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The Asian giant
The "Middle Kingdom" in East Asia covers a quarter of the Asian continent and is the fourth largest state in the world in terms of area after Russia, Canada and the USA. The approximately 1.38 billion inhabitants of the People's Republic make China the most populous state in the world.
China is generally a country of extremes: Mount Everest in the Himalayas is the highest mountain in the world at 8848 m, Lake Qinghai is the largest lake in the world with an area of around 4500 square metres, Tokyo is considered the largest metropolis in the world with around 9.5 million inhabitants and the Great Wall of China is considered the largest structure in the world with a length of 8851.8 km.
China's diverse outdoor opportunities
From high alpine to tropical to desert and continental - China's climate zones offer space for all kinds of activities. Beautiful hikes lead along the Lijiang River from Yangdi Kai in Yangshuo to Xingping County or Tiger Gorge in Yunnan Province. Cycling tours through Tibet or skiing, as in Jilin province, are also popular excursion destinations.
The ascent of the peak Siguniang (Four Girls Mountain) at 6250 m should be supervised by professional mountain guides and takes about three days. Climbing the eight-thousanders is only something for extreme climbers and absolute professionals!
The Chinese Eight Thousanders
There are fourteen mountains in the world that are over eight thousand metres high and nine of these mighty mountains alone lie - at least partially - on Chinese territory. The most prominent and highest eight-thousander is Mount Everest. The mountain in the Himalayas measures a stately 8848 metres.
The Austrian extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner, however, did not call Everest the "mountain of mountains", but the 8611 m high K2 of the Karakorum. Among mountaineers, it is considered the most demanding of all eight-thousanders.
The World Heritage of China
Whoever dreams of China thinks of Chinese food, Buddhism, traditional clothing, karate, Asian architecture, large metropolises and - the Great Wall of China. It is considered the largest structure in history and is both a landmark and a tourist magnet of the People's Republic.
In total, UNESCO has recognised over 50 Chinese sites as World Heritage Sites, including the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang, the so-called Forbidden City.