China is a huge, vast land with a great variety of awesome landscapes and a unique ancient culture, and although hiking is hardly on the radar of most visitors, this fascinating country offers amazing trekking possibilities. From the spectacular and magical routes in Tibet and a hike through the amazing Tiger Leaping Gorge, to the granite peaks of Huangshan, the Yangtze River’s breathtaking Three Gorges, or just an easy walking tour in a rural area, China offers a variety of hiking routes suitable for everyone.
There are few places in the world as fascinating and overwhelming as China. It is the most populated country on Earth, boasting one of the oldest and richest civilisations. As one of the world’s most geographically varied and largest countries in the world, China offers wonderful hiking opportunities. The Tiger Leaping Gorge, in Yunnan, is one of the best hikes, not for the faint-hearted! The beautiful landscapes of the Li-River region and the mist-enshrouded granite peaks of Huangshan are another great trekking option, or a cruise through the Yangtze River’s breathtaking Three Gorges. The Yading Nature Reserve, takes you on a Tibetan pilgrimage route around spectacular peaks. These are just a few great treks, but the options are endless!
There is no shortage of options in this magic land for outdoor enthusiasts, from the deserts of Mongolia to the spectacular lakes or impressive mountains of Tibet, the beautiful green rice fields or magic forests of bamboo. If you have enough time, don’t miss out on a visit to some of the the main tourist highlights: the spectacular Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City and the Yangzi gorges.
China is a vast, huge country, therefore it has a great variety of climates. In general, summers are very hot and winters are very cold, with extreme temperatures prevalent. Specially in the north, , in the mountains and the plateaus, winter is freezing cold, while it's mild in the south. Summer is hot everywhere, except in the highlands and in the high mountains. Summer is the rainiest season.
Shangai, Beijing and Hong Kong are China’s main interational air gateways.
April through October is the best time for a trekking in China, but conditions vary greatly from place to place. Spring and autumn have the most tourism-friendly weather. If you are planning a trekking trip in Tibet, the best time is from May to October.
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