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“Beautiful deep valley with waterfalls, scenic views, and rushing rivers”

Beijiushui River Laoshan
Ranked #4 of 305 things to do in Qingdao
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Reviewed April 28, 2015

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.

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Reviewed April 24, 2015

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.

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Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went there right after a big rainfall since that is clearly the best time to go however everyone had the same idea so tons of people, traffic. We were lucky enough to hire a taxi who managed to get us up close to the area to the entrance of the park and bypassed the bus and crowds. She also managed to get us a ticket for a small discount of 5Yuan off the price so I paid 90rmb instead of 95 but did not need to wait on line. If you are over 60 years old no need to buy a ticket it is free. At the entrance of the park there is a place for you to buy the tickets as well but bring an ID to prove your age to get a free ticket for those over 60 years old. Overall it would have been a much more pleasant experience if it was not so crowded so perhaps during the weekday with less crowds but in China everyday there are crowds ;-)

1  Thank Linda Y
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

With an expensive entrance fees of RMB95, there is a shuttle bus provided to and fro the starting point of hiking. You may be amazed by the beautiful scenery but surpised to see many new rocks being put inside the ponds to make the surroundings unnatural.

We chose a more difficult route climbing up to see the Wei Zhu Nunnery and required double time to finish. It was disappointing to see the great waterfall shown in one of my photos. Might not be the best season for it.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

It is a beautiful mountain near Qingdao. We took the bus to the entrance where you can buy tickets to get into the park. You then take a little bus to the beginning of the park. It is a very nice park, with walkways everywhere. The scenery is wonderful with rocks, waterfalls and pagodas.
Well worth the visit!

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