Top 10 China Hiking Tours To Discover China’s Majestic Landscapes

China is world-renowned for its spectacular natural beauty at every turn. Located in eastern Asia, it covers an expansive 9.6 million square kilometers. China’s stunning landscapes vary significantly across its length and breadth. From plains and grasslands in the east and north, to hills and low mountain ranges in the southern part of the country. To the west, are soaring mountain ranges, and high plateaus dominate the northern regions. Here are the top 10 China hiking tours to discover China’s majestic landscapes.

2-Day Spectacular Hiking Tour of Rice Terraces from Guilin

Located in the northeastern portion of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is world-famous for its magical karst landscapes. The area is dotted with natural limestone peaks that create the most incredible formations. Another attraction that this destination is renowned for is its rice terraces. On this hiking tour, you will have the chance to explore some of the most phenomenal landscapes in China, if not the world. Situated in beautiful Longsheng County about 100 km from Guilin, is Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces and Jinkeng Rice Terraces. This awe-inspiring landscape is a testament to the power of human ingenuity, and an experience that cannot be missed.

2-Day Extraordinary Hui-Hang Ancient Path Hiking Tour

Located at the border of Anhui and Zhejiang province in beautiful eastern China is Hui-Hang Ancient Path. This is one of the most famous ancient roadways next to the Silk Road and the Tea-horse Ancient Road. On this hiking tour, you will get to discover beautiful natural scenery and landscapes. In addition to enjoying the fun of hiking and exploring the stunning natural beauty, you also get the chance to discover the lifestyle of the wonderful local people.

One-Day Incredible Hiking in Hangzhou Tour

Hangzhou is world-renowned for its magnificent natural beauty at every turn. On this hiking tour, in addition to discovering numerous historical sites throughout the city, you will also enjoy panoramic vistas of the entire area. This tour offers a feast for the senses.

5-Day Sensational Hiking in the Mountains of Yunnan Tour

Exploring the province of Yunnan is an experience that lasts a lifetime. Famous for its truly impressive natural landscapes, Yunnan is also renowned for the numerous ethnic groups that reside within its borders. On this hiking tour, you have the opportunity to discover the fascinating landscapes on interesting and sometimes challenging hiking routes. In addition, you have the chance to experience the distinct traditional culture of the ethnic peoples who reside in the region, delicious local cuisine, and the comfortable climate.

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Legendary Tour of Mount Huashan From Xian

Located about 120 km from the capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an is Mount Huashan. This spectacular mountain range consists of five peaks and has tremendous religious importance for Taoism. In ancient times, many emperors from various dynasties participated in Taoist activities on Mount Huashan. The mountain is considered one of the holiest places in Taoism. Mount Huashan is world-famous for its beautiful, lush scenery, and craggy peaks. This tour gives you the chance to conquer one of the most famous hiking areas in all of China in a day.

One-Day Tour of the Badaling Great Wall

No single attraction symbolizes China better than the Great Wall of China. Snaking its way across 13,171 miles of the country, this stunning example of human ingenuity showcases the myriad majestic landscapes of China. Although some portions of the Great Wall have fallen into disrepair over the centuries, the section known as the Badaling Great Wall is the most famous. This private tour gives you the opportunity to hike along one of the most well-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Located just 50 miles (80 km) from Beijing, the Badaling Great Wall offers incredible panoramic views of the exquisite surrounding landscapes.

8-Day Tour of Tibet: Visit Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Mount Everest

Located I the southwestern portion of China, Tibet is regarded as the “roof of the world”. Known as Tibet Autonomous Region, this utterly magnificent place has some of the holiest sites in Buddhism. The region is overwhelmingly comprised of mountain ranges over 4,000 meters above sea level and offers extraordinary landscapes at every turn. This fascinating tour of Tibet not only gives you the chance to experience the splendid Tibetan culture and people, but also to hike in some of the highest, and exquisite landscapes on Earth, including Mount Everest Base Camp. Suffice it to say, this will be an experience of a lifetime.

11-Day Tour of Shanghai, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Xi’an, and Beijing

China is world-renowned for its majestic landscapes, and this spectacular private tour lets you hike some of the most fantastical landscapes the country has to offer. Amongst other fascinating activities on this tour, you will have the chance to explore the ethereal landscapes of Sichuan province in Jiuzhaigou National Park and Huanglong National Park. This region is known for its stunning turquoise pools formed by calcite deposits, snow-capped peaks, and diverse forest ecosystem which is home to several endangered species found nowhere else on the planet. In 1992, UNESCO deemed both areas a World Heritage Site, and a World Biosphere reserve in 1997.

10-Day Classic China Tour: Visit Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai

This wonderful China tour offers some of the greatest and most popular attractions. In addition, you have the opportunity to discover China’s most majestic karst landscapes located in Guilin. During the tour, you will hike through the fascinating Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Both attractions are extraordinary examples of the unique karst landscapes that can be found in the region.

One-Day Great Wall Hiking Tour

It goes without saying that the Great Wall is an iconic symbol of China. Although only a day long, this Great Wall hiking tour is epic, to say the least. On this tour, you get the chance to hike across some of the most breathtaking sections of the Great Wall of China – the section from Jiankou to Mutianyu. This amazing hiking route can be strenuous but provides unparalleled views of the majestic surrounding landscapes. This is a popular hiking route for those who want to experience something a bit off-the-beaten-path, as it is more remote and less frequented by tourists. It is an experience that will last a lifetime.

Recommended Hiking Tours

2-Day Spectacular Hiking Tour of Rice Terraces from Guilin

Explore the magnificent Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces and Jinkeng Rice Terraces in Longsheng.

Legendary Tour of Mount Huashan From Xian

Marvel at the amazing landscapes of Mt. Huashan on this hiking tour.

1 Day Private Tour of Badaling Great Wall

Hike along the Badaling section of the Great Wall, and enjoy the incredible beauty of the surrounding landscape.

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