Address: Paitan Town, Zengcheng District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
Opening Hours: 8:30-17:30 (The last admission to the park is at 16:30)
(only for children between 1.2-1.5 meters; seniors between 60-65 years old with ID card; full-time students in college, middle and primary school with student ID card; fresh graduate with admission card for entrance examination)
Ticket Package (only for couples or lovers)
Ticket Free of Charge Policy
1. Children below 1.2 meters are free of charge;
2. Seniors over 65 (with ID card) are free of charge;
3. People with disabilities (with disability certificate) are free of charge;
4. Soldiers in active service and retired cadres in the army are free of charge (with officer certificate or retire card);
5. Medical workers are free of charge;
6. Group tour guides are free of charge (with a tourist certificate).
Overview of Baishui Village
Baishui Village, located in the northern mountainous area of Zengcheng District of Guangzhou, has a subtropical monsoon climate. Due to its high mountains, dense forests, and abundant rain, Baishui Village has developed as a natural oxygen bar with a rather high 112.5 thousand negative air ion per cubic centimeter. The annual rainfall of this area is about 2,200 milliliters, which has created the natural wonders of thousands of springs and waterfalls.
Baishui Village, a mountain-type scenic spot, enjoys high mountains and tall peaks, with nine peaks above 1,000 meters. There are many fantastic peaks and bizarre caves formed by the "spheroidal weathering" of granite on the top of the mountain, which are rare in the granite landforms of southern China.
Baishui Village features rare natural ecological resources such as virgin forests, shoals, wetlands, canyons, and lakes in Guangdong, with many second-grade and third-grade plants and animals under state protection around this area. There are seven species of wild plants under special state protection and eight species of rare and endangered plants. As a national 4A grade scenic spot, Baishui Village is honored as “the Magnificent Emerald on the Tropic of Cancer”, attracting thousands of tourists every year.
Big Events Happened in Baishui Village
During the Spring Festival in 2008, the big theme event of “Tai Chi for Good Luck, Waterfall for Blessing” was held at Baishui Village. The name of the theme stemmed from the image of Tai Chi constituted by the fantastic waterfall and huge rocks covered by the waterfall. Visitors did not only experience the pure natural and original ecological landscape here but also enjoyed the jollification of the Chinese New Year.
From July 13th to August 25th, 2013, Baishui Village held the first fun parents-child activity of "Enjoy a Happy Summer Vacation Accompanied by Yellow Ducks". Tourists cruised in the yellow duck yachts that appeared as the image of a family of three, watched a thousand little yellow duck parade, and enjoyed an idyllic picnic.
Baishui Village Top Amazing Sights You Should not Miss
Famous Hiking Trail – “The longest Ladder in Southern China”
With 9,999 steps, the hiking trail is built around the fantastic waterfalls and bizarre mountains in Baishui Village. The 6.6-kilometer hiking trail is divided into six sections respectively named “Xunxian(seek fairyland), Yijing (pleasant mood in beautiful nature), Zhinan (realize the difficulty), Lansheng (enjoy the beautiful scenery in the mountains), Yongshi (men of courage and ambition), and Dengfeng (stand on the mountaintop)”. The whole hiking trail spans three high mountains and connects two big lakes, honored as “the longest ladder in southern China”.
There are six decks on this famous hiking trail. The first one, named Guanjing Deck, is situated on the 1,099th step, allowing visitors to easily appreciate the beautiful natural ecological landscape of Baishui Village. You can even feel the splash of the waterfall at close quarters.
The second deck is named Guanpu, located on the 1,299th step. You will see China’s first “Forest Yoga Classroom” here. Professional yoga instructors are invited to give lessons, and visitors can learn yoga for free. In this environment surrounded by mountains and rivers, you may fully stretch muscles and bones, regulate the heart and lung system, and promote blood circulation.
The third deck is Puming Deck situated on the 1,499th step, and the fourth one is named Qinpu on the 2,199th step. When you move to Mupu Deck, the fifth one, you will see the biggest waterfall in China, 128.5 meters tall from the top of an 828-meter high mountain.
