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Longqing Gorge

North of the Badaling Great Wall and 80 kilometers (50 miles) from downtown Beijing, you can discover Longqing Gorge, in northeast Yanqing County. The gorge, reputed to be the 'Little Three Gorges', features clear waters, wooded mountains, curious stones and wonderful karst caves. The gorge's main attractions are the Longqing Gorge Cruise, Baihua (hundred Flowers) Cave, and the Shenxianyuan (Immortal) and Jingang temples.

Near the entrance, a grand waterfall plummets down 50 meters (164 feet) from the dam above. A long, dragon-shaped escalator carries visitors to the dam, where the cruise begins. On both sides, eerie mountains and strange formations inspire visitors' imaginations as they have for centuries. You can marvel at the huge, natural Buddha stone and a hill rising from the water like a great bell. Another hill, named Fengguan (Phoenix Coronet) Isle, is considered the symbol of the gorge. Fengguan is surrounded on three sides by water and closed off by high mountains on the fourth.

Visitors can experience the four seasons, from the heat of the tropics to the heart of the northeastern China, thanks to the colorful lights and elaborately crafted flowers in Baihua Cave. In the Shenxianyuan Temple area, several huge stones halfway up the cliff resemble chessboards. It's said that rubbing on the trunk of the tree near the edge of cliff can cure illnesses, but no one dares get close because of the extreme danger. The Yuhuang Peak is the highest in the area, and the teahouse at the peak offers a wonderful position from which to appreciate the scenery. In the Jingang Temple area, a hill looking like a pen gently dips into the water as if it were clearest ink. A karst cave nearby, Minting Coins Stove, is the place where two brothers made fake money to save the poor in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Every year, the Ice and Snow Festival, held from January to February in the gorge, displays many beautiful ice lanterns. During the festival, the marvelous ice waterfall together with the lanterns attracts many visitors. Except for the Ice and Snow Festival, Longqing Gorge only opens to visitors from April 10 to November 15.

Longqing Gorge is an ideal place to do extreme sports such as bungee-jumping (CNY 150 per person), rock-climbing or abseiling (CNY 50 per person). Taking a slideway costs CNY 20 per person. Tickets for the cruise, the Baihua Cave, the Shenxianyuan Temple and the Jingang Temple cost CNY10 per person respectively. If you prefer to take cable car onto Shenxianyuan Temple, the entrance ticket and the round trip cable car cost CNY50 in total.

Admission Fee:
CNY 40 for entrance ticket; CNY100 for cruise
combo ticket: CNY140 (the fare of entrance ticket, Baihua Cave and cruise are included)
Opening Hours:
January 15th -  end of February
April 10 - November 15
Bus Route:
1. Take bus no. 919 at Deshengmen to Yanqing County. Then transfer to bus no. 875 to the gorge.
2. Take a train at Beijing North Railway Station to Yanqing Railway Station. Walk to the North Station of Yanqing Railway Station bus stop to take bus no. 875 to the gorge.
3. A direct tourist bus to Longqing Gorge is scheduled at 08:30 between mid April and mid Oct. by Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch. Get on the bus in the northeast corner of Xuanwumen Lukou (near exit B of Xuanwumen subway station of line 2 and line 4). The bus fare is CNY60 per person.

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Comments and Questions

Hello dear, I would like to visit the Green Dragon Gorge but I heard that is vlosed for visits because of some accident that happened. Is that true?

Reply6/2/2019 9:17:41 PMTanja,   Yugoslavia

Miranda ( Greece ) :6/5/2019 8:36:29 PM

Don't worry. The scenic area still open nowadays.

Hi, during the lantern festival, is dragon escalator and all other things are opened?

Reply1/25/2019 7:41:24 PMMansi chopra

Mike ( Aruba ) :1/29/2019 12:39:05 AM

Hi, as I know, furing the Ice Lantern Festival, only the Ice Lantern Area and the Flowers Cave are open. You can take the dragon elevator.

Hi, what are the tomings of the buses from gorge to beijing?

