Flying Dragon Valley in Pinggu

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Flying Dragon Valley (Feilong Gu, or Feilong Valley 飞龙谷) is reputed as “Beijing’s Zhangjiajie” for its magnificent sandstone peaks and valley. This north-south canyon is a 8 km-long, 20m wide and 7m wide at the narrowest.

The ravine is located between Diaowo Village and Lishugou Village, Huangsongyu Township of Pinggu District, about 110km east of Beijing. The gorge is well known for its deep valley, original sandstones, thick forest, beautiful waters and mysterious caves.

Flying Dragon Valley is an important component of Pinggu National Geopark which also consists of Jingsong Karst Cave and the Shilinxia Scenic Area. In the Flying Dragon Valley, there are several developed pay attractions like “Ten Thousand Buddha Gorge”(千佛峡) and “Hudong Shui” (Lake Cave Water 湖洞水).

How to get there?
Take the public bus 918 starting from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub to the Pinggu Bus Terminal, then change for the local bus 25 for Diaowo Village or Lishugou Village. No entrance fee for the canyon itself, but you have to pay to visit the Shilinxia Scenic Area, the Ten Thousand Bhuhhda Gorge and the Donghushui Scenic Area.

Travel tips
The best time to visit the canyon is between April and October. You may take a private car to drive along the valley and have some pictures from the high terrace on the mountains. If you have strong legs, walking in the valley is highly recommended. Both Diaowo Village and Lishuigou Village provide homestay and farmhouse meals for travelers.

Let’s go!

The Bus No.25 runs to Diaowo Village and Lishugou Village from the Bus Terminal of Pinggu District.

Flying Dragon Canyon starts from Diaowo Village streches to Lishugou Village with a total length of 8km. Driving past Huangsongyu Reservoir, We enter the Diaowo Village.

Driving past Huangsongyu Reservoir, We enter the Diaowo Village

Now we are entering Flying Dragon Valley. We are driving past the center of the Lishugou Village. The big rock is carved with the name of the village in Chinese 梨树沟.

 

 

We are driving past the center of the Lishugou Village

The mountain road on the bottom of the valley is well built with cement and asphalt lined with wire poles topped with solar powered lights.

The mountain road on the bottom of the valley is well built with cement and asphalt

A narrow pass through the valley

A narrow pass through the valley

The entrance to the Donghushui Scenic Area.The entrance to the Ten Thousand Buddha Gorge.The sandstone peaks of various sizes stand on the both sides of the valley.

The sandstone peaks of various sizes stand on the both sides of the valley.

 A signal tower in the valley with autumn hues.

A signal tower in the valley with autumn hues.

The Flying Dragon Valley has a peculiar natural landscape, which features original sandstones.

The Flying Dragon Valley has a peculiar natural landscape, which features original sandstones.

Driving zigzag up on to the top of the mountain.

Driving zigzag up on to the top of the mountain.

Now we are on the high platform on the top of the mountain and looking down at the roads with hairpin turns

looking down at the roads with hairpin turns

 Having an eye-bird’s view of the Flying Dragon Valley from the top.

Having an eye-bird’s view of the Flying Dragon Valley from the top.

The major Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing
Diaowo Village is an interesting place to explore the suburban life in Beijing, having a bite of the local village food, drinking, barbecuing, fishing and more. The village is located about 35km to the southwest of the Peach Orchard in Pinggu.

More major attractions in Pinggu:

1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake
4) Pinggu Glass Sightseeing Platform
5) Jingdong Karst Cave
6) Huangsongyu Reservior
7) Diaowo Village

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Glass Sightseeing Platform
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit the glass sightseeing platform, no worry and we have the following options:

Beijing Family Visit Springtime Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Summer Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Autumn Day Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
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4 Responses to “Flying Dragon Valley in Pinggu”

  1. Erin says:

    Is the Flying Dragon Valley the same as the Jingdong Grand Canyon? On the english-visitbeijing.com.cn website it listed getting to Jingdong Grand Canyon as 918 from Dongzhimen, Bus 14 from Dongdaqiao or Bus 111 from Chongwenmen. Does that mean these 3 buses leave from various Beijing sites all arriving at the same place in Pinggu? It did not list any connecting bus to Jingdong Grand Canyon. Plus it listed the entry as 60rmb. Hoping for a little more guidence in getting to the Jingdong Grand Canyon. Thank you.

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Erin,

    Jingdong Grand Canyon is different from the Flying Dragon Valley. Jingdong Grand Canyon is located 5km to the west of Jingdong Karst Cave. The Jingdong Grand Canyon is similar to the Shilinxia Scenic Area in terms of landscapes.

    As for how to get from Beijing downtown to the Jingdong Grand Canyon, the information from visitbeijing.com.cn may be outdated. You should take either Bus 852 0r 918 from Dongzhimen to the downtown of Pinggu. No matter you take bus 852 or 918, you all get off at the final stops at the Pinggu New Bus Station (平谷新车站). In the Pinggu New Bus Station, you will find the Bus 12 going for the Jingdong Grand Canyon. By the way, the Pinggu New Bus Station is the 4th stop of Bus 12 which arrive at the Jingdong Grand Canyon as its final stop.

  3. tHinzAr says:

    Hello,

    can I go only one day from Beijing to both of Flying Dragon Valley & glass sightseeing bridge in pinggu?
    thanks in advance.

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear tHinzAr,

    Suggest you arrange your own transport instead of using the time-consuming public bus.

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