The heat waves remind people that summer's footsteps have already arrived. The best thing you can do in the hot season is to go out for a tour of rafting, especially with your family and lover. Here are four recommended places for rafting around Beijing.
White River Resort is the only natural scenic spot for rafting in Beijing. It is one of China's best rafting resorts, loved by tourists. With a distance of 95 kilometers from Beijing and 40 kilometers from downtown Huairou (怀柔城区), the transportation is very convenient. rafting the whole distance is about 12 kilometers long on its 50 meters wide river surface; this will take you about half an hour. Each boat is only for two people, so that you can drive the boat as you want; you can control the direction by yourself or just let it gently float with the tide. During the rafting, you can enjoy the beautiful mountains on both sides of the river; you can see different plants painting the forest and hillsides, and crystal clear water running all the time. What a comfortable tour! It is an ideal place for rafting, entertainment, hiking, farm tourism and for viewing natural scenery.
With the slogan of "return to nature", Tang River boasts of its natural landscapes and unique original scenery. Without any traces of the artificial polish or bustle of downtown, everything there is natural, simple and pure. The average flow velocity of Tang River is 1.38 m/s. The narrowest point of the river is 50 meters, while the widest is 200 meters. It features several big vertical drops along the river, with torrents, and some valleys are flanked by towering mountains. You can enjoy the experience as your raft goes up and down with the waves. Going rafting in Tang River is very exciting!
North Beijing First Floating, also named "Dragon's Den" or "Wonderland of Clouds' Dreams", is a place where tourism was developed earlier and the cultural deposits are rich. It is famous for the breathtaking rafting project and picturesque scenery. In this scenic spot, there is also an amazing natural canyon, which people also call "Beijing's Brahmaputra Canyon". You can experience thrilling rapids and the beauty of the landscapes at the same time. What's more, activities like a bonfire party, a barbecue, a picnic, log cabin accommodation and open-air karaoke are offered in the North Beijing First Floating Entertainment Center.
1. Take the 916 fast bus from Dongzhi Gate Coach Station (东直门长途汽车站) to Huairou Bus Terminal (怀柔公交总站).
2. Find Yujiayuan Bus Station (于家园汽车站) in the bus terminal, and then take a bus to Baichazi Station (柏查子车站) in the direction of Tangkekou (汤河口).
3. Go backwards about 500 meters and you'll see the traffic light street intersection of Yunmengxianjing (Wonderland of Clouds' Dreams, 云梦仙境红绿灯口).
4. The intersection is still 6 kilometers from the rafting place; therefore it is advisable to go there by taxi (about 20 yuan).