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China's 6 Top Trails


A growing group of adventure seekers is seeking out China’s natural charms—and finding an incredible variety of top-tier rambles. Here, our six top trails, from day hikes to epic treks. By CRAIG SIMONS

Published on Mar 16, 2012

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One of China’s most important Taoist mountains, Mount Tai offers a head-on collision with China’s burgeoning outdoor culture. The 1,545-meter peak in China’s eastern Shandong province boasts a veritable who’s who of past visitors, including Confucius, several emperors and Mao Zedong. A 15-kilometer roundtrip from the base passes a dozen temples and provides a calf-muscle workout up 6,660 steps. After you catch your breath on top, check into one of several hotels and get up with the crowds to watch the sunrise; best of the bunch is the three-star Shen Qi Hotel (10 Tian St., Tai’an; +86 538 822 3866) at the mountain’s summit, which has a good restaurant, clean rooms and negotiable rates if you call in advance. Like China’s other holy peaks—Yellow, Hua and Emei mountains among them—the trail is crowded. But descend its backside for beautiful, less-traveled routes. T+L Tip The trailhead, at Hongmen Gong (Red Gate Palace) in Tai’an Town, is easily accessible from Beijing by train. The fastest is the D29, which leaves Beijing’s South Station every day at 7:47 a.m. and arrives in Tai’an before noon.

For one of China’s most relaxed hikes, visit Lashi Hai, a lake in China’s southwestern Yunnan province that’s home to more than 70 species of migratory birds including hooded cranes, black storks and whooper swans. Winter is the best time to see birds, and visitors can add a few days in nearby Lijiang, a storybook town of cobblestone lanes, quaint restaurants and twisting canals. T+L Tip XinTuo Ecotourism (+86 888 510 6226; offers hikes and tours ranging from short excursions to weeklong trips, or take a 35-minute taxi ride from Lijiang and explore the lake on your own.

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