Beijiushui River Laoshan
Beijiushui River Laoshan
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Well Shaded Hike of Laoshan
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2021
This was a great part of Laoshan National Park but was a little out of the way from the rest of the park. We misunderstood and thought we could take a bus from the Laoshan Tourist Service Center but you actually have to take a seperate bus near Beijiushiu metro station to get up here. The hike was about intermediate and there were plenty of places to stop for breaks and refreshments. We loved this section for the amount of shade throughout and the crystal clear water. It made for a very pleasant morning. When we got to the fork near the entrance we decided to go left to avoid the crowds and our gamble paid off as the path was less inclined going this way. We find the path the other way was quite steep and we prefer to walk down from the heights. Cost of a ticket into Laoshan is 210 yuan for three days to access all areas but you can also spend around 90 to get to specific ones. We think two days in Laoshan is perfect. There are cable cars in many of the sections and it is worthwhile asking attendants which ones are open if you need them. This section does not have a cable car. Plan to spend around 4 to 5 hours for this section including the busses to and from this area. I would recommend a good pair of shoes too. You may also want to bring a little bit of cash in case you need to buy refreshments mid snack as I could not got my WeChat pay working in some areas. As a side note there were quite a few friendly feral cats in the area when we went in July 2021 including some kittens.

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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a great part of Laoshan National Park but was a little out of the way from the rest of the park. We misunderstood and thought we could take a bus from the Laoshan Tourist Service Center but you actually have to take a seperate bus near Beijiushiu metro station to get up here. The hike was about intermediate and there were plenty of places to stop for breaks and refreshments.

We loved this section for the amount of shade throughout and the crystal clear water. It made for a very pleasant morning.

When we got to the fork near the entrance we decided to go left to avoid the crowds and our gamble paid off as the path was less inclined going this way. We find the path the other way was quite steep and we prefer to walk down from the heights.

Cost of a ticket into Laoshan is 210 yuan for three days to access all areas but you can also spend around 90 to get to specific ones. We think two days in Laoshan is perfect. There are cable cars in many of the sections and it is worthwhile asking attendants which ones are open if you need them. This section does not have a cable car. Plan to spend around 4 to 5 hours for this section including the busses to and from this area. I would recommend a good pair of shoes too. You may also want to bring a little bit of cash in case you need to buy refreshments mid snack as I could not got my WeChat pay working in some areas.

As a side note there were quite a few friendly feral cats in the area when we went in July 2021 including some kittens.
Written July 13, 2021
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Robert R
Chiang Mai, Thailand363 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Friends
Laoshan can be a touch confusing. It is the eastern suburb of Qingdao, it is a mountain area encompassing 446 square kilometers (172 square miles), and a beer brewed by the Tsing Tao brewery. I see a few reviews that indicate persons who have visited the various attractions in the Laoshan mountain range are a bit confused about which attraction they actually visited.
The Laoshan Scenic Area (the one bordering the coast) can be reached by City Bus routes 104 and 304 with connections at the Tourist service area which is clearly marked in English and Mandarin.

Beijiushui River is reached by City Bus routes 110 and 311, all of the buses for both areas have many stations along the downtown part of Hong Kong road. For Beijiushui, the buses last stop is the point where you can buy tickets and board bus 369 for the trip on up to the park. It is about 20 miles northeast of Qingdao. Your bus to either attraction will be going east (toward the sunrise) on HK Road when you board. Both areas require a significant amount of stair climbing to reach the scenic areas. Athletic or hiking shoes are strongly advised.
There will be private individuals who may approach you offering rides to the park, possibly offering the ablity to get you into these park free. Caution is advised, these persons often will sneak you into the park over a hazardous foot trail that may require stepping over concertina wire (the wire used in prison facilities.)
There is a village with restaurants and gift shops at the point Bus 369 drops off at the attraction. There are also vendors lining the route to the park selling snack items and beverages. The restaurants sell beer but, in the village, I saw none of the sidewalk vendors selling beer. After one enters the attraction, there are trail-side vendors who also have snack items and beer.
The Beijuishui River forms a deep canyon with huge boulders in the riverbed. I was advised that October affords the best water levels for the river. Winter and spring are the dry season in Qingdao and the river had a very small volume when I was there in late April of 2005. Never the less, there are still many great views. I saw numerous persons drinking river water and filling containers with the river water to take home.
The park pathway is made from stone with irregular step heights, unless you are in very good physical condition, the walk around the loop to see the waterfalls and the pagoda at the top will be challanging and leave you sore the following day. This is not a sprint event, take your time and rest when appropriate.
Qingdao is a city of 8.71 million (the size of Chicago) and a populalr China tourist attraction. Weekends and hoildays during the warm months are going to attract big crowds, weekdays will be less crowded.

