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Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

In Brief: Head out to Yunmeng Gorge for a hike-and-swim combo – perfect for hot weather!

Swimming at Yunmeng Gorge

Enjoy the water at Yunmeng Gorge.

Key information

  • 4–5 hours start to finish over 10km.

Limited space available, sign up early!

Early start! We’re leaving early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

The sandy beaches and pools of water in Yunmeng Gorge make a perfect place to picnic and swim, especially when you need to escape from the city.

We’ll walk up the gorge and find a good spot, and you can take a dip in the water or follow our guides for a longer hike up into the hills.

The longer hike will be sort of an exploratory mission: there’s a really interesting looking boulder-filled valley that goes further up into the mountains, and we’ve always been curious about what is further up there. We’ll see where we can get within the time available—perhaps we’ll be able to find the source of the river.

If you’d prefer to concentrate on swimming, just relax in the water or in nearby area. The guides will let you know when it’s time to head out.

Planned itinerary

07:30 — bus leaves from Liangmaqiao
08:00 — bus leaves from Lido Hotel
10:00 — arrive at Yunmeng Gorge, start hiking
11:30 — arrive at picnic spot, free time for 2 hours
13:30 — start hiking out of the gorge
15:00 — back at the bus
15:30 — start driving back to Beijing
17:30 — arrive back at Lido Hotel
17:45 — arrive at Liangmaqiao
All times approximate

What to bring on this hike

  • Bring your own picnic lunch to eat
  • Sun protection: long-sleeved shirt, hat
  • Swim wear and a towel, if you plan to swim
  • A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
  • A light rain coat or poncho, just in case
  • Good hiking boots
  • (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)

 

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level2

Level of difficulty

Level 2 hikes are not too tough: maybe a bit hilly, but no very long climbs. This type of hike will usually be suitable for children – but please check with us if you are not sure.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: approx 10km
  • Location: Miyun
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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