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Beijing Qinglong Canyon

Updated:2008-06-06 10:34 | Source:

  Located near the Dashuiyu Pass of the ancient

  Great Wall in Huaibei Town, Huairou District,

  Beijing, it is a national water conservancy scenic

  spot, including green mountains, crystal water and

  ancient Great Wall. Route: Go along the Jingmu Road

  to Huairou, turn left at the roundabout, then turn

  right at the first traffic light, and drive

  northwards further along the Huaifeng Road to arrive

  at it. It is 75 kilometers away from Sanyuan Bridge

  of Beijing. It used to be called Dashuiyu Reservoir.

  In the 1970s, the first concrete gravity-arch dam in

  Beijing, which was 59 meters high, 283 meters long

  and four meters wide, was built on the exit of the

  Dashuiyu Reservoir, so as to form a valley type

  reservoir containing 14.60 million cubic meters of

  water and with a drainage area of 55.6 square

  kilometers. The words of Qinglong Canyon at a height

  of six meters are written on the exterior side of

  the dam. The scenic spot was developed by Huairou

  Water Resource Bureau in 1995, and was formally

  opened to the public in 1996.

  Occupying an area of 150 hectares, stretching more

  than 10 li, and 30 to 50 meters in width, the

  Qinglong Canyon has mountains winding along on both

  sides. The original Great Wall is lying on top of

  the mountains. There are dense plantations, deep

  valleys, beautiful mountain flowers, and flowing

  streams. The mountains, water and ancient Great Wall

  contrast finely with each other. The elegance of the

  south and the majesty of the north are both embodied

  here.

  This place used to be the Dashuiyu Pass of the Ming

  Great Wall, which was built in the period from 1403

  to 1424. Occupying a strategic position, this pass

  has three gates in the east, south and west. It is

  the transportation fortress on the way from the

  capital to Dage and Rehe in the Ming and Qing

  dynasties. The canyon has a long history, a unique

  geographical position and a pleasing and cool

  climate all year long. The mountainous area of the

  canyon is full of steep mountains and running

  waters. The annual precipitation is about 800 mm.

  The dam is in the middle of the scenic spot,

  dividing it into four parts. The water in the south

  part is about one meter in depth, so bamboo rafts

  and rowing boats are mainly used here. The water in

  the north is 40 to 50 meters in depth, so dragon

  boat, barge and speed boat are provided here. In the

  summer, there are beach bathing spots here. In the

  west, there is the Qinglong Canyon ropeway, which is

  800 meters in length, and 369 meters in drop height.

  In the east area, there are recreation items such as

  bungee, rock climbing, prompt drop, swing on water,

  and directional glide, etc. Since 1988, activities

  such as planting festival, appreciating flowers in

  the spring, passing summer in a leisurely way,

  picking fruits in the autumn, and snow and ice

  travel in the winter have attracted many tourists.

  There are more than 20 scenic spots, including

  clouds on the cliffs, dragon in the gully, foggy

  waves, old man peering at water, one stone and six

  sceneries, faerie on the tortoise, rabbit watching

  the city, rushing falls, Heaven Emperor’s stage,

  etc.

  Rushing Falls:The rain fall in July and August is

  abundant. When the water level reaches certain

  degree, there will be overflowing falls. The falls

  are 12 meters in width, and 50 meters in drop

  height. When the falls are rushing down, it looks

  like a white dragon flying down, full of power and

  grandeur.

  One stone and six sights:The stone takes on six

  different views when seen from different angles,

  respectively penguin, love stone, happy family,

  camel peak, mandarin-duck, and lion.

  Heaven Emperor’s Stage:530 meters in height, it is

  the highest peak in the scenic spot. While standing

  here, one can see the spacious water in Miyun

  Reservoir in the east, continuous fields of Jingbei

  Plain in the south, ancient Huairou city under the

  sunset in the west, and successive mountains and

  great wall in the north.

  (Source:

  http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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