Count on investing most of your day at Beijiushui, between the amount of time spent getting there and the time required to walk the entire loop route, you won't have much time to do anything else. The last buses back to Qingdao are at 4:40 pm. I would not depend on finding a taxi at the small town the Tourist Service facility is located.
Written April 28, 2015
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Barb3013G
Peoria, IL26 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Family
The Beijiushui River is also labeled "Laoshan Beijiushui (West Gate) on some maps. This is one of the northern park entrances to the beautiful Loashan Mountain park. A ride from downtown Qingdao will take about 40 minutes. Tickets are bought at the entrance, then buses will take you about 1-2 km into the park to the beginning of the trails. The trails are extremely well built with either wood or chiseled rock. Many sellers will greet you around the entrance, but past them you will find a great view of the river valley full of large sun-washed boulders and rushing water. There remains some garbage on the trail as locals still need to learn to manage their own trash. The hike will take 3-4 hours to enjoy the various water pools at various levels. the Lion Waterfall is a must see. The hike up can be quite tiring due to the many steps, but well worth the hike.
Written June 25, 2013
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johnnychips
Doncaster, UK309 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Friends
We went slightly out of season on a Thursday with a Chinese friend driving. It's a good job he was, as it took a lot of negotiating to let us pass the barriers at the car park at the valley entrance. It was a good 10km from there to the start of the waterfall walk, and there didn't seem to be a bus. We took a guide who offered us the choice of climbing the mountain, or being directed onto the waterfall path. Unfortunately the other members of the group were not as fit as me and wanted the easy option. He led us up the hill and round till he got us to the paved path up to the waterfalls and charged us Y200 for four. (Later we realised he had bypassed the official entrance gate and saved us Y160).

The scenery is spectacular with rocks, waterfalls, pagodas and the climax is when you round a corner, look up and see a rock that looks like a lion atop a waterfall, to find on closer inspection that it is a massive lion sculpted from the rock - a real 'wow' moment.

I wish the rest of my party were fitter as I would have liked to explored a lot more. Local tea bought on the path back made an excellent present - though again it helped to have a Chinese speaker to bargain with the vendor.
Written April 13, 2013
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beijingheart
Beijing78 contributions
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Mar 2012 • Couples
Great place to visit and very peacefull. Great views of the nearby Laoshan mountains.This is where the great Laoshan Mineral water is from. Makes good beer too I am told
Written November 5, 2012
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thomas a
Clermont, FL7 contributions
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May 2015 • Solo
Hit up some of the tour guides near zhongshan pier for the laoshan trip. If you attempt solo theres a chance youll get stranded, and miss a lot of the sights. taxis dont generally run from the mountain. If you get car sick. be sure to find a female driver as they dont take the mountain turns so harshly. Its about a 30 minute drive around winding mountains, and a thousand stairs to top. be prepared.
Written January 13, 2016
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katerinavr
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I love everything about this place! We took a local car randomly, shared by us and two other visitors. The driver was really nice. We climbed the mountain and stayed in the beaches for a while. There was also the farm for green tea which was organic. I really appreciate the people in Qingdao have a strong environmental-protection sense, unlike the others in other cities. Anyway, this place has incredible scenery! And the environment is so relaxing! A must-visit even if you're not interested in the nature!!
Written September 24, 2012
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Edyharto
Singapore, Singapore552 contributions
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Jan 2012 • Friends
Our tour guide Lee Chin was relating wonderful reviews of Mount Laoshan, the old temple, the old cypress trees and the scenic sights. As we arrived at the ticket counter our eyes wondered afar and see nothing fantastic. But as soon as the environment friendly bus took us along the route up to Mount Laoshan, we can understand why it is so famous for its scenic sights.

I read somewhere that there are three tourist routes for Mount Laoshan. I don't know which one this is but we soon arrive at the age-old temples. We were met by a temple guide. He explained with all enthusiasm the way how we should clasp our hands to pray to the gods of heaven, male with the right hand and females with the left covering the right.

Soon we were led to the ancient cypress tree and the evergreen one just outside the entrance to one to the temples.

As if by prior arrangement, we were led to a hall, full of people and servers giving us sachets of amulet. We were asked what our zodiac signs are and told to pray to one of the gods protecting us in this year of the dragon. Then we were asked to pay for six of the sachets, one for CNY 30. When asked, we wanted to have only one, but relented upon the persuasion of the server - CNY 180. We don't know what we will do with these sachets!

