What to do and see in Qingyuan, China: The Best Places and Tips

October 5, 2017 Layne Dawes

Qingyuan, formerly romanized as Tsingyun, is a prefecture-level city in northern Guangdong, China, on the banks of the Bei or North River. During the 2010 census, its total population was 3,698,412, out of whom 1,510,044 lived in the urbanized Qingcheng and Qingxin districtss. The primary spoken language is Cantonese. Covering 19,015 km (7,342 sq mi), Qingyuan is Guangdong's largest prefecture by land area. The urban core is surrounded by mountainous areas but is directly connected with Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta by Highway 107.
Restaurants in Qingyuan

1. Qingyuan Huanglongxia Drifting

Yinzhan Town, Qingcheng District, Qingyuan 511542, China
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Qingyuan Huanglongxia Drifting

Reviewed By ghoussaini - Guangzhou, China

Very nice and full of adventure, make sure that you have no kids if your going to this place, helpful tip buy a water cover for your phone near the ticket place to enjoy taking photos through the drifting because they will charge you big money for the photos.

2. Gulong Gorge

Qinghe Avenue, Qingxin County, Qingyuan 511800, China +86 763 520 0586
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Gulong Gorge

Reviewed By KodoDrummer - Yekaterinburg, Russia

As noted on one of the sites in the Gulong Canyon Ecological Tourist Area, Gulong Canyon is in the Mountains of North Canton. The area contains high Mountains covered in greenery, deep river Valleys, majestic Waterfalls with tree twists and overlapping layers of dropping water, exotic flowers and trees, areas of lush cane growth, caves, dense primitive jungles, over 2,000 kinds of national protected animals and plants, and some of Chinese’s best breathtaking, tranquil and amazing views.
A great place to spend a day and fill yourself with organic views.

3. Qingyuan Xuanzhen Drifting

Xuanzhen Road, Qingxin County 511800, China +86 20 8362 0775
Excellent
12%
Good
76%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Qingyuan Xuanzhen Drifting

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor China Member

11月去的,真心有点冷了,不过漂流真的很赞,落差大,河道长,足足玩了一个半小时,一直充斥着尖叫和欢乐!储物柜也要收费,所以漂流之前要带点钱!我们住在玄真度假村里面,环境一般,这能算是经济快捷酒店的水平,没有度假村的级别!吃饭一定要到度假村外面吃,酒店里的不好吃,清远鸡可是尝一下,又滑又嫩!

4. Panlong Gorge Ecological Resort

Deqing County, Qingcheng District, Qingyuan 526637, China
Excellent
27%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Panlong Gorge Ecological Resort

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor China Member

观光步道还是可以的,途中有一些瀑布,可以拍照。里面有一些游乐设施,费用都不便宜,好多旅游团的人连问都不想问;景区管理人员改检讨一下了。如果天气暖一点来的话,应该更漂亮。滑索蛮刺激的。漂流和台湾的漂流比起来差的太远太远了,根本懒得问。

5. Sea Turtle Reserve Area

Turtle Bay, Gangkou Town, Huidong County 516300, China
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Sea Turtle Reserve Area

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor China Member

少儿科普较好的地方,担忧的也很多,双月湾正在过度的商业开发,游客抛弃的垃圾到处可见,海龟的最后的这块生息净土还能保留多久呢?

6. Xinyinzhan Hot Spring

Yinzhan Toll Station of 107 National Road , Longtang District, Qingyuan 511500, China +86 763 368 0888
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Xinyinzhan Hot Spring

Reviewed By herenthere1

This place is about 30 minutes by car from the Sofitel Riverside Hotel. I'm sure a taxi here would not cost too much. You won't find any English spoken at the hot spring, but they will do their best to show you the ropes by pointing and gestures. A day ticket last week cost 118 yuan. There is also hotel accomodation here.
There are lockers provided for your stuff and a separate area to care for valuables if you do not feel the locker is sufficient - I felt the locker was fine. The locker contains your towel and some slip-on rubber shoes. There are clean showers provided for you to wash before and after enjoying the hot spring - they provide everything for you, shampoo, body wash, even a plastic bag for your wet swimwear. It's worth noting that the toilet facilities are of the hole in the floor variety.
I arrived at around 11 on a sunny Saturday morning and there were very few people around. There were numerous hot pools and some cold pools. A couple of which included Waterfalls to sit under. There was not a great range of temperatures in between hot and cold. The water is very clear and it's odourless. The signs are in English and tell you the mineral content and temperature. I often found, though, that the tempertures weren't an accurate guide to whether another pool would turn out to be hotter or cooler than the one I was in.
Many of the pools were closed for cleaning when I arrived, but I think they may have opened when a lot more people arrived in the afternoon. Most of the hot pools are designed to look as natural as possible, giving the appearance of being made of rocks, and many have trees round them and/or a shady roof, There is a road nearby so, sadly, there are some pools where you can hear and smell the traffic, but not in all of them so, overall, this does not spoil the place.
Soft drinks and water are provided for free. There is a restaurant but there are also picnic areas. I also noticed quite a bit of play equipment for children.
My favourite things were the jacuzzi area and the "interesting fish". The jacuzzi area contained 2 pools of swimming size but kneeling depth. One pool is warmer than the other. Within the pool are many different arrangements of underwater jets which are operated by tapping a sensor. There is also a fantastic variety of high pressure showers. I spent ages in this area.
I wasn't sure a would enjoy being nibbled by "interesting fish", but it turned out to be just the most relaxing experience. It costs an extra 28 yuan for an adult entry, but it's worth it. The fish tend to direct their attention to your feet and your hands if you can keep them low and still. It feels like having lots of little bubbles blown at you. I would have sworn I was only in there 30 minutes but when I checked it was over 90 minutes and I'd have stayed longer if I hadn't had a deadline to leave.
I believe there are also other pool with thing like milk added, but I did not visit any of these.
A cautionary note about the power of the sun - I was sure I had kept to the shaded areas but ended up with very burnt shoulders, so take sunblock and use it or go when it's raining.
Overall, I think this is a convenient, relaxing and enjoyable place to spend a day. It was the highlight of this business trip to China.

