ONE amazing option for cooling off in the summertime is sitting next to a waterfall and enjoying the fresh mountain breeze. Today we will explore the waterfalls in Guangdong and check out the surrounding villages, creating another chance to have close contact with nature.
Baishuizhai Waterfall in GZ
Located in Paitan Township, Zengcheng District in Guangzhou, Baishuizhai is about 200 kilometers from Shenzhen and takes three hours to reach by bus.
Baishuizhai is a provincial tourism resort known as the emerald of the Tropic of Cancer. Covering an area of nearly 200 square kilometers, it boasts unique waterfalls, weathered landforms and topography, and an enchanting ecological system that consist of thick forests, hot springs, mountains and lakes.
A magnificent waterfall, nicknamed “Fairy Waterfalls,” plunges from the 828-meter-high Baishuizhai Mountain. The waterfall has an elevations change of 428.5 meters.
If you love climbing mountains, you can try to climb the “Greatest Stepladder in South China” with a total of 9,999 stone steps in Baishuizhai Mountain. The 9,999 steps include stone steps, mountainous roads and wooden boardwalks. Along the way, you can experience the water-fun plank road which was built with wood from sea boats.
Add: Baishuizhai Waterfall Scenic Spot, Paitan Township, Zengcheng District, Guangzhou 广州市增城区派潭镇白水寨风景名胜区
When you visit Baishuizhai Waterfall, do check out the nearby Dongdong Village. Located in the northern mountainous area in Paitan Township, Dongdong Village enjoys a history of over 500 years. From the village, you can see the Baishuizhai Waterfall and the Nankun National Forest Park.
Along the clean and tidy streets of the village, you will see the houses standing on both sides of the streets are adorned with huge paintings which reflect the local customs and culture. Here you cannot only listen to the story of a hundred-year-old tree, but also pick dragon fruit by yourself at the local dragon fruit plantation and take a relaxing stroll with your family around the Dongdong Culture Park.
Add: Dongdong Village, northern mountainous area of Paitan Township, Zengcheng Deistrict 广州增城区派潭镇北部山区东洞村
Feihuashui Waterfall in Shaoguan
Three kilometers from the Bailian Guxishui Village, the Feihua Brook and the Shilong Brook meet and form the Feihuashui Waterfall. Following the different falls of the brook, there are three waterfalls from top down. May and June are the best time for viewing the waterfalls.
After the meeting of the two brooks, the joint brook flows toward the west. Along the way, you will encounter strange-shape stones, wondrous pines, torrent, deep pond and other beautiful scenery. The stunning nature scene and the beautiful babbling or splashing sound of the water are sure to make you forget the daily trouble, help you recharge your life and refresh your mind.
Add: Feihuashui Waterfall, Bailian Village, Dongtang Township, Renhua County, Shaoguan 韶关市仁化县董塘镇白莲村飞花水瀑布
Located in the mountainous area in the west of the Danxia Mountain, Bailian Village is the core area consisting of five natural villages including Maoping, Shangdong, Bainiben, Hengling and Guxi.
Encircled by mountains on its four sides, the village features the stunning Danxia landform. Looking down from above, it resembles a white lotus in blossom, hence the name of the village. The village is home to a number of cultural relics including an ancient mountain stronghold and some time-honored temples.
Add: Bailian Village, Dongtang Township, Renhua County, Shaoguan 韶关市仁化县董塘镇白莲村
Xiangsi Valley Waterfall
Nicknamed “green heart,” the Hakka Xiangsi Valley covers about 60 square kilometers. It’s home to the largest-scale red bean forest in China. Red bean in Chinese alludes to “lovesick,” “xiangsi” in Chinese, hence the name of the valley.
The attraction features a high forest coverage rate, biodiversity and rich natural landscapes. There are more than 1,000 kinds of plants and 254 kinds of wild vertebrates living in the scenic area. Rivers, forests, valleys, waterfalls, villages, farmlands and more can be found inside the valley.
Xiangsi Valley houses the largest-scale waterfall groups in eastern Guangdong. Among them, the most magnificent one is the Baizhangca Waterfall. Standing 70 meters in height and 40 meters in width, it is known as the “First Waterfall in Lingnan.”
Add: Hakka Xiangsi Valley, Shangju Town, Pingyuan County, Meizhou City 梅州市平远县上举镇相思谷景区
The name of the village means the highest village in the mountain. Nestled in the mountainous area in Pingyuan County, the village enjoys a high forest coverage rate of 95 percent.
The village, shrouded in mist during spring and summer, turns into a fairyland. It boasts both natural wonders including deep valleys and flying waterfalls, and rich cultural relics and traditions such as the traditional Hakka Weilong houses, the Hakka customs, Pingyuan boat lights and other local delicacies.
Add: Shenao Village, Shangju Town, Pingyuan County, Meizhou City 梅州市平远县上举镇畲脑村 (Chen Xiaochun)