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China is a massive and varied country that dominates the Asian landscape. At 9.8 million square kilometers, China has virtually the same land area as the USA.

In the past, the primary attraction for climbers was the high peaks of the Tibetan plateau, including the infamous peak-bagger's dream of Mt Everest. Recently western sport climbers have begun to explore the impressive limestone that China has to offer.

Currently China's top sport climbing destination is YangShuo, home to exquisite white limestone towers similar in quality to the sport crags of Thailand.

For trad climbing, the top destination is Li Ming. Sandstone cracks with infinite character near a village of ethnic minorities in an idyllic valley. Check out Mike Dobie's guidebook, out now!

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Travel by commercial plane is most common.

  • A passport is required for travel to China. Details on how to obtain a passport can be found here.
  • A Visa issues by the Chinese governement is required. Information on obtaining a visa can be found here
  • Special permits are required for travel to Tibet, within China.
  • See the State Department's website for travel advisaries and additional information.

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Classic Climbing Routes at China

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
The Great Owl
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Gweilo
Sport 4 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A0
 20
Soul's Awakening (half)
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Scarface II
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Clam Digger
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 26
Wind of the Valley
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 22
The Comedians
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 24
Hanging in the Balance
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 23
Faraway Corner
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
The Traveling Alan
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 14
Clam Digger "Direct"
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Akhum-Rah
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a A0
 16
Back to the Primitive
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 15
The Phoenix
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 9
The Funky Dan
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Great Owl Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Pinecrest Buttress
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Gweilo Hong Kong > Lion Rock > W Face
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Soul's Awakening (half) Yunnan Province > … > Dinner Wall > Cretaceous area
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A0 Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Scarface II Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Pinecrest Buttress
 26
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Clam Digger Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Wind of the Valley Yunnan Province > … > Dinner Wall > Cretaceous area
 26
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Comedians Guangxi Province > YangShuo > White Mountain
 22
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Hanging in the Balance Guangxi Province > … > Egg > N Face
 24
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Faraway Corner Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 23
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The Traveling Alan Guangxi Province > YangShuo > Swiss Cheese
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Clam Digger "Direct" Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 14
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Akhum-Rah Yunnan Province > … > S Valley > Guardian
 13
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Back to the Primitive Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Primitive Buttress
 16
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a A0 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
The Phoenix Guangxi Province > YangShuo > White Mountain
 15
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Funky Dan Yunnan Province > … > Lisu Area > Pillars area
 9
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
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