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Shuiquan Canyon

In Brief: Hike hill trails and valley paths to on the way to Shuiquan Canyon, a bouldery valley in the Longquanyu area.

Shuiquan Canyon | Autumn colours in the hills above the canyon

Autumn colours in the hills above the canyon.

Key information

  • 380 RMB per person (340 RMB members)
  • 8:00am departure from Lido Hotel Starbucks; Liangmaqiao subway area pickup at 7:30am. Back in Beijing around 5:30pm. (Find the meeting points)
  • 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 10km.
  • Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.

After a short stroll along the side of the main road, and a quick scramble up through a dip in the Longquanyu Great Wall, we walk down a hillside trail through fields and into a small village.

The village is popular with weekend day trippers because it is right by the Longquanyu Great Wall, which we also love to visit for a day hike.

But today the focus of the walk isn’t the Great Wall, but the Shuiquan Canyon, a bouldery canyon with a small stream that flows down towards the Little West Lake.

On the other end of the village, through chestnut orchards and over the Great Wall again, we’ll find a steep track that leads down into the canyon.

Boulders near the Black Dragon Pool.
Boulders near the Black Dragon Pool. (Click for larger image)

Once we’re down into the canyon we’ll follow a short section of the Little West Lake park trail up to the Black Dragon Pool. We’ll use stepping stones to cross the first part of the pool, and then cross over large boulders and a rushing stream as we exit the park area.

It’s not far until the next big pool. Back in the day we used to have to use boats to cross this pool – it was either that or swim – but the boat team got kicked out for operating without permits and a little bridge was built instead. The little bridge isn’t in great shape, with some of the footboards missing. The frame of the bridge is solid, and you don’t need to worry about falling in the water.

Beyond that pool, the path continues over and around boulders as we hike up to the head of the canyon and out to the village where we finish the hike.

Notes

  • We used to do a version of this hike way back in the day, calling it 'Dragon Spring Valley'.
  • If you’ve been hiking with us for a long time, you might recognise parts of this trail from other hikes in the area.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 8km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Total ascent: 353m
  • Total descent: 459m
  • Start height: 559m
  • Peak: 571m
  • Lowest point: 359m
  • Finish height: 452m
  • Location: Yanqing
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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