Best city walk trails in China

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Explore the most popular city walk trails in China with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Top trails (27)
#1 - Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Tour
Dongcheng, Beijing, China
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 56 m
Half-day walking tour includes highlights of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. If walls could talk, visitors to the Forbidden City would hear tales of opulence beyond their wildest dream, from daily 100-course meals to harems of 9,000 concubines. Officially titled the Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City earned its common name from the fact that ordinary citizens weren't allowed to approach the complex during the 500 years of its use. After visiting the palace, get a different impression of China's rulers in the adjacent Tiananmen Square, where you can pay a visit to Mao Zedong himself. While some tourists choose to spend several days exploring the Forbidden City, those with limited time can see plenty with this half-day walk. The walk includes several main structures of the Forbidden City as well as the highlights of Tiananmen Square.Show more
#2 - Minhang Sports Park Loop
Minhang Sports Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
The trail network around Jinxui Lake is located in the Wetland Ecological Area of Minhang Sports Park in Shanghai. There is a wetland ecological garden around the lake, formed by wetland plants and aquatic plants. In the garden, there is a network of paths meandering through trees, lawns, across streams, and along Jinxui Lake. There are wooden paths and trestles that float on the lake, and provide close views of the verdant water flowers. There are viewing decks and benches throughout the park. This nature area is part of Minhang Sports Park development area in Minhang District of Shanghai. The network of trails leads though lush forests, meadows, and along a lakeside, where stunning water plants form beautiful gardens. Show more
#3 - West Lake Loop
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h
An easy walk alongside water and greenery. Public transportation (buses) are available along the perimeter of the lake (not on causeways) if you don't want to walk the entire loop. Some portions of the walkway are narrow and crowded.Show more
#4 - Xi'an City Wall
Xi'an Shi, Shaanxi, China
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
#5 - Three Confucius Sites of Qufu
Jining, Shandong, China
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
This walk around the quaint old town of Qufu takes in the 'Three Sites' of Confucius' hometown: the sage's ancestral temple, family home, and tomb. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the most revered location in Confucianism, and has a history of over 78 generations of the Kong family. Show more
#6 - Songjiang District Central Park Loop
Songjiang District Central Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h
Songjiang is a district of Shanghai. It is divided in two by the Huhang expressway. The northern part is the new town, Songjiang Xincheng. It is easily accessible, being at the end of Metro line 9. The southern part near the river is the old town, where all the historic sights are. The city is located around 30km to the south-west of central Shanghai and is connected to downtown areas by buses and metro line 9. The new metro line 22, also known as the Jinshan Railway, has several stops in Songjiang, but express trains bypass some of them. Songjiang District Central Park is a newly renovated area of Songjiang, and includes a large peaceful area surrounded by green grass, trees, and lakes. It is an excellent place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the more crowded areas of Shanghai. Show more
#7 - Tuan Jie Hu Park Loop
Tuanjiahu
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 35 m
Great park for walking after lunch. During the winter, the lake freezes so kids can play on it. There is also a small amusement park.Show more
#8 - Shanghai Old Town
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 38 m
Tour of the old part of Shanghai. Great for general tourists and photographers. Ample opportunity for souvenir shopping. This tour takes you to the heart of old Shanghai. On the way it provides good opportunities to stock up on souvenirs, whilst getting a glimpse of traditional life. You will also get to sample some local Shanghainese style food. Yes some of the areas are touristy and crowded but those hordes are here for a reason. The Yuyuan Gardens are well worth the admission. Duck down a side lane, though, and you come face to face with people living their everyday lives. This is as traditional and old as Shanghai gets these days and makes a good contrast to the modern in your face new Shanghai. How long you take largely depends on how long you spend at each stop but even at a fairly brisk pace you will need 4 hours. Linger for shopping, food or photos and the time will soon add up.Show more
#9 - Beijing City Walk
Beihai Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
A city walk through Beijing's historic city centre, taking in all the top sights: Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, and the Forbidden City - with parks, gardens, palaces and hutongs along the way.Show more
#10 - Zhou Enlai and Sun Yat-Sen
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
An off-the-beaten-path trip that visits some unique historical site (Zhou Enlai/Sun Yat-Sen former residence). In this thriving metropolis with millions of cars down the road, it is a blessing that Shanghai enjoys a huge number of avid walkers. Usually the roads in this area are very shady and don't have much traffic,however please bear in mind that in China, normally vehicles have the right of way so when walking so be alert and give way.Show more
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