China is a beautiful country, with plenty of things to experience. If you’re an adventurous traveller and love spending time outdoors, going on a trek is one of the best ways to explore this magnificent country. Here are six of the best places to trek in China.
Zhangjiajie is a city situated in the Hunan province of China. There’s an area called Wulingyuan Scenic Area that’s filled with stunning caves, forests, waterfalls, rivers and thousands of towering quartzite sandstone columns. The area is also home to many endangered animal and plant species and it’s a fabulous place to trek.
GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Construction of the Great Wall of China began more than 2,000 years ago and it’s still considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world. There are several places to hike, where you can see and climb towers, gaze into picturesque valleys and inspect areas of the wall containing antique bricks. Many of these areas can be reached on a day trip from Beijing, or you can stay overnight nearby.
TIGER LEAPING GORGE
The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek is near Lijiang in the province of Yunnan. The trek traverses diverse landscapes, where you can see forests, sleepy villages, snow-covered mountains, clear rivers and brilliant green farmland. The trail runs along the northern side of the gorge and is divided into three parts. It can be dangerous, so you should consider going with a guide.
LI RIVER, GUILIN
The Li River is beautiful, and the trek that takes you from Yangdi to Xingping is absolutely gorgeous. The trail is about 10 km long and you can hike it by yourself, join a guided tour, or hire your own local guide.
Siguniang Mountain translates to Four Sisters Mountain and is located in Sichuan Province. Start your trek in Rilong where you can experience the thrill of seeing the giant pandas at Wolong Panda Research Centre. You can go on six- or nine-day treks, either as part of a guided tour or with your own personal guide. You need to have permits to trek in Tibet.
Gangrenboqi Mountain is situated in the west of the Tibet Autonomous Region and has an altitude of 6,638 meters. It looks like a pyramid and has been considered a holy place for centuries. Every year, many people make an annual pilgrimage to the site. The area is also popular with walking enthusiasts from all over the world and provides a wonderful trekking experience filled with wondrous sights.
It’s a good idea to do a bit of training before you leave so you can complete these treks without injury. Make sure you have all the documentation you require before you set off on your adventure as China can be quite strict with visas and other documentation. Thanks to Izzy from SkyParkSecure for this great insight on travel in China. For more information, please visit www.skyparksecure.com.