Mountains, That’s How (gotcha!)
China is home to so many mountains, that they cover 2/3rds of its land (so you’ll probably come across one while you’re here). But if you’re like me and only have a short time here, here are the top 3 must sees:
- Huangshan Mountain, Anhui Province
Or the Yellow Mountains (as most Westerners refer to it), are one of the most beautiful stretch of mountains in China and bring in tourists from all over the world. Serious hikers and not serious hikers (like me, myself, and I) alike can take pictures all over these massive rocks. The trails are pretty easy (if you like rock stairs you’re already winning) and the gondola ride (a must for some of us) is only about 30 min (one way) and gives you some of the best views from inside the range.
These mountains have inspired many Chinese paintings, and if you’ve been there, you can probably guess why. This mountain range is one of the most unique ranges in the world, and is beautiful year round (unlike some of us).
- Avatar mountains, Hunan
If you’ve seen the movie Avatar, you’ve already seen Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – but don’t let that stop you seeing them in real life. These mountains were the inspiration behind the Hallelujah Mountains in the mythical world of Pandora in the movie Avatar, and it’s easy to see that when you visit.
- Mount Everest, Tibet (of course it’s number 1)
Mount Everest, even the name conjures images of the greatest mountain range ever (even if you’ve never seen it). It stands tall at over 29,000 feet tall and is part of the Tibetan Himalaya mountain range (just like our number 2). It is still one of the most dangerous climbs to make (I don’t think it will ever get easier) and people every year are killed by it (yes, killed by a mountain, very real).
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Our coming trip to Yellow mountains: September 23-25th
Yellow mountains! Discount for students! 黄山!
Tibet and Everest base camp: October 1-7th (national holiday)
Avatar mountains: coming soon… Meanwhile enjoy breathatking pics from our previous trip:
Zhangjiajie trip May 13-15th