Rock Climbing in China

Information on rock climbing and moutnaineering in China with details about the alpine clubs and crags available...

China has long been popular with mountaineers. It is home to many 7000-8000m peaks in the Himalayas and Karakoram, as well as some of the world's most famous and highest peaks. Other mountain ranges in the country include the Pamir, Tianshan, Altay and Kunlun ranges.

Permits are required to climb many of the higher peaks; the Chinese Mountaineering Association (in Chinese) should be contacted for more information on peak fees and permits.

China has a growing reputation for rock climbing. The Yangshuo region has a wealth of developed limestone crags, as well as many which have not been fully explored. There are a number of guides operating in the area, mostly from Yangshuo Village which is close to the most popular crags of Moon Hill, Gold Cat Crags and Copper Gate. Many of the crags can be reached by bicycle or on foot from Yangshuo. Many climbing guides in the area speak English. A guide to the climbing in the area, Yangshuo, Rock Climbing, can be purchased in many of the bars in the village and the surrounding area. The region has climbs to suit all levels. Most routes are sport climbs, both single-pitch and multi-pitch, although there are also some traditional routes. Although climbing is possible all year round, spring and autumn are the best times to visit.

Nanning in Guangxi Province, Luocheng and Fengshan are other quality limestone climbing destinations.

Qingdao is an area of granite climbing; the region offers both single-pitch sport climbing and some multi-pitch traditional routes. Ice climbing is also possible here during winter. There is also granite climbing in FuZhou. The two main climbing areas are MoXi Park, where there is also some bouldering, and LuoYuan Crag.

There is also a growing climbing community in Chengdu. The most popular local crag is about 90 minutes from the city and is known as Scream of the Crane Mountain. Most of the routes here are quite demanding and suited to experienced climbers.

Beijing has a number of indoor climbing and bouldering walls, as well as some outdoor rock climbing. The Baihe canyon, which is about two hours north of the city is the most popular local crag.

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