China is an exciting destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with natural marvels and historic monuments to explore by bike, raft, on horseback and on foot.
Visas are required for all travel to mainland China. Generally, U.S. citizens do not need a visa to visit Hong Kong or Macau.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China offers plenty of opportunities for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. It's possible to trek challenging sections of the wall just hours from Beijing, and camping can be arranged for longer expeditions.
China is home to the grueling Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race, a 1,300-mile marathon that is Asia's answer to the Tour de France. The race is held in summer, but cycling enthusiasts can join tours that cover parts of the route year-round.
The skill of Mongolian horseman is known around the world. Visitors to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia can join horse riding tours that include overnight stays in local villages.
Some of the best whitewater rafting in the world can be found at the base of Hainan Wuzhishan mountain, in a canyon surrounded by tropical forests. Travelers can also visit local Li and Miao people in their traditional villages.
Article Written By Hailey Williams
Hailey Williams is a freelance writer and editor from Los Angeles, California. She has a particular interest in culture, lifestyle, health, and women's interest reporting, and her work has been published in magazines including TV Week and Sugar. She graduated from the University of Sydney.