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Description 

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!

Getting There 

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.



Climbing Season



Weather station 17.8 miles from here

791 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',104],['3 Stars',263],['2 Stars',232],['1 Star',80],['Bomb',7]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',26],['5.8',38],['5.9',90],['5.10',284],['5.11',188],['5.12',76],['5.13',29],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',22],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',8],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in China

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for China:
Rooster Booster   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Egg : North Face
Soul's Awakening (half)   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A0     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 250'   Dinner Wall : Cretaceous area
Carbonic Acid Trip   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : Wine Bottle
Special Forces   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Devil's Peak : Main Wall
Japanese Pixelated Genitals   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   Yangshuo Sports Climbers' C... : Uncensored Wall
Clam Digger   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 90'   Lisu Area : Pillars area
Wind of the Valley   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Dinner Wall : Cretaceous area
Artemis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Scary Mary   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   YangShuo : Chicken Cave
Clam Digger "Direct"   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Lisu Area : Pillars area
The Lost World   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Lisu Area : Primitive Buttress
Back to the Primitive   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A0     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 600'   Lisu Area : Primitive Buttress
The Corner   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   Tung Lung Chau : Technical Wall
Akhum-Rah   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   South Valley : The Guardian
The Funky Dan   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Lisu Area : Pillars area
Japanese Cowboy   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 80'   Dinner Wall : Cave area
The Phoenix   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : White Mountain
Over the Moon   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
White Devil   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   YangShuo : White Mountain
Tsing Tao Beer   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   YangShuo : White Mountain
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Featured Route For China
Rock Climbing Photo: Anja on Spam the Chinese Ham.  Swiss Cheese Wall Y...

Spam the Chinese Ham 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Asia : China : ... : Swiss Cheese
A little bold for a 5.8 leader but really fun with big steep moves though cool features....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: 5.10c trad route at Xiao Shi Men
5.10c trad route at Xiao Shi Men
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of China.
Map of China.

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By michael crapo
From: mission b.c.
Feb 13, 2012
Tibet is not a part of china.
By RyderS
From: Dali, Yunnan Province, China
Aug 13, 2014
For folks thinking about making the journey to China for some climbing:

There's a new, awesomely comprehensive guidebook on China climbing that was just published. Likely the best book published on Chinese crags to-date. The book is CLIMB CHINA, and you can find it through their website:

climbchina.net/

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