Reply1/26/2019 11:15:30 PMMansi chopra,   India

Vici :1/29/2019 12:53:22 AM

From Longqingxia (Longqing Gorge) Station, you can take bus Y15 to to Yanqing Dongguan Station and transfer to bus 919 or 919 Express to Deshengmen Station in Beijing.

How much is the bus line 919 Express from Deshengmen Station to Yanqing Nancaiyuan Station?And how much is the bus line Y15 to the gorge?Thank you.

Reply6/29/2018 8:46:22 AMNora Saleh

Bob ( France ) :7/2/2018 11:08:30 PM

It costs CNY16 for bus 919 and CNY3 for bus Y15.

Hi, If we take a taxi from Beijing to Longqing Gorge. Do the taxi driver wait for us there, to drive us back to BJ? Or do we have to take another taxi to get back? And how much do we have to pay?

Reply6/30/2018 2:22:28 AMRowena Paz Petersen,   Denmark

Bob ( France ) :7/2/2018 11:06:59 PM

Hi, there! It could be very costly to take a taxi from the downtown to the gorge, which might require CNY 400 for one way. You are advised to take bus No.919 (CNY16) at Deshengmen to Yanqing Dongguan in around 1.5 hours and then transfer to either bus Y15 (CNY3) to alight at Gucheng Lukou stop, or a taxi (CNY35) to the scenic area.

Hi, we are Beijing from 2nd April til the 8th April 2018.Can we still go see the sights of Yangqing Gorge & Dragon Escalator on the 5th April.Am finding it confusing if some parts are open or not.Thanks a lot Faith

Reply1/6/2018 6:53:18 PMFaith Waller,   Australia

Mina :1/7/2018 11:20:07 PM

I am afraid the gorge is closed during that time and it will open from Apr. 10.

Leila ( China ) :3/5/2018 8:01:39 PM

Mina, where did you find the information on the opening and closing? I can't find it.

Lexi :3/19/2018 1:41:48 AM

Mina is right. I checked the official website of the gorge and the opening time is from Jan. 15 to late Feb. and from Apr. 10 to Nov. 15 .

How do I go to longqing gorge from Mutianyu Village?

Reply8/16/2017 5:04:38 PMOlivia,   United States

Anna :8/22/2017 12:54:23 AM

Several transfers are needed if going by bus:
take no. h24 at Mutianyu Great Wall to Yujiayuan, where you can change to no. h51 to Yongning. Then another change to no. 875 will take you to the gorge.

hi , how can I take taxi from Beijing hotel to longqing gorge? how much it cost and any suggestions for drivers email?

Reply6/20/2016 5:04:13 PMyariv,   Israel

David ( Canada ) :6/20/2016 9:05:56 PM

The distance is about 62 miles (100km). You can book a taxi by dialing 96103. The fare may be around CNY300-400. I am sorry I have no idea of the driver's email. Or, you may consider using public transportation. Take metro line 1 from Wangfujing station to Fuxingmen Station, and change to metro line 2 to Jishuitan Station, Exit B2. Next, take bus line 919 Express from Deshengmen Station to Yanqing Nancaiyuan Station. Afterwards, transfer to bus line Y15 to Jiuxianzhen Gucheng Lukou Station. Upon arrival, walk north to the gorge. :)

Matthew ( China ) :7/10/2017 8:20:07 PM

You can hire a driver for a day or call a taxi. The best app is DD.

How about returning from Longqing Gorge to Beijing? Is it the same bus numbers? And do they go from where they drop you off?

Reply5/15/2017 4:50:30 AMNatasha,   United Kingdom

Ruby ( Germany ) :5/16/2017 1:38:59 AM

You just need to reverse the bus route 1 on this page. Take bus no. 875 from the Gorge to Guishui Beijie Nan Bus Stop and transfer to bus no. 919 to Deshengmen in downtown area.

Is it suitable to bring a 6 mos old baby?

Reply1/8/2017 6:32:09 AMBarbs,   China

Emily ( Poland ) :1/9/2017 1:30:10 AM

Barbs, it might not be a good idea to take the baby with you to the Gorge, as it can be a little bit cold there and the hiking should take much energy for average visitors, let alone bringing the baby.
It is suggested you choose Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and other scenic areas in the downtown area instead. :)
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