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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:
07:30-16:30
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

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. :)

can we go to longqing gorge from beijing and come back on same day?

Reply10/2/2016 6:01:24 AMNimisha Nimisha,   India

Lee ( Germany ) :10/10/2016 10:44:49 PM

Yes, you can do a one-day trip to it. Take bus line 919 Express from Deshengmen Station to Yanqing Nancaiyuan Station. Then, change to bus line Y15 to the gorge. You can follow the same route for the return trip! Have a nice trip! ;)

Hi, according to your opening period, the Longqing Gorge is closed in december. is this true? Or the place is opened but i cannot do the activities.Pls help to clarify.Thank you for your time

Reply8/19/2016 3:26:27 PMAminmin,   Singapore

Juliet ( Canada ) :8/21/2016 9:11:29 PM

It is closed in December. Sorry for that. It is open for latern festival from January 15 to the end of February, and open normally from April 10 to November 15.

Is the bungee jump at Longqing Gorge safe? Would you recommend doing it? Would you also recommend the cave and cruise? or do you think those are not worth the price?

Reply7/26/2016 11:52:23 PMJoanna,   United States

Juliet ( Canada ) :7/28/2016 5:41:42 AM

Yes, it is safe and recommendable. The cave and cruise are also worth a try. By the way, the admission fee is CNY 40; the bungee jumping fee is CNY 150; the cruise fare is CNY 100. They well worth the price. You will have a lot of fun there! :)

Can you get a train from badaling to longqing Gorge?

Reply7/22/2016 7:19:42 AMisla,   United Kingdom

Lee ( Germany ) :7/24/2016 9:52:23 PM

You can take S2 train from Badaling Station to Yanqing Station (about 15 minutes). Then, take bus line Y15 or Y40 to the gorge. :)

isla :7/25/2016 3:11:34 AM

When are the last trains back? Can I do badaling and the gorge in one day and gey back to Beijing ?

Rebecca ( Canada ) :7/25/2016 8:49:53 PM

The last train departs at 21:18 from Yanqing. I am afraid that one day is too limited. You are advsied to spare at least two days for that.

Hi! Can I go bungee jumping and also go on the cruise at Longqing Gorge? I want to get a better idea of the activities and their layout

Reply7/21/2016 2:03:49 AMSimone,   United States

Lee ( Germany ) :7/21/2016 10:36:40 PM

Yeah! You can go bungee jumping and go on the cruise there these days. It is open from April 10th to November 15th. The admission fee to the gorge is CNY 40; the bungee jumping fee is CNY 150; the cruise fare is CNY 100.

Can you swim here at Longqing Gorge?

Reply7/10/2016 5:45:35 AMAbby,   China

Peter ( Australia ) :7/10/2016 9:25:42 PM

Yes, you can go swimming there. The water is quite clean and clear. Have fun! :)
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