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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
2014
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2014
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United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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
  • 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
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
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing dr 4
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher 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 dish, Peking Duck; wander the ancient alleys known as hutong; and explore the world's largest palace complex... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing dr 4
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher 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 dish, Peking Duck; wander the ancient alleys known as hutong; and explore the world's largest palace complex... 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
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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
2012
  • Xinjiang
  • The enormous area now known as China's Xinjiang Province came to prominence with the rise of the Silk Road two millennia ago. For centuries its nomadic peoples and city-states were subject to both religious and economic influences from India, Greece, Persia and of course China, resulting in a land rich with archaeological and cultural... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • Xinjiang
  • The enormous area now known as China's Xinjiang Province came to prominence with the rise of the Silk Road two millennia ago. For centuries its nomadic peoples and city-states were subject to both religious and economic influences from India, Greece, Persia and of course China, resulting in a land rich with archaeological and cultural... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Xinjiang | Odyssey
  • Een rijk geïllustreerde gids over het noordwestelijke deel van China. Veel nadruk op de geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden, maar ook een hoofdstuk over bijvoorbeeld het nut van paarden in die omgeving of het raadsel van het wandelende meer. A brand-new cultural and historical guide to China's westernmost region that explores both well-traveled... 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Invisible China
  • In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson bring a hitherto unrevealed side of China to light. They journey to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there. They engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Invisible China
  • In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson bring a hitherto unrevealed side of China to light. They journey to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there. They engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s... Read more
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids City Guide Shanghai | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. De Insight Guide is niet alleen een reisgids het is tevens een leuk boek om in weg te dromen en is ook voor thuisblijvers interessante lectuur, geschreven door een team van auteurs, van wie de meesten zelf woonachtig zijn in het land waarover de gids handelt. Uitvoerige... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(7) - East China Sea - July
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... 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
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(3) - South China Sea - March
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(11) - South China Sea - November
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(8) - East China Sea - August
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(4) - South China Sea - April
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(12) - South China Sea - December
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(9) - East China Sea - September
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(5) - South China Sea - May
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(1) - East China Sea - January
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(10) - East China Sea - October
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(6) - South China Sea - June
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(2) - East China Sea - February
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(3) - East China Sea - March
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(11) - East China Sea - November
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • 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
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 Pattar (5550m) en het Everest Basecamp.... Read more
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