Next we were told to enter another hall where we could light a merit lamp for the gods. A total of six were displayed for us to accept - CNY 100 each, that is a total of CNY 600!
As we usually light a merit lamp, we asked for one and after a few minutes of bargaining, we bought one. It was lighted and left on an earthern pot with unlighted merit lamps floating on waters.

We were forewarned but the warning was very subtle. We were told that when Emperor Qin Shi Huang was alive and seeking the pills of longevity, he visited Qingdao many times. Each time he came, he lived here and so we could see that there were many temples and also folklores surrounding this island, eg, the eight immortals crossing the water! The Emperor was misled to believe that there was pill of longeviity! So it is not surprising that we were also `fleeced'!

For those who were more alert, they rejected the sale of the sachets and the merit lamps!

I asked the guide what tourist route was this, but it appears that this is the only one as the others were closed.

It was winter time and almost all the trees looked barren and dry. But the calmness, minus the two prayer halls I mentioned was there. And the mountainous landscape bordered by the sea was a wonderful scene for photos! As we reached the viewing point of one of the temple, we looked out to see the misty island, said to be a living paradise as the people are rich and happy.......
Written February 20, 2012
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yapts
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Couples
My in laws, my husband and I booked a cab to Laoshan. At the junction of the "Sansui" (literally means Three Waters), there was a road barriered up. A man waved to us and claimed that that is the only way up to the Inner Nine Waters and he can lead us up there on the condition that we must dine at his restaurant.

After taking into consideration of f my in-laws's age and health condition, I decided to give in and took the 'short cut' up. My in-laws stayed at the restaurant as they are not fit to climb up the scenic area. While they were waiting, they ordered a chicken and a fish. They did asked for the price of the fish, at RMB70. After my husband and I came back from the scneic area, I ordered some so called Wild Mushroom and Wild Vegetable, which cost RMB45 and RMB30 respectively. I thoguht the veggies were expensive but I felt that I had no choice. I did not check the price of the dishes my in laws orderd, as they told me it's reasonable.
Howevver, it turned out that they did not ask for the price of the chicken, which cost us RMB180, it's chicken soup boiled with 3 stalks of parsley. Now this is not one of those posh places, they run a Inn which costs RMB30 per night!

One of the things that really pisses me when travelling in China (besdies excessive entrance fees at every little place) is this - it's full of traps, and they don't cheat you for a small amount. But as a foreigner, one feels helpless. And I actually knew the language to be able to get around as independent traveler.

It's such a pity because it is a beautiful country. But traveling here is so much more stressful even if you knew the language.

They only thing I can do is to post this on as many websites as possible.

Later I found out that there is another route in besides the barriered road. I don't know if my cab driver had not known it before or had some dels with the restaurant. Ps I heard all restaurants take turn to man the barriered road so it does not matter which one I dined at, but the name is Hong Sheng
Written September 11, 2011
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johnnychips
Doncaster, UK309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
Last time I visited the Beijiushui area I was lucky enough to have a Chinese friend to take me. This time I decided to do it myself. The bus 511 runs from the station along Hong Kong Road. I thought about doing it on the Tombsweeping day holiday, but by the time the bus got to my stop, the conductress was trying to push people on and off, so I gave it a miss and tried next day. I would definitely recommend midweek. The problem is the 511 only runs five times a day, and unless you are an early bird, the best one is the one leaving the station at 0830.
Anyway, these buses have conductresses and if you say 'Beijiushui ' and wave kuai notes, they will take the right amount. Mine cost Y5 from Hong Kong Middle Road (confusingly Y6 back). It takes about an hour and drops you at the visitors centre.

Entry is Y 95 and the tour bus drives a few kilometres to the car park. Then you pass some tourist stalls and a riverside path to the main entrance ( you could also cross a bridge to a village if you want facilities). The route is excellent and after a straight section there is a circular route via bridges, waterfalls and a nunnery to a peak about 650m above sea level. Trainers are fine, though it can get breezy. On the way down there are two really good waterfalls, don't miss the one with a lion sculpture on top, it is really amazing.

The convenient bus back is a 311 at 1500. It was packed, and I had to stand for an hour. There is an exceptional 110 bus at 1530 back to town and the last one is a 311 at 1640. A 112 bus seemed to operate from the visitor centre more frequently, but I couldn't work out where it went!

A really great day on Lao Shan again, one of the magic places of China.
Written April 24, 2015
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