7. Jinji Yan

Panlong Montain, Qingyuan, China
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
16%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Jinji Yan

Reviewed By vyychan - Macau, China

This is an amazing cave. The cave is deep and is like air-conditioned. However, be careful with the temple. The tour guide tends to lead to to worship, pray, pay, pay and pay. The cave is quite spectacular, and the stone rooster is quite remarkable. it seems visitors need to go to the temple in order to go to the cave. The cave entrance is at the left hand side, a very tiny entrance. It is quite slippery, so wear some good shoes.

8. Xiaobeijiang Pleasure Boat of Qingyuan

Jiangkou Wharf, Yuantan Town, Qingxin County, Qingcheng District, Qingyuan 529020, China
Excellent
15%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
15%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Xiaobeijiang Pleasure Boat of Qingyuan

Reviewed By nicolaanthony - Panyu

This is usually part of the itinerary if you choose a package with a tour group to go drifting. The food is very basic and not very appetizing at all and it is shared on a large table usually accommodating fellow tour travelers with not the best of manners or etiquette.

9. Qingyuan Taihe Ancient Cave

Taihe Town, Qingxin County 511800, China
Excellent
25%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
50%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Qingyuan Taihe Ancient Cave

Reviewed By isaoisao

下側は緩やかな上り坂で横には小川がある。人も少なく話し声が聞こえない時は中国にいる事を忘れさせてくれる。
後半は昔ながらの急な階段になり、頂上の寺までは非常にキツい。約1時間で登頂。
ここだけに行く気にはならないが、ラフティングで来たついでに行くにはアリ。

10. Guxiangli Theme Park

Shijiao Town, Qingcheng District, Qingyuan 511545, China
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Guxiangli Theme Park

Reviewed By KodoDrummer - Yekaterinburg, Russia

Guxiangli Theme Park (aka Hometown Neighbourhood Theme Park) is located beside the Country Garden bus terminal. It is about a 50 minute drive from downtown Guangzhou and 12 minutes from the Mayland Resort Hotel. It is a great theme park. It certainly exceeded my expectations. Going in, I thought that I would be out in less than an hour. To my surprise, I spent more than three hours in the park and I took over a thousand photos and a couple of videos. I would have taken more, but I had used up all my battery power. I uploaded many of the photos and one video to TripAdvisor.
Park highlights which include:
1. Many historic looking buildings (Lingnan Old Buildings), with the majority housing the park’s collection of exhibits and artefacts. These exhibits include: an abacus exhibition; oil lamps; old to ancient rulers (i.e., for measuring); steelyard; old to ancient; kitchenware and food storage; living quarters of the poor and middle class; teapots; antique furniture; antique infant articles; electric products and telephones of yesteryears; an adult-only building containing hundreds of pieces of erotic/adult art, chinaware, and artefacts; antique clothing; antique weapons; antique fans; chopstick exhibition; a very rare and beautiful display of stones which look like various foods; antique porcelain pillows, and much more.
2. An ancestral hall;
3. Numerous beautiful bronze statues spread throughout the park;
4. Various unique, large rocks on display;
5. A 30-minute performance by two members of the Hometown Neighbourhood Military Band. I believe this performance is given about three times a day;
6. A large children’s amusement and play area. This includes bounce cars, swinging pirate ship, mountain rafting, merry-go-round, small train, bumper cars, terror city, a 6D cinema, kangaroo jump, laser chariots, a pool for going into the water to catch fish, walking on a rope bridge, and more.
7. A waterway loaded with what I’ll call large Chinese goldfish (Cryprinus Carpiod). A few people were feed the hundreds which they attracted;
8. Wax displays of ancient Chinese people performing everyday activities;
9. Farm and zoo areas;
10. Many dwarf trees and plants spread throughout the park; and,
11. Numerous handicrafts spread throughout the park which give an indication of the wisdom of our forefathers.
Regular adult admission fee is 90 rmb per person, 38 rmb if you come as a guest of a property owner in the subdivision, and free for those who own property in the subdivision. The 90 rmb price can also be reduced by purchasing the ticket online, but this service is only available in Chinese; thus, get a friend to buy it for you. It is free for those over 66, and a discounted price of 60 rmb for those 60 to 65. I am uploading the entry fare schedule.

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