For something a bit different, try the Longjing River Drifting in what better be called the Longjing ‘washing machine’. Do not be misled by the name drifting, it is drifting only in the sense that you have no control at all over where you are going. You will board a two-person raft, hold firmly on the handles and wait for the water to be released from the dam (usually at 3 fixed times each day). You are then propelled down the Longjing river for over an hour, white-water rafting … without the paddles. Very scary, wet and exciting ride of 90 minutes. Great fun and very refreshing on a hot summer day !
However do NOT do this if you are expecting Disney level safety precautions! You get a helmet, handles on the sides to hold onto, and people along the river bank to fish you out- but you are going fast, it is wet and slippery and there are lots of rocks. There is a height (1.2m), a weight (40kg) and a minimum age requirement (12 years old) but, if you have kids with you, I would also suggest considering their strength and ability to hold on by themselves- you will not be able to hold onto them at all.
There are half a dozen groups taking pictures as you come down the river, then trying very hard to sell them to you. This is actually a very reasonable service – about 30Y for a CD – and you have some amazing and pictures with a grimace you may not know you had! Compare the ones of several teams and choose the one that you like most and haggle!
Longjing Drifting Facilities:
Since 2013 they have erected a whole new shower block. Lockers to store your bags and valuables are available for 30Y per locker.
Directions in Getting to the Longjing River Dam:
The Longjing drifting – or better roller-coaster – is located about a 1hour bus drive from Yangshuo or a 20 min ride from XingPing. Buses leave at Yangshuo Park at 3 set times a day, as of May 2016 they are 9.00 – 11.30 -14.30. After the ticket office where you can store your bags and valuables, a shuttle bus will take you to the start of the drifting in about 15min so the total bus journey takes about 1h10min.
– Bring cash, there are no ATM’s.
– Bring waterproof sun lotion, you could be right under a burning sun but not feel it at the time.
– Bring a towel and a change of clothes, especially if returning by bus, the driver won’t let you sit on his bus in wet pants!
– Share a bag with others to save an expensive locker fee.
– Buses arrive and depart at the same time so you may be faced with a wait, take some food or snacks with you.
|Availability: Adults/Children > 1.2m > 40kg > 12 year old|
|Getting There: By tour bus.|
|Times/Duration: Pick-up times: 9.00 – 11.30 -14.30. Drifting: 80-120min; return bus 2.5hrs.|
|Prices & Booking: See our live booking widget under Yangshuo Half Day Tours on our booking page.|