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 Walking Holidays in China China -  Beijing and The Great Wall

Walking holidays in China -   Beijing and The Great Wall - Click Here For Larger Image The Great Wall of China has origins dating back over 2,000 years to the 7th century BC. From that time on it was added to with many sections being built and rebuilt until Mao Zedong caused further destruction by encouraging locals to use it for building material. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan by the sea in the east to Lop Lake in the west and measures approximately 13,000 miles in its entirety including all the branch walls and separated sections. Built to protect the Chinese Empire from undesirable warlike people and military groups, the Great Wall also acted as a border control and played an important part in the transportation and trade of goods especially along the Silk Road. The Great Wall is made up of actual ‘wall’, rivers, trenches and other natural defences such as hills and mountains to provide a continuous defensive barrier complete with regular watch towers and troop barracks. It is an incomparable feat of ancient engineering.

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 Walking Holidays in China China -  Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces

Walking holidays in China -   Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces - Click Here For Larger Image Guìlín means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, Guilin has a sub-tropical climate and is a low rise flower covered city. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters of the Li River and thousands of colourful bamboo rafts make the city such an appealing destination. It is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural centre of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). This is one of China's most popular tourist destinations. Ask any one in China and they will say the Guilin landscape is the best!

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 Walking Holidays in China China -  Mount Emei

Walking holidays in China -   Mount Emei - Click Here For Larger Image Mount Emei is a UNESCO world heritage site rising abruptly from the surrounding plains to a height of over 3000 metres as you approach from Chengdu. Although not technically part of the Himalayas, it is high mountains from here all the way to Everest. This mountain has intensive religious significance to the Buddhists of China as this is where Buddhism was first established on Chinese territory. The first Buddhist temple was built on the summit of Mount Emei during the 1st century and is now accompanied by 30 further temples scattered over the mountain. In addition many monasteries and Ming tombs enhance the atmosphere of this sacred, atmospheric mountain.

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 Walking Holidays in China China -  Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond

Walking holidays in China -   Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond - Click Here For Larger Image In this spectacular part of China with dramatic and diverse natural beauty, extends the Tiger Leaping Gorge - the setting for a world famous trek in an area considered to be the best trekking landscape China has to offer. The Gorge was formed by the Upper Yangtze River cutting a path between two mountains rising over 5500 metres on either side from the river bed at 1800m making it the world’s deepest river canyon. The Grand Canyon in the USA by contrast, is only 1600 metres deep. The trail runs high on the northern side of the gorge passing through quiet villages, shady forests, and verdant terraced farmland with the odd cliff to negotiate! It is said that a tiger escaping from a hunter jumped across the river at the narrowest point still 25m wide, hence the name. The local people are the Naxi and offer warm hospitality to passing trekkers.

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 Walking Holidays in China China - Charms of China

Walking holidays in China - Charms of China - Click Here For Larger Image Combine the city of Beijing, the Great Wall of China, and a visit to the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an with the tranquil sub-tropical south of Guilin rich in rivers and rice terraces for an all-round, wonderful China Experience!On this holiday, not only do you see and walk amongst some of China’s most visited sites, but you can also enjoy the company of fellow walkers during your stay.

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 Walking Holidays in Malta - Gozo Malta - Gozo - Gozo

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Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese Archipelago and means Joy in Castilian. Measuring only 14km by 7km its magical atmosphere enraptures thousands of visitors. This beautiful island is steeped in history as Phoenicians, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French and British have occupied the island all leaving their cultural mark for the future visitor to discover. There pervades a sleepy pace and rustic charm contrasting with its much busier, and larger neighbour, the island of Malta. The Gozitans are all very friendly and especially welcoming to English speaking visitors and English is widely spoken.

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 Walking Holidays in Slovenia Slovenia - Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

Walking holidays in Slovenia - Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj - Click Here For Larger Image Slovenia is situated just south of Austria and to the east of Italy also sharing borders with Hungary and Croatia. It is one of the newest members of the EU having joined in 2004. Most of our walking takes place in the north of the country in the Julian Alps. This range forms part of the Southern Alps which extend into Austria. The spectacular mountains in this area are predominately limestone, and their jagged forms produce stunning vistas wherever you look. The area is softened by beautiful, tranquil lakes in the valley bottoms and also amongst the rocky crags. Two of the largest lakes, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, feature in our programme.

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