Walking Holidays in China

China, or officially the People's Republic of China, is the worlds most populous country with a population of more than 1.35 billion people and the second largest country by land area. China is a single-party state governed by the Communist party and the capital city is Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over the provinces, municipalities and regions of the country. Because of China’s size it is very diverse culturally. There are modern westernised cities like Hong Kong and Macau and rural villages that still operate how they have done for 100’s of year. From villages in the high mountains to those on the edge of deserts. All of which have their own identity and history within China.

The People's Republic of China gained power at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Mao Zedong, or popularly known as Chairman Mao, led the country until his death in 1976 and started the movement towards the country that exists today. Since the 1990's China has seen rapid economic growth and is now the biggest importer and exported of goods in the world. This has also led to big modern cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu.

China's landscape is vast and diverse, with forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts occupying the arid north and northwest near Mongolia and Central Asia, and subtropical forests prevalent in the wetter south near Southeast Asia. The terrain of western China is rugged and elevated, with the Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separating China from South and Central Asia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, have their sources in the Tibetan Plateau and continue to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China's coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14,500 kilometres (9,000 miles) long and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East and South China Seas.


Szechuan - High & Green

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The province of Szechuan is one of the largest in China. The west of the province has some of the highest mountains in China as it borders the Himalayas and Szechuan is home to many...

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