As Guangzhou's daily scorchers get more and more frequent, so does the desire to escape the city and get a breath of fresh air. Rafting is an exciting way to relieve stress, feel the cool (clean) breeze and get that adrenaline pumping. So grab your oars, canoes, and whatever else you need and head out to forget the heat. Here are the four top spots for rafting around Guangzhou.
1) Huang Teng Gorge 黄腾峡峡谷漂流 View In Map
Huang Teng Gorge is 92 km away from Guangzhou, about a 1.3-hour trip from the city. This rafting area is known as the smaller "Jiuzhaigou", a well known natural area in Sichuan, because the water, air, and scenery are a close match to the original pristine nature reserve. The rafting area is 4.8 kilometers long, and takes two hours or so to complete. The total drop length is 168 meters, with the highest of the drops being 12 meters.
The rafting area is split into three courses: The 4.8-kilometer long "Brave Warrior" (勇猛漂), the 2.8-kilometer "Natural Warrior" (天然猛士) and the 2-kilometer "Scenic Brave Warrior" (观景勇士). This gorge also has a water park, complete with mountain water slides and scenic shuttle rides. This place is a great choice for the novice rafter or for families.
Add: Dongcheng Jie, Qingcheng District, Qingyuan City (3.8 kilometers away from the city district)
Tel: 63 3906 999/189 2256 5656
Opening hours: 13:00-15:00 (weekdays), 9:00-16:00 (weekends)
Price: 158 RMB (Natural Warrior); 188 RMB (Scenic Brave Warrior); 288 RMB (Brave Warrior)
Getting there: First take a bus from Guangzhou to Qingyuan, and then take bus 24 to Huangtengxia Scenic Area
2) Jinlong Gorge 金龙峡漂流 View In Map
Qingyuan is known as China's rafting village, and Jinlong rafting is the number one spot for rafting in Qingyuan. Located in Yinzhan Valley Natural Scenic Area (银盏谷原始生态风景区), this rafting hot spot is 70 kilometers (about one hour) from Guangzhou. The 4.3 km river is in the depths of a mountain and the highest fall is 20 meters high. You can raft the whole area in an hour and a half while enjoying the natural scenery.
Add: Yinzhan Hollow, Longtang Village, Qingcheng District, Qingyuan
Tel: 0763 3363 921
Opening hours: 14:00-15:50 (weekdays); 11:00-12:00, 14:00-15:50 (weekends)
Price: 198 RMB/person
Getting there: take the bus from Guangzhou to Qingyuan, and then switch to the direct bus to Yinzhan, you can also take a cab (approximately 50 RMB)
3) Furong Canyon 芙蓉峡漂流View In Map
Furong Canyon Rafting is known as Guangzhou's number one rafting site (55 km, 1 hour away from Guangzhou). The rafting area is 5 kilometers long, and has a drop of over 100 meters, which takes approximately two hours to complete. The entire rafting area is split into the Adventurous Warrior (探险猛士漂), the Thrilling Warrior (惊险勇士漂), the Happy-Go-Lucky Rafting Area (快乐逍遥漂), and the Romantic Evening Rafting Area (浪漫夜间). The Thrilling Warrior is 5,000 kilometers long, while the Happy-Go-Lucky route runs over 2,000 meters. The latter is perfect for those who want to relax, take in the scenery, and have a cool and pleasant summer experience.
Add: (Near the Peach Garden Villa) Furong Tourist Resort Area, Shanqian Dadao, Huadu District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 8685 3112
Opening hours: 14:00-15:30 (weekdays); 10:00-15:30 (weekends)
Price: 110 RMB
Getting there: From Guangzhou take the passenger bus direct to Huadu station (available every 10 minutes, 12 RMB, 30 minutes travel time), then from Huadu head to the right of the station exit and take Bus 772 to the resort area (4 RMB, 30 minutes travel time.)
4) Panlong Gorge 盘龙峡漂流 View In Map
Panlong Gorge is 200 kilometers away from Guangzhou, or a 3.5-hour drive out. The most alluring feature of this rafting area is that it has China's #1 Brave Warrior rafting area. The area is 2.8 kilometers long with a 5-meter drop, and the trip is wavy to the extreme, perfect for those who really want a challenge. This rafting area also has a smoother "Happy" route, which is 2 kilometers in length and has beautiful scenery for all of you nature buffs. This route is best for those who want to relax and take it easy.
Add: Panlong Gorge Scenic Area, Guanwei Town, Deqing County, Zhaoqing City
Tel: 0758 7235 038
Opening hours: 10:00-16:30
Price: 218 RMB (Brave Warrior); 148 RMB (Happy Rafting)
Getting there: Take the Jiaokou Line Bus from Guangzhou to Deqing (7:00-18:30, 55 RMB), after you get to Deqing take the Panlong tourism line (four buses available daily: 8:30, 10:30, 13:30, 15:30; 10 RMB)
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