Skip to content
Site Tools
Increase font size Decrease font size Default font size default color blue color green color
Ye San Po
Travel in Beijing


Ye San Po (yěsānpō 野三坡) is a natural and very beautiful nature reserve, about 75 miles southwest of Beijing, with high mountains, forests and deep valleys. It follows the river (a small brook really, but it is extremely beautiful) by the river valley, and sometimes it can be quite steep and difficult to walk.
There are some Buddhist temples there, and one wonder why they built them in the most inaccessible place. In the forest around, there are several trees that are 1000 years old.

yesanpoIt has, for centuries, been tilting with the North-West slowly rising and the South-East slowly sinking, out of which three topographical divisions – the upper, the middle and the lower – can be easily recognized, hence its name: Ye San Po, which literally means Three Natural Slopes. 
Ye San Po is within the semi aridity area, east monsoon temperate zone.  The average temperature in mountain areas is lower by 1~3℃ than that in the lowlands, and, accordingly, the annual rainfall is more by 50~150 accordingly, which explains why the summer is really cool up there. 
Over the centuries, it has been widely known as a “Paradise on Earth”, with its spectacular natural landscape, and relics of ancient historic interests. 

Scenic beauty
The Ye San Po National Geographical Park comprises three chief landscape areas: 
Bai-Li-Xia (bǎilǐxiá 百里峡), a long, narrow streak of water-washed valley, is precipitous, miraculous, and deeply serene. It is also famed as “No. 1 Gorge Nationwide”. Since there are a a great many streams, little waterfalls and wild flowers in the mountainside here and there, visitors are always finding themselves in a wonderland where hills bend, streams wind and the pathway seems to end, but always the dark willows and flowers in bloom would suggest another village should be over there.
Long-Men-Tian-Guan (lóngméntiānguān 龙门天关), a important military pass on the Great Wall built during Ming Dynasty (míng 明) (1368—1644), connecting the Capital city with other far-off lands near the northwest borders in ancient times. It is surrounded by the Xiao-Xi-He (xiǎoxīhé 小溪河), a tributary of Ju-Ma-He (jùmǎhé 拒马河), on all sides except that the mountain area lies to its southwest. 

Yu-Gu-Dong (yúgǔdòng 鱼谷洞), a karst-topographical cave, is greatly mystical and truly abysmal. At the center of the area, it comprises Yu-Gu-Dong Cavern and Yu-Gu-Dong Spring, the former being 1,500m in length, 10m in width, and 0.5 to 20m in height, the latter thus named for the out-flowing little fish from its mouths, which was a world stir and has become one of the world’s 8 most fascinating springs.

yugudongLocationLaishui County, Hebei Province
tel: (0312)4568106
Opening hour: 24 hours
Price: Free
Price Notes: Activities and lodging prices will vary.
Transportation: Take bus No.917 at Tianqiao (tiānqiáo 天桥) stop to Zhangfang (zhāngfǎng 张坊), and then take a small bus to Ye San Po.
Parking Availability: No 
Attractions Nearby:
Lake Baiyangdian (báiyángdiàn 白洋淀) is a national and international tourist attraction flaunting its peaceful water scenes and vast lotus gardens. Hand-driven and motorized boats are available for small to medium sized groups; large motorized boats are available for large groups usually accompanied by a tour guide.Islands on the lake host local restaurants that cook with local ingredients and hotels for the overnight tourist.
The Western Qing Tombs (qīngxīlíng 清西陵) are located some 140km (87 miles) southwest of Beijing in Hebei province near the town of Yixian. The Western Qing Tombs is a necropolis that incorporate four royal mausoleums where seventy-eight royal members in all are buried. These include four emperors of the Qing Dynasty (qīngcháo 清朝) (1616-1911) and their empresses, imperial concubines, princes and princesses, as well as other royal servants.
Shidu Scenic Area

Indigenous Specialities

fuhuajia xingbian meijiu hetao

Travel tips
There's much more to do here than just hike around. At Ye San Po's lake resort area you can paraglide and parachute, fish and swim, go rafting or bumper boating, join a bonfire or a barbecue, watch fireworks and horse races, splash around in a waterpark and learn about the Miao minority at the folklore garden. You can't squeeze it all into one day; make a weekend out of it by staying at one of the lodges.