|Winter in Longqing Gorge|
Longqing Gorge is located at the mouth of the Yanqing Old City River, in the northeast of Yanqing County. It is 53 miles (85 kilometers) from Beijing City. The scenic spot is famous for its gorge. Visitors compare the scenery of the gorge to the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, but its mountains are much steeper than those along the Yangtze. The scenery also resembles the Li River in Guilin, but the water here is much clearer.
When you arrive at Longqing Gorge, the first thing you will see is the Longqing Dam. The 230-foot-high (70-meter-high) dam is inset between hills. Looking to the north side from the dam, the picturesque scenery of hills and white clouds reflected in deep green water can be appreciated.
But how do you get onto the dam? Use the elevator inside the body of an artificial dragon. The elevator is hidden in the majestic dragon. It is 846 feet (258 meters) long and can take people to a height of 295 feet (90 meters).
Getting down from the dam, you have to enjoy the river and hills by cruise. Every turn around a hill in the river will surprise you because of the new view. The scenery here combines the charm of rivers in southern China and the magnificence of mountains in northern China, which will give you a deep impression. Along the river you will see the heavily forested steep cliffs and the bare limestone in different fantastic shapes, eroded by the natural power of water. To some extent, it is much like Li River. Many of these rocks and hills have their own names, such as: Comb Hill, Immortal Taoist Temple, Flowers Cave and Jingang Temple.
The most important spot that you must have a look is the Comb Hill, also known as Solitary Beauty Peak, which is 230 feet (about 70 meters) high and surrounded by water. It is the landmark in Longqing Gorge.
Flowers Cave is another must-see spot of Longqing Gorge, which covers 0.74 acre (3,000 square meters). There are more than 1,650 kinds of artificial trees and flowers decorated with birds and other animals in the cave. The flowers in the cave are divided into several themes like: Blooming Flowers and Northern Scenery, which will, of course, leave a deep impression for visitors.
After enjoying the beautiful natural scenery on cruise, there are many other activities. Bungee jumping from a hill, taking cableway to appreciate the blue sky and the clean water, or boating by yourself on the river are some good choices. However, these items are charged independently for different prices.
In addition, Longqing Gorge is special for its ice lantern show in winter from January to February. Although every year the lantern show has its own theme, the spectacular icefall against the dam wall is always the highlight. If you are keen to see the marvelous combination of natural wonder and human creativity, you can go there during the winter.
Ways to get there:
2. Take bus 919 or 919 Express from Deshengmen Station to Guishui Beijie Nan Station. Then take bus 875 and get off at Longqingxia Station.
After getting off the bus, visitors can walk for 15 minutes or take the shuttle bus which costs CNY 5 for a single trip to the entrance.
January 15 to the end of February (Ice Lantern Festival): 09:00 ~ 22:00
|1||Through Ticket||CNY 150|
|2||Entrance Ticket||CNY 40|
|3||Round-trip Cruise||CNY 100|
|4||Flowers Cave||CNY 10|
|5||Immortal Taoist Temple||CNY 50 (including round-trip cable car fee)|
|6||Bungee Jumping||CNY 150|
|8||Ice Lantern Festival||CNY 100|
1. Children under 3.9 feet (1.2m) enjoys free entry to the scenic area and Ice Lantern Festival.
2. 1 covers 2, 3, 4, 5.
3. During the Ice Lantern Festival, only the Ice Lantern Area and the Flowers Cave are open. 3, 5, 6, and 7 are out of service.
4. If you want to try the bungee jumping, be sure you are healthy and fit enough.
5. The hills are very steep in places. Take great care especially when traveling with the elderly or children.
Recommended Nearby Attractions:
Mt. Songshan Nature Reserve
Badaling Great Wall
China Great Wall Museum
Yongning Ancient City