Intelligence Valley | Crossing a small stream in Intelligence Valley
Crossing a small stream in Intelligence Valley.

Intelligence Valley and Liyuan Library

A relaxing stroll that follows a stream through a wooded valley, passing pools and sandy beaches on the way to the end.

Level 2
2–3 hours start to finish over 5.5km (Can I do it?)

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Why is this hike called Intelligence Valley? Because – it's said – that if you walk down the valley, you will become more intelligent! Try it out! And be sure to not walk up the valley—you might lose some of your smarts!

The Intelligence Valley hike is one of the easiest ones we've got, and it's a good choice for young children.

It's a flat hike, and offers some shade while hiking alongside a stream and over rocks through the valley. We've got some walking sticks to bring along - these will assist with balance in slippery spots.

Along the way are several swimming holes. The biggest of these is near the end of the hike, and is called the Dragon Pool. The Dragon Pool is a deep pond carved into a huge granite boulder, and we'll stop for a snack and see if we spot any swimmers.

After finishing our walk through the valley we will arrive at Shentangyu Park, and walk out to meet our bus. We'll take a short drive to the guesthouse of one of our farmer friends for a nice big lunch of homestyle Chinese food, and then head home.

The outside of the Liyuan Library
The outside of the Liyuan Library. (Click for larger image)

Just before we get into Intelligence Valley we'll walk past the Liyuan Library, an incongruously architectural building that's been called “the world’s most beautiful library”. It's sort of a semi-private library, so we'll make a special arrangement with the caretaker to be sure we can get in for a look. We'll stop there for 30 minutes at most.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • It's a short hike, and we take it really slow.

More photos

In Intelligence Valley

Crossing a wooden bridge in Intelligence Valley
Looking across Yanqi Lake. (Click for larger image)
Intelligence Valley in winter
Intelligence Valley in winter. (Click for larger image)

Liyuan Library

Crossing a bridge by the Liyuan Library
Crossing a bridge by the Liyuan Library. (Click for larger image)
Inside the Liyuan Library
Inside the Liyuan Library. (Click for larger image)

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