Surprisingly enough, taking into account the immense size of the country, its remarkable geography and affordable nature, China isn’t renowned for adrenaline pumping adventure activities. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of out-of-this-world experiences awaiting adrenaline junkies in China, but rather that you’ll have to look for them.
However, if you take it upon yourself to look for adrenaline fuelled experiences and adventure in this remarkable country, one boasting more than its fair share of culture, history and places of interest, you’ll be more than adequately compensated for your efforts.
Here are a few of the top adventure activities awaiting adrenaline junkies in mainland China, though do your homework before planning your trip as the weather can get quite cold and wet during certain seasons and you won’t want poor weather to hamper your experiences.
Hiking in Stone Forest, Kunming
For most adrenaline junkies, hiking is hardly what one would deem exciting, however, when you’re hiking in a forest like Stone Forest in Kunming you’re sure to feel a surge of adrenaline pumping through your veins in no time. In fact, it’s highly likely that just looking at pictures of this remarkable place is enough to do the trick.
These remarkable, and often treacherous, limestone formations are over 270 million years old and are popular with hikers and rock climbers alike.
Diving in Zhejiang
Although you can dive in many places around the world, the diving experiences awaiting the adventurous traveller in Zhejiang are truly remarkable and certainly worthwhile taking into consideration if you’d like to experience something very different, like a giant, dormant city deliberately submerged more than fifty years ago to create a reservoir.
1,300 year old gated, and submerged under 24 metres of water, Lion City is a diving destination all diving enthusiasts will want to place highly on their bucket lists as the eerie remains of this forgotten city are beckoning to be discovered and explored again.
Cling to a cliff on the South Peak of Mount Hua Shan
The South Peak is one of the five peaks of Mount Hua Shan and offers what’s widely considered to be one of the most terrifying experiences an adrenaline seeker could possibly experience.
If you’ve the time and the inclination you can climb the mountain, however there’s a cable car that will take you to the top of the peak and one of the most phenomenal sights you’re ever likely to see – a plank walk on a sheer cliff with a 1000 metre drop.
Kite boarding in Fujian
Ah, finally something that’s a little more akin to what adrenaline junkies are used to, plus as it’s in Fujian you’ll also get in some sea, sun and sand!
Kite boarding is a relatively new phenomenon in China but that hasn’t prevented the locals from taking to it with great gusto. Xiaman’s sandy enclave, which boasts unruly winds of up to 92 kph, provide conditions that are perfect for pulling off a wide variety of tricks including flips, jumps, loops and spins at adrenaline pumping speeds.
Touring the country
In addition to adventure activities that will get the adrenaline pumping through your veins there are many places of interest worthy of your attention and the best way to experience these is on a tour with tour operators like China Direct Travel. Combining a tour that takes in major destinations like Beijing – the capital boasts a remarkable number of places of interest – with activities for the most adventurous of adrenaline junkies is easy to arrange and enables you to get the most out of your time in this remarkable part of the world.