China is a great country for adventure travel with richly geographical diversity, from the towering mountains, vast deserts, and wild rivers to remote villages and places, picturesque natural mysteries, and sacred pilgrimage venues. All of these will fully satisfy your curiosity and make your life-long adventure dreams come true. Trekking is becoming more and more popular now in China with many types for you to explore the third largest country in the world. Here we select the top ten hiking destinations for your consideration, and they are starred in order to make adventurers and mountaineers know the index of danger and excitement.
Boasting magnificent natural beauty and many precious cultural relics, Guilin is the top tourist destination for any China tour. Li River in Guilin is honored to be the most beautiful gallery of the world, and its Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to Guilin. The Trekking section is from Yangdi to Xingping, where the Li River passes an endless procession of distinct peaks, bamboo groves and stunning landscape. The part is the highlight of the cruise, and hikers and trekkers can experience the lifestyle of the rural people: pinnacled peaks pop up and surprise you at each end of the river; water buffalos patrol on the field; ducks paddle in the waters; peasants reap paddles in front of village houses; fishermen use the cormorants to catch the fish and return them to the boat and kids go home singing songs. All of these create an idyllic and beautiful scene of the life removed from concrete cities.
A the junction of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau stands one of Yunnan's famous tourist attractions, Tiger Leaping Gorge. The 17 kilometer-long gorge is divided into three segments with an aggregate fall of 210 meters. There are 3 basic routes through the Tiger Leaping Gorge. You can witness an incredibly loud, churning, foaming river relentlessly pounding giant boulders in its path. One is the road that hugs the river. The second is by footpath which runs high above the river. The latter offers better adventure and vistas, but is recommended only to fit, experienced mountain trekkers as it is hazardously narrow and precipitous.
Trekking lovers may look forward to a majestic view of pine trees covering the hillside, set against snow capped mountains and fluffy white clouds and blue sky. Here, Xinjiang Province is your first choice. For unspoiled spot, you must trek the Hanas Lake (or Kanasi Lake), which means "beautiful, rich and mysterious" in Mongolian. The lake is 1,374 high above sea level, and it can be found in the deep forests and mountains of Altai, covering an area of 44.78 square kilometers which is 10 times bigger than Tianchi on Boghda Mountain. It is a typical ice erosion and moraine lake shaped like a new moon, or a long hyacinth bean. The reflections of the tree-covered, snowcapped mountains can be seen inverted on the clear lake water. The color of the lake fluctuates between green, blue and white, depending on the season and weather.
The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was enlisted in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. Choosing some sections of the wonder for hiking, you can experience its grandness and majesty much more really.
Presently, Sichuan is the hot tourist destinations for the travelers; while for the hiking lovers, Daocheng Town and Siguniang Mount are the ones that cannot be missed. The Mt. Siguniangshan Scenic Area is an unspoiled wildness park located in western Sichuan Province, near the town of Rilong in Aba County, about 220 kilometers from Chengdu. The unusual shapes of the mountain peaks are rarely seen anywhere else in the world, and the blue sky, clouds and mist, snow peaks, ancient cypress forests, rushing waterfalls, and alpine meadows make this area a nature lovers dream. Generally, the trekking route is: starting from Rilong, to Changping Village, Yakou, and Bipeng Valley, which may takes about three days.
The county of Daocheng lies near the conjunction areas of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, belong to Sichuan Province. Traditionally, there are two routes to go there –from Kunming, or Chengdu. It covers 7,323 square kilometers and its 30,000 inhabitants are mainly Tibetans people. Economically, the county is a region of partial agriculture and partial animal husbandry. Here, the winding and majestic mountains like billows of the sea alternate with valleys, and the scenes are various and bewitching. The hikers can experience the real remote village life and the geographical wonders. Mt. Haizi (Lake), parallel to Daocheng River and with an altitude of 3600-5000m, is the largest remnants of glaciations on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Mountains, valleys, and cultural relics absolutely bring you with unforgettable memory.
A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy place at the same time that it is the least visited. The supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people, Kailash is seen by no more than a few thousand pilgrims each year. This curious fact is explained by the mountain's remote location in far western Tibet. No planes, trains or buses journey anywhere near the region and even with rugged over-land vehicles the journey still requires weeks of difficult, often dangerous travel. The weather, always cold, can be unexpectedly treacherous and pilgrims must carry all the supplies they will need for the entire journey. So, it is the ideal destination for the adventure lovers. Take a Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek to discover the most sacred mountain in Asia.
As the biggest river in China and the third longest in the World, The Yangtze River cleaved a path and made its way through the mountains to have formed these uniquely beautiful, magnificent, and wonderful gorges – the Three Gorges: Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The Three Gorges have shown the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the Three Gorges are accounting the great changes taking place in the region on the past billion years, and the variegated wracks of lives sleeping deep between the rock layers are narrating the history of millions of years. Trekking some sections of the Three Gorges, you can be overwhelmed by the fierce waves, deep waters, serene sceneries and exquisite mountains.
Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) is the world's highest mountain, rising to 8848 meters above the sea level. Mount Everest looms above the valleys of the Khumbu Region of Nepal. The world's tallest mountain has lured trekkers and mountaineers since Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand beekeeper, made the first ascent in May 1953. Throughout this trek, trekkers are overwhelmed with views of unbelievable peaks, Buddhist monasteries, and friendly Sherpa villages. Perhaps some may even have an overall glance of the Yeti. The local people believe that the Pangboche Monastery actually has in its possession the real scalp of this Himalayan legend. As we proceed slowly to allow for maximum acclimation, we will have plenty of opportunity to visit monasteries and Sherpa homes of this region in the adventurous Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek Tour.
Metok ("Motuo"in Chinese), the only Chinese county with no highway connection to the outside world and inaccessible by modern vehicles, is the last county where the Yarlung Tsangpo River crosses over in China before it flows to India. As the remotest county in the southeast Tibet, Motuo is located on the southern slope of the Himalayas, covering an area of 30,550sqkm; the mysterious place is mainly inhabited by the Menba and Luoba ethnic groups with a population of only about 10,000. It is Tibet's purest and holiest region, and it is hard for you to imagine that one can enjoy the tropical fruits such as bananas and pineapples in the snow-capped mountains, which is really the case in Motuo. Trekkers can enjoy the Motuo State Natural Reserve, gorgeous waterfalls, rivers, and rich flora, which worth your trekking.