Yellow River Xiaolangdi Scenic Area

Lying in Mengjin County 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) north of Luoyang City, Henan Province, Xiaolangdi Scenic Area is located in the exit of the last gorge in the middle reaches of Yellow River.

The Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam Project has become a dominating feature of this stretch of the mighty river and the three gorges to be found here are a major attraction.

Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam Project

The Dam Project is an eye catching feature of the whole scenic area. In total the cost of the project has been RMB 42 billion and it is not only a milestone in the history of the continuing effort to tame the Yellow River, but it is also a masterpiece in the history of world hydro-engineering. It creates three firsts in the world and six firsts in China. This vast record breaking construction is 1,667 meters (about 1,823 yards) long with a height of 154 meters (about 500 feet). The whole project consists of ten intake towers, nine flood and sediment tunnels, six power tunnels and an underground powerhouse. The main objectives of the project are: flood control, ice jam control, siltation control, irrigation, water supply, as well as hydroelectric power generation. Following the completion of the project a vast reservoir covering 272 square kilometers (about 105 square miles) has been formed above the dam. The views across this vast shimmering man-made lake surrounded by towering mountains are amazing.
Xiaolangdi Scenery
Xiaolangdi Scenery
Xiaolangdi Scenic Area
Xiaolangdi Scenic Area

The Three Gorges of Yellow River

The Three Gorges are the essence of this scenic area on the Yellow River. Situated on the upper reaches of Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam, the gorges cover 40 square kilometers (about 15 square miles). Each gorge has its own characteristics. Bali Gorge forms the narrowest part of these reaches of the river and the water gushes between the sheer cliffs on either side. Gushan Gorge is extraordinary as if it were cut out by some supernatural beings while the Dragon and Phoenix Gorge winds snake-like between steep sides. All in all the Three Georges of the Yellow River present uniquely beautiful water and mountain scenery in northern region of China.

Bali Gorge

Bali Gorge is also nicknamed 'Bali By-street'. It is the last section of the Yellow River gorges and it is the narrowest. Cliffs stand erect and tall on either side as though they have been cut through by a giant sword. The narrow and arduous valleys continue upwards appearing to almost join the sky. Seen from a distance, these beautiful valleys connect with each other to form a natural door, thus they have been called 'The Door of the Yellow River'. The current here is wild and strong and waves continually dash against the shore .The whole gorge is splendid.

Gushan Gorge

Gushan Gorge goes from south to north. Here mountains and water become an inseparable whole; pavilions and small wooden houses stand beside the water and adorn the mountain sides. When visiting this place, you will be touched by the grand landscape and surrounded by a strong sense of poetry. In this gorge, natural beauties and sceneries of humanities are interwoven, enhancing the beauty of each other. There are countless stories and legends about the Gushan Gorge, something that adds to its appeal as a spot well worth visiting when exploring the historic Yellow River.

Dragon and Phoenix Gorge

The Dragon and Phoenix Gorge twists and turns through precipitous cliffs. The mountain rocks are rugged; trees stand tall and serene; the mist and clouds are dense and the constant stream of water is loquacious. Here a blue pond is like a bright and quiet moon while the waterfall above is a white curtain draped on the mountain side. The reason for the name of the gorge is that it and the Phoenix Slope supplement each other, forming a natural picture which indicates propitiousness. For that reason scenic spots in this gorge have been endowed with many romantic names, like Lover's Island, Lovesickness Waterfall, Dragon and Phoenix Pond, and so on. Some would say that this is a perfect place for lovers!

How to get to Yellow River Xiaolangdi Scenic Area

From Zhengzhou:

Take bus from Longhai Bus Station located on Longhai East Road. It departs at 15:30 and costs CNY45. The whole journey takes around 3 hours.

From Luoyang:

Take a regular bus from Luoyang Bus Station to Xiaolangdi. It takes about 1.5h and costs CNY7.
Entrance Fee CNY40
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 feet).
Opening Hours Mar. - Oct.: 8:00 - 18:30
Nov. - Feb.: 8:30 - 17:30
- Last updated on Apr. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Yellow River Xiaolangdi Scenic Area
Asked by david wong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 05, 2019 06:33Reply
which gorge the bus will drop us off?
I understand that I can take bus from luoyang bus station to the scenic area. May I know which gorge the bus will drop us off? How far do we have to walk to the gorge? Thank you.
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Answered by Landy from USA | Oct. 12, 2019 00:10

I think the bus will park at the entrance of scenic area.
Asked by Chong TH from SINGAPORE | Jan. 10, 2016 23:30Reply
How far apart are the 3 Gorges ?
Can I see all 3 Gorges at one place (within 200 Meters) ? If they are far apart, then which one is most worth while to see. Is it difficult to see all 3 Gorges? Thanks.
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Answered by Dick from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 11, 2016 00:59

It consists of Bingling Gorge, Liujia Gorge and Yanguo Gorge. They are not at the same places. You cannot visit them with one day.

As I know, Liujia Gorge wins high popularity among tourists. It's worth to see! Have a nice journey!
Asked by Enjoyer from GERMANY | Jun. 20, 2013 07:31Reply
WE have to decide if we want to go to shaolin temple or to Xianlongdi scenic area. What would you recommend?

Thank you
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Answered by Tony from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 21, 2013 02:20

If you are interested in Chinese culture and would like to know more about Chinese religion and martial arts, Shaolin Temple is suggested.

If you would like to feel the natural beauty and the magnificence of Xiaolangdi reservior, you can visit the other one.
Asked by Mr.dwekat from JORDAN | Sep. 21, 2010 04:10Reply
i mean how to go from my hotel to "Yellow River Xiaolangdi Scenic Area"
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Answered by Mr.Chang | Sep. 23, 2010 03:34

Go from your hotel to the long-distance bus station nearby, there is direct bus from the station to the scenic point, Bus ride takes about 70 minutes and rmb7. The bus departs every hour on the hour. You can buy the ticket from the ticket window at the station.
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