Qinglong Gorge, literally the Green Dragon Gorge, stretches five kilometers (three miles) in Huaibei Town, Huairou District, 75 kilometers (47 miles) northeast of Beijing. According to a local legend, Qinglong Gorge got its name from the Qinglong (Green Dragon) Pool where there was a docile and lovely green dragon in ancient time. Since the establishment of Dashuiyu Reservoir there in 1972, the gorge has become a more and more popular destination. With pleasant temperate climate, delightful cool in summer, breathtaking natural scenery, well-equipped entertainment facilities, and especially the Great Wall relics on the surrounding mountains, Qinglong Gorge is now a stunning site for people who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
The whole scenic area is divided into four parts by the huge dam in the center. To the south is the shoal area; to the north is the large Longxia Lake; to the west is Mt. Qinglong with a cableway; to the east is the amusement playground.
Shoal Area in the South
After entering Qinglong Gorge, visitors can walk or take the sightseeing car to the southern shoal waters. With the depth of the water averaging one meter (3.3 feet), it is the best summer resort for rowing a boat or drifting on a bamboo raft. Other aquatic entertainments like bumper boats are also available.
When you arrive at the dam, you will see a smooth stone wall in the east. It is the spillway. Every July and August, the water rises with abundant summer rainfall, and forms a spectacular waterfall with a width of 12 meters (40 feet) and a height of 50 meters (165 feet). The overflowing water roars down like a white rolling dragon dancing in the mist.
Longxia Lake in the North
The big reservoir to the north of the dam is Longxia Lake, the major water touring area. Covering 70 hectares (172 acres) and with a depth of 50 meters, the lake features picturesque scenery. Touring on a ship or a speed boat in a pleasant breeze, there are plenty of wonderful sites along your route, including the Fairyland in Mist, Golden Toad Watching the Moon, Stone with Six Aspects, and Immortal on the Turtle. At the end of the lake, there will be an outdoor swimming pool opening in summer, with an artificial beach.
Mt. Qinglong in the West
Mt. Qinglong in the west is a must site for climbers. Standing on a higher point, you will find the mountain range is just like a winding green dragon. The Dashuiyu Pass of the Great Wall extends along the ridges. This section of the Great Wall was built from 1403 to 1424 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Connecting with Simatai Great Wall and Jiangjunguan Pass in the east, and Juyongguan Pass and Badaling Great Wall in the west, Dashuiyu Pass was a fortress with strategic position in ancient time. Now many watchtowers are well preserved among the relics. Two sides of the wall show distinct sights - the beautiful landscape of rivers and plains in the south and grand mountains in the north are all in full view.
In the mountains, there is a verdant Green Dragon Valley with the Flying Dragon Waterfall. Silver-white water spills down from a height of over 10 meters (33 feet). This spectacular scene together with powerful sound of the running water makes such a striking natural wonder. What’s more, there are many crystal springs and ponds nearby. Visitors can refresh themselves and go very close to touch the water.
The highest peak of Mt. Qinglong is Yuhuang Peak. Climb up the Great Wall, and pass a great number of interesting sites like the Couple Pines, Mother-and Baby Pine, Qianlong Cave, and Thread of Sky, you will reach the top of the mountain. Standing on Yuhuang Peak with an elevation of 530 meters (1,740 feet), visitors can get a bird's eye view of the vast Miyun Reservoir, Mutianyu Great Wall, and even a vague outline of Beijing City. There is a cableway from the foot of Mt. Qinglong to Yuhuang Peak, which takes just twenty minutes for a round trip.
Amusement Playground in the East
The rich amusement facilities in the east playground offer visitors a lot of fun. Some exciting and challenging activities, such as bungee jumping with a height of 70 meters (230 feet) above the water, the 25-meter (82-foot) rock climbing wall, and the prompt drop with a fall of 28 meters (92 feet) are good choices.
After a full day of sightseeing, you can have meals in restaurants near the recreational shoal area to the south of the dam. If you are not rushing to leave, the 7D cinema is also a good relaxation.
Ticket Fare & Hours
|Admission Fee||CNY54 for adults; CNY27 for children aged 6-18; free for children under 6|
|Boat Fare||Bamboo Raft: CNY50 per person|
|Tourist Boat: CNY60 per person|
|Speed Boat: CNY80 per person|
|Rowing Boat: CNY80 every half hour|
|Cable Car Fare||Adult: |
CNY70 for a single trip and CNY100 for a round trip
Children under 1.4 meters(4.6 feet):
CNY40 for a single trip and CNY60 for a round trip
How to get to Qinglong Gorge
1. From Dongzhimen Hub Station, take Bus 916 to Miaocheng Dong, and then cross the road to take Bus H58 to Qinglong Gorge Station.
2. Tourists can also take the direct tourist bus at Liuliqiao and Sihui Coach Station. The fare is CNY70 for a round trip.
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I will be staying in Changzhi, and wanted to visit both gorges.
Thank you in advance!