Best paved trails in China

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Explore the most popular paved 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 paved trails in China
Top trails (46)
#1 - 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
#2 - The Great Wall at Badaling
Badaling National Forest Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
A round trip from Beijing to the most popular section of the Great Wall The Great Wall at Badaling is the most popular tourist section of this landmark since it has been recently restored and is reasonably close to Beijing (around 60 kilometers/85 miles to the northwest). It was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and first opened to tourists in 1957. More than 150 million people have visited Badaling since its restoration. It takes around an hour on the bus to get there, so you can reasonably do this tour in half a day (depending on where in Beijing you start from and how long you plan to spend at the Wall). The bus costs 12RMB one way for an adult; there are discounts for children. Buy your ticket as you get on the bus. The 919 buses, which serve Badaling, are all lime green. Entrance to the Great Wall costs 45RMB for an adult with half-price discounts for children; children shorter than under 1.2 meters (3 feet 11 inches) enter free. The cable car costs 60RMB one way for an adult (80RMB return), 30RMB for children. Again, children shorter than 1.2m are free.Show more
#3 - 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
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Xi'an City Wall
Xi'an Shi, Shaanxi, China
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
#7 - 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
#8 - Shenzhen Bay
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#9 - Meilin to Xili via Green Way Walk
Tang Lang Hill Country Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
梅林到西丽绿道徒步 The greenway is an ambitious project started by the Guangdong province. The goal was to construct a greenway trail that only allows biking and walking. This trail connects some major cities in Guangdong. The road is paved and well maintained. You can enjoy activities such as biking and walking. This section follows the fence that once used to separate Shenzhen special economic zone from the rest of the world. In the 1980s, people enter Shenzhen needs special permits. Military guards frequently patrol the high fences. The road for the patrol is now part of the greenway.Show more
#10 - Guixi Eco Park Loop
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 43 m
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