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Longqing Gorge

Introducing Longqing Gorge
Longqing Gorge is located at the mouth of the Yanqing Old City River, in the northeast of Yanqing County. Longqing Gorge is 85 kilometers (53 miles) away from the 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.

Longqing Gorge Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Longqingxia 龙庆峡
• Best Time to Visit: April to October
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 4 to 5 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Hiking
• Opening Hours: 08:00-16:30 from Apr.15 to Nov.15; 09:00-21:30 from Jan. 15 to the end of February (Ice Lantern Festival)
• Entrance Fee: ¥40/person; ¥100/person for boating; ¥100/person during Ice Lantern Festival
• Address: Gucheng Village, Yanqing District, Beijing

What to expect at Longqing Gorge

When you arrive at the Longqing Gorge, the first thing you will see is the Longqing Dam. The seventy-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 258 meters (846 feet) long and can take people to a height of 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 a hill of 70 meters (about 230 feet) high and surrounded by water. It is the landmark in this scenic spot.

Flowers Cave is another must-see spot, which covers 3,000 square meters (0.74 acre). 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 for people to experience. 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, it is special for its ice lantern show in winter from January to February. Although every year, the lantern show has its own theme, but the spectacular icefall against the dam wall is always the highlight. If you are keen to see the marvelous combination of the natural wonder and human creativity, you can go there during the winter.

How to get to Longqing Gorge
• Take bus 919 or 919 Express from Deshengmen Station to Yanqing Dongguan Station. Then transfer to bus Y15 and get off at Longqingxia Station.
• Take bus 919 or 919 Express from Deshengmen Station to Guishui Beijie Nan Station. Then take bus 875 and get off at Longqingxia Station. Walk or take shuttle bus to the scenic area.

Additional travel advice on Longqing Gorge
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes with a good grip.
• Prepare some food, drinkable water, and wear sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to prevent sunburns in summer.

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