Peking | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor veel landen meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! This in-depth coverage of Beijing's local attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding... Read more
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  • Great Sedona Hikes Revised Fourth Edition
  • This is the most up-to-date Sedona hiking guide available. The Sedona hiking trail system is constantly changing. Other Sedona hiking guides books are printed in China which can result in long delays in incorporating changes, we keep Great Sedona Hikes Revised Fourth Edition up-to-date by constantly hiking the trails and updating our book. Our... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Great Sedona Hikes Revised Fourth Edition
  • This is the most up-to-date Sedona hiking guide available. The Sedona hiking trail system is constantly changing. Other Sedona hiking guides books are printed in China which can result in long delays in incorporating changes, we keep Great Sedona Hikes Revised Fourth Edition up-to-date by constantly hiking the trails and updating our book. Our... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lost on Planet China
  • The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China-a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained. Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote... Read more
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  • Lost on Planet China
  • The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China-a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained. Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote... Read more
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Netherlands
  • An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing
  • Lee Foster has published a new book about the independent publishing process, titled An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books "independently" published or "indie?" Why does he now recommend this path... Read more
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  • An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing
  • Lee Foster has published a new book about the independent publishing process, titled An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books "independently" published or "indie?" Why does he now recommend this path... 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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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
  • National Geographic reisgidsen - National Geographic reisgids China
  • National Geographic Reisgids China is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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  • National Geographic reisgidsen - National Geographic reisgids China
  • National Geographic Reisgids China is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... 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
  • 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
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Walking holidays

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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 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 Pattar (5550m) en het Everest Basecamp.... Read more
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  • Kirgizië - Tian Shan
  • Kirgizië, een land van tradities, eeuwenoude sporten, gastvrijheid en (semi-)nomaden. Een land ingesloten tussen China, Kazachstan, Oezbekistan en Tadzjikistan. Een land met het immense Tian Shan hooggebergte en het grote Yssyk Kul meer waar langs appel- en abrikozenbomen goed gedijen. Dit land leer je het beste te voet kennen. Met twee totaal... Read more
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