When you ascend to the sixth deck, Muyun Deck, located on the 3,699th step, your field of vision will become wider, and you can take a bird’s eye view of the whole Baishui Village. Finally, you will meet the highest step of the Hiking Trail, the 9,999th step, and it is the most desirable place for couples and lovers. It is said that if the lovers climb to this step together, their love will last longer.
Baishui Fairy Waterfall
As the largest waterfall in China’s mainland, the Baishui Fairy Waterfall drops 428.5 meters from the top of an 828-meter high mountain, as if a beautiful fairy, wearing a fluttering dress and holding a white lotus flower, stands in the wind. According to the legend, it was the incarnation of He Xiangu, one of the Eight Immortals (八仙) in Chinese mythology. Some local inhabitants said that when He Xiangu became an immortal, she transformed herself into a waterfall, which was finally named Baishui Fairy Waterfall.
Due to its abundance of water, hydroelectric power stations were built here in the early 1980s, and water flowed down for power generation. Since then, the spectacular natural landscape is difficult to see, only when there is a lot of water in the rainy season.
Fortunately, this situation was discovered by a photography enthusiast in Zengcheng in the mid-1990s. She suggested to the government that the spectacle of the waterfall should be restored. Then in 2005, the government of Zengcheng established the Baishui Village Scenic Area and stopped pumping water to generate electricity, allowing the Baishui Village Waterfall to “reappear” in the world, and then the waterfall has gradually become the current fantastic Baishui Fairy Waterfall.
Legend of Baishui Village
According to the local legend, He Xiangu, whose real name was He Xiugu, was born on the seventh day of the third lunar month in a year in the Tang Dynasty. She was the daughter of He Tai, who made tofu for a living in Xingui Township, Xiaolu District, Zengcheng County, Guangzhou City. She was very clever. When she was 14 years old, she met Lv Dongbin, also one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology. Lv Dongbin gave her some mica to eat. And then she could foresee the future. Later, she started to visit the immortals in the mountains. Finally, she also became one of the Eight Immortals. The locals believe that the Baishui Fairy Waterfall is the incarnation of He Xiangu.
Suggested Travel Route
Take the shuttle bus from the 899th steps of the Hiking Trail→ to take top-down walking from Shenxiangou → Muyun Pavilion → Mupu Deck → Qinpu Deck → Puming Deck → Guanpu Deck → Huixian Bridge → Wooden Trestle → 1,299th steps in Guanpu Deck → Exit.
Hiking Trail→ Wooden Trestle → 1,499 steps in Puming Deck → 3,299th steps in Mupu Deck → Xiangu Lake → take the shuttle bus to the Exit.
Best Time & What to See in Different Seasons
Baishui Village is worth visiting all year round. There are more travelers in spring and autumn, followed by summer and winter.
Sunset in Spring
The best time to travel to Baishui Village is between September and December. At that time, the weather is cool, and the good weather lasts until November and December, making it most suitable for tourists.
However, it is better to avoid going there on holidays, especially during National Day holidays (usually between October 1 to 7) or International Workers’ Day holiday (usually between May 1 to 5), because there is a lot of traffic during holidays and some areas in the scenic area will be crowded. When the visitor flow is large, they are only allowed to go up instead of going down.
Besides, please pay attention to the 9,999-step hiking trail of Baishui Village. It takes at least five or six hours to ascend all steps to reach the mountaintop. Therefore, if you intend to walk all the way in the journey, you’d better arrive at Baishui Village one day in advance, and get up early the next day to climb the mountain and enjoy the whole journey.
Ways to Get to Baishui Village
Take bus Conghua 13 from Conghua Bus Station, and the fare is 2-3 yuan. You can reach Baishui Village Station in an hour.
Take Metro Line 14 and get off at Conghua Bus Station and exit D.
Chinese: 请带我去白水寨。English: Please take me to Baishui Village.
If you go to Baishui Village from the center of Guangzhou (DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou), it takes about 1.5 hours (about 350 Yuan).
If you go to Baishui Village from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, it takes about an hour and 10 minutes (about 290 Yuan).
If you go to Baishui Village from Guangzhou South Railway Station, it takes about an hour and 40 minutes (about 400 Yuan).