The Bingyu Valley Scenic Area, covering an area of 110 square kilometers, is located in the northern Zhuanghe City, 240 kilometers away from Dalian. This spectacular resort is renowned as "Oriental Miniature Switzerland". It is also acclaimed as "Little Guilin" which is internationally known for its extraordinary landscapes. These vistas present rugged cliffs, astonishing peaks, and clear rivers wending their way through luxuriant virgin forests. This fascinating area, full of ecological significance, truly deserves its reputation as one of the best-kept secrets of China.
The Bingyu Valley Scenic Area consists of the Longhua Mountain, the Xiaoyu (small) Valley and the Yingna River. The mountain gives visitors a sense of both loftiness and elegance, imbuing visitors with both boldness and tranquility. Among the numerous scattered peaks people can discern many phantasms and figures, such as a gnarling tiger, a tiercel spreading its wings, or a long sharp sword.
The Yingna River encircles the valley like a white silk ribbon. Its tributaries, looking like threads, twist around small isolated peaks. At the Shuanglong Dam, the scenery is suggestive of the captivating scenery of Guilin and the Three Gorges is a most marvelous section of the Yangtze River. A lot of activities, such as skating (winter only), boating and fishing can be enjoyed here.
The green virgin forests of the mountain here are able to eclipse the sky as this natural arboretum bewitches the onlooker. There are thousands of plants that provide an oxygen-rich environment. This is also a habitat for hundreds of animals, such as otters, roe deer, badgers, foxes, squirrels, and birds, especially indigenous robins.
Scenic Spot level: AAAA
Open Hours: whole day
Ideal sightseeing season: May to August
Prices Admission: 120 yuan ($18.09)
Add: Zhenbei, Xianrendong, Zhuanghe, Dalian
On weekends and Chinese holidays, take a direct bus at 7:30 from the Shengli Square (in front of Dalian Railway Station). It takes about two hours. 45 yuan for the bus fare.
At non-peak days: Dalian Bus Station (8:30)--Zhuanghe City (6:00-16:00) --Bingyu Valley Scenic Area. (About three hours in total)
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