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 Post subject: Beijing kayaking
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:39 am 
For those rare souls that want to kayak in Beijing, the best I've found up to now is Shan Guan Hu, a lake near the Eastern Qing Tombs.

Google Earth coordinates :
40°13'24.47"N ; 117°43'58.42"E

The pluses :
-reasonably clean water (crystal clear by Beijing standards)
-bungalows for staying overnight, equipped with a low stone quay which is perfect for launching the kayak, next to a flat which is perfect for assembly/disassembly.
-Great Wall on the shore

The minuses :
-140 km away from the City, that converts into 3 hours of driving time
-not a great choice of restaurants
-closed from October 25th up to March 15th

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Last edited by Romainpek on Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:06 am 
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Looks nice! My wife taught in Beijing for a Summer and said we need to go and visit. For now, it seems I can consider bringing my Kahuna!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:04 pm 
Hi kayakamper,

Honestly, I don't think Beijing is kayakers' paradise, but you can still have a go.

Since then I found a second lake at Huang Song Yu ( 40°14'49.91"N ; 117°14'39.40"E ). It's closer from my home (80 km). It's only 2.2 km long, but the water looks clean, boating is authorized ON A NON COMMERCIAL BASIS (hence less traffic on the water) and the area is beautiful. UPDATE: SOME GUY WITH AN ARMBAND FORCED US BACK TO SHORE

See the dam closing the valley
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The lake looking towards the dam
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The lake looking upstream (there is a cluster of houses and restaurants at the end, hidden by the lake bend)
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and as usual, bonus : the Great Wall is just above !
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:24 pm 
To be complete, let me add the first lake I tried. Nice scenery, but the water was not as clear as for the other 2 lakes.



Coordinates : 40º 9' 38.26" N 117º 25' 0.34" E

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:23 pm 
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Romainpek,

Nice looking boat and family!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:02 pm 
When are you visiting ? :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:40 am 
I was thinking there was someplace the expats used to all go for short excursions "up river" but then I remembered that was Shanghai. :?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:56 am 
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Romainpek wrote:

Honestly, I don't think Beijing is kayakers' paradise, but you can still have a go.


I agree. Looks like I am going to spending quite a bit of time between Beijing and Baotou. Getting to the water will be a challenge, but kind of learning some tricks to get there. I think June will be buying a car so that will make getting to the water easier, if I can drive it.

Looks like I can do laps at the Olympic Park, about 1 km from home easily. There is definately some coastline I want to explore.

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 Post subject: Re: Beijing kayaking
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:30 am 
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To add a few more
The Summer Palace, I have been on Kunming Lake numerous times, never a problem.
Paddled south from The Summer Palace in The Jingmi Canal to Cixi Canal and was stopped at Wanshou Temple. I was told that it was ok to paddle, just not beyond Wanshou so as not to be an obstacle to the tour boats. Going to explore the canals further next spring.

The Bai River northeast of Beijing. A bit shallow with some 2+ rapids that are easy to portage around.

The Olympic Forest Park. Has a kayak concession now but a small area to paddle

I heard there are kayaks and Dragon Boats in Bohai Park near Tiananmen Square but have not been.

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