Maling River originates from Wumeng Mountain, and join Nanpang River at the border where Guizhou and Guangxi meet. It is more than 2000 meters above sea level and consists of six tributaries. The river flows across Xingyi city with a length of 80 kilometers. Along the river stands big canyon, known as Heavenly Gully and Land Crack.
Maling Canyon is 71.8 kilometers long, 100-200 meters deep and 50-150 meters wide and the bottom is 200 m lower than the ground surface. This crack is shaped due to earth movement happened 65 million year ago. National park is set up around the Canyon and it is listed as key national scenic spot (1994), geographical park (2004) and national (2006).The major scenic areas include Maling River Canyon, Thousand Peak Lake and Thousand Peak Forest.
Maling River Canyon
The Maling River Canyon features land cracks, narrow gorges, hanging waterfalls, calcium carbonate waterfalls and wild ecological vegetations. The most exciting entertainment is drafting along the Maling River Canyon, which is known as the "Land Crack Drifting”. The drifting route is 12 meters long. There are 18 beaches, 20 bends, 30 ponds and on the route. When rafting along the river by canoes, tourists can only have a view of “a line sky" and oddly-shaped precipices on both banks.
It is estimated that the Maling River Canyon consists of around 100 waterfalls, each 100 meters high or more. The most beautiful waterfalls are the Pearl Waterfall and the Rainbow Waterfall.
The Pearl Waterfall is a group of soft and white waterfalls dropping off from a 100-meter high cliff. Droplets of these waterfalls splutter in all directions like millions of pearls in the air. The Rainbow Waterfall consists of eight waterfalls pouring down at the same time. As they arrive at the bottom, a mist of water rises and rainbows appear in the sunshine.
Thousand Peak Lake
The lake is located in lower reaches of Maling River, rift belt where Yuangui Plateau slide slowly to Guangxi. The lake is as large as 176 square kilometers. Along the lake are 30 islands,58 peninsulas,82 bays. It is one of five biggest fresh water lakes in China. The major scenic spots includes: aquatic stone forest and Buyi Village on the water. You can embark for sightseeing or go fishing.
Thousand Peak Forest
More than 20,000 cone-shaped peak forests are widely distributed in lower reaches of Maling River, covering an area of 200 square kilometers. The forest is divided in two section: east and west section. Picturesque Valleys, caves, farmlands and villages could be seen in the forest. In 2004, Thousand Peak Forest was granted national geographical park. In 2005, it was awarded as one of Top 5 peak forests in China by China National Geography.
Location: 5 kilometers away from east of Xingyi City
Entrance fee for major scenic spots:
RMB 110 (Maling River Canyon), Land Crack Drifting(RMB 168), Forest(RMB120)
Transportation: Take long-distance bus to Xingyi at Guiyang Long-distance bus station (8:00, 8:40, 9:00, 16:00, 19:0019:30), bust fare: RMB95.And then take public bus to Maling River after arriving at Xingyi, bus fare: RMB2. or Take taxi, Fare: RMB 15-20.
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