Hiking, rappelling, caving, stream rafting, lake kayaking. Get outdoors and cool down on this three-day roadtrip to Qiandao Lake.
Experience beginner-level adventure caving in the wriggling karst geoform caverns of Jilong Mountain’s Wolong ‘Dragon Berth’ Cave. Take a 2-hour splash ride river rafting on mountain streams. Explore a frozen realm of still waterfalls, icicles, ice-sheet walls and solid ice pillars in the Jiangnan artificial Ice Cave, and enjoy scenic morning kayaking, plus games, guided by a pro.
All the cool Jiangnan has to offer, all on the road to the 'thousand island' lake.
Meet up. Hike. Jinniu ‘Golden Calf’ Cave. Mountain village lunch. Rockface abseiling. Wolong ‘Dragon Berth’ Cave. Tunnel exploring. Baozi Cliff. Coach to Jiande. Check in.
Meet up. Set out.
Meet up at the designated meeting point and get acquainted, then board the travel coach. Ride roughly two hours, then step out at the Jilong mountain trail mouth in Yaolin Village, Tonglu County.
Arrive. Hike. Jinniu ‘Golden Calf’ Cave. Mountain village lunch.
On the trail, we wind our way up the mountain to discover the first cave of the day – Jinniu ‘Golden Calf’ Cave. Jinniu’s caverns are spacious and open, allowing comfortable airflow, which makes them a cool natural retreat in the hotter months.
Afterwards we arrive at a mountain village. Stop to eat and have a break.
Rockface abseiling. Wolong ‘Dragon Berth’ Cave. Tunnel exploring.
Finish lunch, then experience rockface abseiling - strap on your equipment and follow the professionals into a dramatic 40-meter abseil from the cliffs above down to the open mouth of Jilong’s ‘Dragon Berth’ Cave.
When you’re down, twist on your headlamp, turn on your GoPro, and take your first steps inside the massive limestone cavern. Past a thousand stalactite teeth, by the flash of your torchlight, follow the winding zigzag of the cavern walls.
Explore through the tunnel depths for two hours to reach the opening. Make your way to the sunlight, climb out, breathe deep and remember how much you appreciate that sky!
Cave opening. Baozi Cliff.
After Dragon’s Berth we return the equipment, reorganize the team and follow the winding mountain trail down to the large slanting rockface wall of Baozi Cliff. Descend the rockface with ropes to aid you.
Coach to Jiande. Check in.
From here our bus will be waiting just a short walk away. Climb on and settle in your seat.
Arrive in Jiande. Check in for the night.
Breakfast. Jiangnan Grand Ice Caves. Lunch. Jiulong ‘Nine Dragon’ Brook Rafting. Qiandao Lake Town. Check in.
Breakfast. Jiangnan Grand Ice Caves. Lunch.
Eat, then a drive to the great Jiangnan ice caves.
Arrive. Explore China’s first huge artificially frozen Ice Caverns attraction.
The Ice Caverns are a frozen realm of still waterfalls, icicles, ice-sheet walls, curtains and solid ice pillars. Delve into the cool dark. Experience ice cave exploration in safety, without having to travel to the arctic circle!
Emerge from the caves around noon.
Eat lunch at the ‘Warm in winter, Cool in Summer’ Ice Cavern Restaurant. After lunch re-board the coach. Depart for the Qiandao ‘Thousand islet’ Lake. Set down and walk into our next experience – mountain stream rafting on Jiulong ‘Nine Dragon’Brook.
Jiulong ‘Nine Dragon’ Brook Rafting.
Jiulong Brook threads through the valleys of the Qiandao lake mountains. This two-hour-long rafting route is the longest and best available in the Qiandao Lake region. Grab a boat with a friend, grip tight your paddles, then start the thrilling, cooling afternoon on-the-water experience.
Arrive in Qiandao Lake Town. Check in.
After rafting we head to Qiandao Lake town for an evening meal. Finish eating, get checked in, rest for the night.
Red Leaf Bay laketop morning kayaking. Kayak water sport minigames. Lunch. Return to Hangzhou.
Red Leaf Bay laketop morning kayaking. Kayak water sport minigames.
This morning we go down to the water for lakescape kayaking on Qiandao. Become part of the gorgeous scenery of Red Leaf Bay.
Arrive at the Red Leaf Bay to meet with your kayaking coach. Learn basic kayaking technique on-land, then select your kayak. (When selecting your boat, we recommend that inexperienced persons opt for the easier-to-control two-person kayak for a hassle-free experience) Head out onto the water together.
Red Leaf Bay: Part of the beauty of this place is how relaxing it is. Free from the rabble of tourist crowds and no noisy passenger boats – just us, the water and the mountains. Follow the coach enjoying the quiet, then switch modes! Have some fun playing the coach’s kayak watersport minigames!
Lunch. Return to Hangzhou.
Paddle back to the sure to finish up kayaking, then return to the lake town for lunch.
Finish eating then board the bus to return to Hangzhou.
Arrive at around [15:00].
This marks the tour end.
Until we adventure again, best wishes!