Now that the hot weather of the summer season has officially descended upon all of China, everyone is fantasising about heading off to the largest (and coolest) body of water that they can find for some necessary R&R. While many of Heifei's more adventurous residents are flocking to water rafting destinations in nearby provinces, did you know that you can actually find pretty good rafting spots right on the outskirts of Hefei? Anhui Province is full of great destinations that are sure to exceed the expectations of even the strictest of water rafting enthusiasts!
1) White Horse Pond Rafting Scenic Area (白马潭漂流景区)View In Map
White Horse Pond (Baimatan) is considered the largest and most exciting rafting area in East China. This 5A tourist area is at the western foot of Taizhu Mountain, near the Qinghua River. Rafting the area takes about two hours, but may take longer if you want to check out any of the over 20 different scenic areas. You can also choose to use a regular raft or canoe. The local farmer's specialties, such as crispy rice soup, wild mountain tea, river fish, wild tree ear mushrooms, local chicken and duck dishes are both delicious and healthy.
Add: Matan Village, Shuihou Town, Qianshan County, Anqing City
Tel: 055 6815 2323
Price: 100 RMB for canoes, 90 RMB for rafts
Getting There: From Hefei Bus Station, get on the bus to Qianshan County (潜山县). Buses run every hour and will take about 2.5 hours. Single trip cost is about 49 RMB. Once you arrive at Qianshan County, switch to a local cab and head towards Baimatan (白马潭).
2) Moon Bay Rafting (月亮湾漂流)View In Map
Moon Bay (Yueliangwan) is known as Caicun Town's "premier bamboo spot", so it's no surprise that bamboo rafting is the main draw in this area. It is also considered one of the most beautiful tourist areas south of the Yangtze River, and a famous Chinese TV drama was once shot here. Rafting the area takes about two hours (it's about 700 m in length). Since this is such a popular rafting destination, many of the local women sell handicrafts and other items around the area. As compared to the other areas listed, rafting here is pretty smooth and comfortable, so there's no need to worry about getting wet (if you don't want to).
Add: Yueliang Bay, Caicun Town, Jing County, Xuancheng City
Tel: 056 3543 0888; 138 6549 9098; 159 5638 4038
Price: 90 RMB
Getting There: From Hefei Bus Station, take a bus to Jing County (泾县). It's about four hours and costs 50 RMB. Then, from Jing county's Jia Xiang Middle school (后在泾县稼祥中学附近), take the nearest bus to Caicun Town (蔡村镇) and tell the driver that you want to go to Yueliang Bay (月亮湾), about 6 RMB.
3) Lanshuihe Scenic Area (蓝水河漂流)View In Map
Lanshuihe Scenic area is situated between Yellow Mountain (黄山) and Jiuhua Mountain (九华山) scenic areas. The first premier of the People's Republic of China, Zhou Enlai once came here with famed founder of the People's Army, Ye Ting, for a bit of water rafting. The bamboo rafting area is about 6 km in length, and will take about 90 minutes to complete. Along the way, the river can get start to meander and you may encounter some thrill-inducing rapids (if you dare!): once you go through the entrance, you can drift through a dam area where you will ascend 10 meters and then drop below. As long as you hold on to the safety rings along the raft, your ride will be safe and smooth. The area around the river is very quiet and is therefore a place to feel carefree and relaxed.
Add: Lanshuihe Scenic Area, Xinming Village, Huangshan District, Huangshan City
Tel: 055 9855 6688; 128 6559 5985; 139 6550 2818
Price: 128 RMB
Tiantang Zhaijin Sanjiao Rafting. Photo 17u.net
4) Tiantang Zhaijin Sanjiao Rafting (天堂寨金三角漂流)View In Map
Tiantanzhai is located inside of the Dabie Mountain Area (大别山), which is also home to China's very last natural forest. Known as the "Natural Oxygen Bar" of China, this scenic spot has 108 different waterfalls, and is 96.5% covered by dense forest. The Jinsanjiao Rafting area has three different entrance/exit points, and runs a total of more than 6000 meters, including a thrill (fear)-inducing 100-meter drop. With the addition of some slower routes for the young ones and older generations, this place is the perfect place to bring the whole family.
Add: Tiantangzhai Scenic Area, Xinanjiao, Jinzhai County, Liu'an City (136 km from Liu'An City)
Tel: 056 4752 6260
Price: 148 RMB
Getting There: From Hefei take the tourist bus directly to Tiantangzhai (天堂寨). There is one bus daily at 07:20, which costs 70 RMB. If you can't make this bus, you can also take a bus from Hefei to Liu'an City, then switch over to a tourist bus once you arrive in Liu'an City.
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