Best views trails in China

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Explore the most popular views 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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#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 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
#6 - 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
#7 - 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
#8 - Five Color Lake from Luorong Pasture
Yading Nature Reserve
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Come see the beautiful Five Color Lake (Wuse Hai) and Milk Lake (Niunai Hai) in between snow-capped peaks of Xiannairi (6032m) and Yangmaiyong (5958m). The track is in Yading Nature Reserve of Sichuan province.Show more
#9 - 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
#10 - Mount Hua North Peak via Plank Walk
Huashan Scenic Area
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
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