China is diverse and beautiful. Hiking one of its most gorgeous areas can be a great way to enjoy its beauty closely and at the same time to get in touch with nature. Along the way, you are going to see various amazing plants, wildlife, beaches, deserts, grasslands, forests, rivers and moutains. China has all that you can think about. Here we list 4 of its best hiking routes so you can take in the must-see views from a different way.
1. The Great Wall
The Great Wall is one of the symbols of China and also one of the greatest sights in the world. Being the longest wall in the world, it winds over rugged country and steep mountains. It’s impossible to hike the whole wall but hiking some parts of it can also be fulfilling and wonderful. The most popular sections are Mutianyu to Jinshaling, Jinshaling to Simatai, and Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Normally one day is enough for a nice hiking on one section of the wall.
2. Li River and Yangshuo Countryside
Guilin, known to Chinese as the city with the best scenery, boasts fantastic natural landscapes consisting of unique karst mountains peaks, meandering Li River and lush bamboo groves. It’s getting more and more popular among international travelers in recent years. Li River, which makes Guilin famous, is certainly worth more of your time. The section from Yangdi to Xingping along the Li River offers the most stunning scenery, suitable for a one-day wonderfully refreshing and relaxing hike. Local people live a leisurely life in the countryside of Yangshuo and some here are members of the Zhuang ethnic minority. As you hike, there will be many picture taking opportunities.
3. Yellow Mountain
The Yellow Mountain is renowned for its peculiar pines, oddly-shaped rocks, ever-changing sea of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs. Its marvelous scenery earns it world-wide fame. Hiking on the mountain requires much strength but it is well worth the effort. Some hike there for 2 days, but some can stay longer, say 4 days or more. Its nearby ancient villages such as Tunxi and Hongcun have also become popular as hiking destinations.
4. Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge in Lijiang of Yunnan province is better known to the international travlers as the hiking resort rather than Chinese at first. The gorge is one of the deepest canyons in the world. The scenery here is spectacular with precipitous landforms. Hiking here can be a bit stenuous at the start near the entrance to the gorge at Tiger Leaping Gorge Town but not dangerous. It takes at least 2 days to hike the part as most travelers do.