The Best Outdoor Activities in China

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Capture the Sunset from Mt. Laozhai (老寨山)

China / Xingping, China

Mt. Laozhai is an approximately 220m karst peak in the village of Xingping. It overlooks a dramatic bend in the Li River, showing off some of Guilin Province’s most classic landscapes.

Kyle Obermann
55 Saves

Jinshanling Great Wall Hike (金山岭)

China / Jinshanling Great Wall

Constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1368 CE, the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall is famous for its many watchtowers and stunning vistas as the rest of the wall stretches out to the east and .

Kyle Obermann
35 Saves

Hike the Great Wall of China's Mutianyu Section

China / Mutianyu Great Wall

The 2nd most visited section of the Great Wall of China, Mutianyu is a beautifully restored and a relatively accessible spot of the wall.

Michael Gabbert
35 Saves

Explore the Li River with Cormorant Fishermen

China / Xingping, China

The Li River has a long history of Cormorant Fishing. Set amongst Karst Mountains, the city of XingPing (39 miles from Guilin & 15.

Michael Gabbert
32 Saves

Explore the Forbidden City

China / Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City is the incredible palace of the Ming Dynasty. It housed the Chinese government for almost 500 years and is located in the middle of Beijing.

Lucas Pols
31 Saves

Climb Mount Gonga, Sichuan Mountains (蜀山之王): Minya Konka West Route

China / Mt. Minya Konka

Mount Gonga is located on the western side of Sichuan Province, approximately 330km from Chengdu.

Kyle Obermann
29 Saves

Hike the Great Wall of China's Jiankou Section

China / Xizhazi Village

The Jiankou section of the wall is known as the ‘Wild’ section due to its complete lack of restoration since its construction in the 1300s. This fact alone makes this area of the wall fascinating.

Michael Gabbert
28 Saves

Hike the Longji Rice Terraces

China / Ping'an

The terraced fields of Longji offer some of the most spectacular scenery in China. Located 62 miles north of Guilin, the terraces take about 2.5 hrs to get to by car from the Guilin airport.

Michael Gabbert
27 Saves

Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

China / Qiaotou

About 100km and a 1.5 hour ride from the city of Lijiang in Yunnan Province, the Tiger Leaping Gorge cuts between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain.

Kyle Obermann
24 Saves

Camp on Lijiang's (丽江) Nob Hill

China / Nob Hill

The town of Lijiang is one of the best hiking and cultural hubs for Yunnan province. It's an awesome place for exploration and relaxation for both the first-timer in China and the China-hand.

Kyle Obermann
23 Saves

Hike to Cuipingshan Hill Peak (Yangshuo, China)

China / Yangshuo

A secret spot of Chinese photographers for years, Cuipingshan Hill within Yangshuo, China is a view unrivaled by many others in the world.

Michael Gabbert
19 Saves

Camp on the Great Wall's Gubeikou Section

China / Gubeikou Great Wall

An experience unlike any other in the world, camping on the Great Wall of China is a truly once in a lifetime adventure.

Michael Gabbert
19 Saves

Climb Mt. Xiaowutai (小五台山): Hebei Province's Highest Peak

China / Mt. Xiaowutai

This trip makes a great extended weekend getaway from Beijing. Mt. Xiawutai lies in the neighboring province of Hebei and is Hebei's highest peak at 2882m.

Kyle Obermann
18 Saves

Hike Luosishan (Fairy Maiden Peak)

China / Xingping, China

For a landscape with panoramic dramatic views, there might be none better than that of the Fairy Maiden Peak. The launching point for this hike will be out of the town of Xingping.

Michael Gabbert
18 Saves

Hike the Jade Dragon Glacial Trough

China / Jade Dragon Glacial Trough

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one of the most famous mountains in China’s Yunnan province. It’s China’s southernmost glaciated peak and stands at the southeastern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

Kyle Obermann
17 Saves

Raft down the Li River

China / Yangdi

This adventure starts in the village of Yangdi. Located 45 miles from Guilin, the closest metropolitan city, Yangdi sits at the base of karsts on the west side of the Li River.

Michael Gabbert
17 Saves

Camp on Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山): Huangtupo Camp

China / Haba Village

From Lijiang or the end of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Tina’s Guesthouse) take a bus, small public van, or hire a driver to take you to Haba village.

Kyle Obermann
11 Saves

Climb Ox Heart Mountain

China / Qilian Town

From Xining, Qinghai Province's main airport and city, take the bus 6~ hours to Qilian Town (祁连县). The bus ticket is 58RMB and the first one leaves at 8:15am everyday.

Kyle Obermann
5 Saves

Hike to Yading's Milk and Five Color Lake (牛奶海 - 五色海)

China / Chonggu Monastery

Start from Chongu Monastery and go to Luorong Pasture. To get here you can either walk 6km on the boarded pathways or take a ~20minute electric cart for 80RMB round trip or 50RMB one way.

Kyle Obermann
5 Saves

Hike the Zhuqing Monastery (竹庆寺) Emerald Lakes

China / Zhuqing Monastery

The route starts directly behind the Zhuqing Monastery college (3948m). There is a path leading up the ridge behind the college towards the right above the monastery.

Kyle Obermann
5 Saves

Backpack Kawariluo (卡瓦洛日神山) Holy Mountain Pass

China / Gengda Village

The route starts right off HWY 317 on the opposite side of the river at Gengda Village (更达村), elv. 3450m.

Kyle Obermann
4 Saves

Hike from Princess Wencheng Temple to Yushu

China / Princess Wencheng Temple

Take a taxi one way from Yushu (玉树) to Princess Wencheng Temple (文成公主寺). Should be around 30-40RMB and something like 12km. Once you get to the temple, take a look around.

Kyle Obermann
2 Saves

Summit Four Girls Mountain Second Peak (四姑娘山二峰)

China / Shan Yue Ri Zhuang Bridge

The route is most easiest found from the front of the hostel 日月山庄 (Ri Yue Shan Zhuang – 3254m, phone no. of manager: 18384253062 (he speaks OK English)).

Kyle Obermann
2 Saves

Camp at the EBC Tent Village

China / Everest Base Camp Village, Tibet

This is the recommended place to sleep when visiting Mount Everest from the North. There are many Yak wool tents, each has a unique name outside the entrance. It's very interesting to see.

John Maurizi
1 Saves

Explore Pelkor Chode Monastery

China / Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse

Pelkor Chode is the largest and main monastery in Gyantse.

John Maurizi
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Hike Yumbulagang Monastery

China / Yumbulagang Monastery, Tsedang

When you first see Yumbulagang from a distance, it is quite an impressive sight. Perched atop a craggy hill makes the main tower here seem much larger than it is.

John Maurizi
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Visit Everest Base Camp, Tibet

China / Everest Base Camp - Tibet

Surprise! You are now at what the Chinese call Everest Base Camp.

John Maurizi
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Walk the Tashilhunpo Kora

China / Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery is the second most holy monastery in Tibet and home to the Panchen Lama (second seat to the Dalai Lama).

John Maurizi
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Explore Rongbuk Monastery at the Base of Mt. Everest

China / Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet

Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world. It has quite a beautiful backdrop featuring Mount Everest. I did not have time to go inside.

John Maurizi
1 Saves