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How to visit the Shilinxia Scenic Area

Monday, August 19th, 2019
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Plan your Beijing excursion to escape the bustle and hustle of city life? The Shilinxia Scenic Area (石林峡) is a good destination out of Beijing city to touch the unique stone ans rock formations in a 6-km long valley or gorge.

“Shilinxia” literally means “stone forest gorge”. The gorge is located in Diaowo Village at Huangsongyu Township of Pinggu District, 100km east of Beijing city proper.

Besides its official name as “Shilinxia Scenic Area”, it also has several different names such as “Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge”, “Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge” and “Jingdong Stone Canyon”.

The Shilinxia Scenic Area is only 10km to the north of Jingdong Karst Cave, both of which are part of Pinggu Huangsongyu National Geopark. Many travelers would like to put the two attractions together on a day trip.

To get to the Shilinxia Scenic Area, you may take the public bus 852 or 918 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District.

The Bus 852 is faster than Bus 918. Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local bus No.25 for the Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge or Valley.

For self-drive, just drive along the Jingping Expressway and get off at Pinggu District and follow the road sign leading to the Shilingxia scenic Area.

Entrance Fee for Shilinxia Scenic Area : 78 RMB
Children under 1.2 meters are free of charge
Entry fee for the glass sightseeing platform inside Shilinxia Scenic Area : 40 RMB
Cable Car (one way): 100 RMB
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30 (closed in winter season)
Add: Diaowo Village,Huangsongyu Township, Pinggu District

Enquiry: 69986123, 60987678 ( Beijing Tourist Information Center)
Complaint: 60987678
Rescue: 60987922

Travel Tips:
Smoking, campfires and barbecues are forbidden in the scenic area. Just follow the road sign and keep from unmarked areas.

The rocks in the Shilinxia Scenic Area is composed of marine sedimentary sandstones that dates back to 1.9 billion years ago. At that time, the canyon or the gorge was just a crystal basement consisting of metamorphic rocks.

Then like the whole area of Beijing, this area was attacked for the first time by the sea transgression in the history of geology, which lasted one billion years. As a result, the sedimentary rock like the sandstones came into being.

The sandstones in the Shilinxia was formed under a coastal environment. Well, follow me and enter the Shilinxia Scenic Area.

At the entrance, there is a signboard with a brief introduction to the Shilinxia Scenic Area and its 1 and half hour travel route.

To walk close to the entrance to the Shilinxia Scenic Area, you have to cross over a stone bridge leading to the final entrance.

cross over a stone bridge leading to the final entrance

A man-made huge rock-typed entrance carved with three big Chinese characters “石林峡” – the Shilinxia.

Once you are inside the scenic area, you have two choices to travel the 6km long valley – either walk on foot or you pay extra RMB50 to take a cable car up to the top of the Shiling Peak.

pay extra RMB50 to take a cable car up to the top of the Shiling Peak


Most travelers prefer to hike along the narrow (about 3 meters wide) valley to touch the greatness of the sandstone gorge.

Walking on the rock mountain road gives you a kind of adventure.

Walking on the rock mountain road gives you a kind of adventure.


A stream is winding down past the cracks of the rocks.

A stream is winding down past the cracks of the rocks.


This is the Shilinxia Peak (Stone Forest Peak). The peak looks like a forest of stones, hence the name for the Shilinxia Scenic Area.

Carry a giant rock on the back. Walking along the deep valley brings much romance to the couple.

Walking along the deep valley brings much romance to the couple.

A huge rock on the cliff

A huge rock on the cliff


Move on further in the gorge for a kind of adventure.

Move on further in the gorge for a kind of adventure.

400 meters high from the bottom of the cliff

The world’s largest glass sightseeing platform is open to the public starting from May 01,2016, attracting a consistent flow of visitors.

It stands on the highest point on the mountain in the scenic area.

The major Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing

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 with Glass Sightseeing Platform 
Beijing Family Visit Summer Day Tour with Glass Sightseeing Platform
Beijing Family Visit Autumn Day Tour with Glass sightseeing Platform

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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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