Best forest trails in China

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Explore the most popular forest 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.
Map of forest trails in China
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#1 - Mount Hua
Huashan Scenic Area
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 9 h 24 m
HuaShan (华山) is one of the most famous mountain in China. Huashan has gondolas to the North peak and many people choose to ride the Gondola. So the trail from starting point YuQuanYuan (玉泉院) to North peak is pretty empty. The trail is a typical Chinese fashion with well built steps, and some light poles, indicating that it is possible to hike at night without flash light. The first few miles are gradual accent until the point of Thousand Foot Narrow (千尺幢), Then the trail becomes narrow and steep, almost all the way to the North Peak. There are a number of attractions on the peaks, some appear very dangerous requiring ropes for protection. You have the option to skip these attractions. Show more
#2 - Mount Hua and Plank Walk
Huashan Scenic Area
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
This route starts at the base of the mountain which you can get to by bus and gondola. Much of the trail had been cut out of the rock, especially the thousands of steps. Many of the steps are only about 4 to 6 inches deep and there are chains lining the whole trail up the mountain. As you get to the "golden lock pass" you notice many locks locked to the chains. The locks are typically brought by couples and placed on the mountain to bring a long lasting love to their relationship. Then you see the plank walk which is secured by harnesses and cables. At the end of the plank walk is an old Buddhist temple.Show more
#3 - Tiger Leaping Gorge Trail
Tiger Leaping Gorge
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 11 h 5 m
#4 - Mount Tai
Tai'an, Shandong, China
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 5 h 12 m
Mount Tai (Taishan or 泰山) is one of China's most sacred Daoist mountain and the centre of the cult of the Emperor for thousands of years. Show more
#5 - The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall Mutianyu
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
Go early in the morning, so there are less people. The hike is outstanding however be aware of the steep stairs.Show more
#6 - Virgin Forest
Jiuzhai Valley National Park
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Length: 11.0 mi • Est. 6 h 37 m
This route begins at the tourist center. Bus tours are also provided by the park for an additional fee. The route to Virgin Forest passes through many attractions (lakes and ponds.) Peak Season: April to November Off Peak: November to March Fees for the park: Adult: Peak - 220 RMB Off Peak – 80 RMB Over 70 year old:Free Student (school or undergraduate)*and Handicapped Peak – 110 RMB Off Peak – 40 RMBShow more
#7 - Mount Hua North Peak via Plank Walk
Huashan Scenic Area
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
#8 - Wutong Mountain from Wutong Village
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
#9 - Jiankou to Mutianyu
Great Wall Mutianyu
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
#10 - 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
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