Fed up with the climbing wall at your local indoor sports center? Then make haste for the village of Yangshuo, in China's Guangxi province. With its undulating fairy-tale peaks, snaking rivers and emerald rice paddies, there can be few finer places to dangle from the end of a nylon rope—and that's why Yangshuo is fast emerging as China's rock-climbing capital. You don't have to be Spider-Man either: local operators now cater to everyone from school kids to corporate groups.

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China Climb, tel: (86-773) 881 1033, is the oldest climbing club in town and boasts an exemplary safety...

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