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Taking a rafting trip in summer time is one of the very best ways for thrill seekers to access remote and wild places.

Hunan boasts the most exciting places for whitewater rafting lovers.

Rafting trips vary not only in length but also in region, opportunities for wildlife viewing, proximity to national parks, and class of whitewater.

Let's go whietewater rafting!

What is your plan for the Summer Vacation? Come on, let's enjoy the time in the cool water. Hunan boasts abundant waters and is truly a paradise for whitewater drifters and anyone looking for adventure and contact with the awe-inspiring power of nature in its purest form. Here we recommend some ideal places for you to go whitewater rafting and challenge yourself to your heart's content in the thrilling sport...

Dongjiang Whitewater Rafting 东江漂流

Address: Dongjiang Lake scenic area of Zixing County of Chenzhou City, Hunan

Telephone(86) 0734-5958889 3121888

Ticket price: 212 yuan/person

Getting there:

Getting there: take Beijing-Guangzhou Railway to Chenzhou, take a bus to Dongjiang Lake scenic area, then take a speed boat at Dongjiang Dam to Huangcao Town. You'd better get there before 8:00 a.m., and then you can take the special vehicle in the scenic area to the starting point of Dongjiang rafting, that is, the Dragon King Temple, and begin with your journey.

Dongjiang whitewater rafting is not only famous for its plenty of shoals, rapids and high drop, but also known for its strange stones, vegetation diversity along the river banks. So people can have a thrilling experience.

The Dongjiang rafting is 28 km long in total, 75 meters of fall and there are 108 dangerous shoals along the way, the longest one of which is over 100 meters long. It has the only man-made whitewater rafting slide way in the world. Moreover, you can enjoy the water parachute jump, water motorsports, water slide way, fishing at the bank of the lake, soaking in the hot springs and so on.

Dawei Mountain Rafting

Address: Longwangtan (Dragon King Pool) of Huamen Village in Dawei Mountain Town, Liuyang City, Hunan Province, China

Telephone(86)0731-83487118 (86)0731-83487268

Ticket price: 120 yuan/person

Getting there:Take a bus in Liuyang Bus Station or Baisha Station to Dongmen,that is, the Dawei Mountain Town (8 yuan,1.5 hours, once every 30 minutes ); then take a motorcycle (about 20 yuan ) or a minivan (about 50 yuan) at Dongmen to Longwangtan in Huamen Village (about 30 minutes), which is the starting point for whitewater rafting.

Reputed as “the second Jiuzhaigou Valley in China", the Dawei Mountain Gorge is where one of the headstreams of the Liuyang River (a tributary of the Xiangjiang River) lies, and it is located at the southern foot of Mount Dawei National Forest Park, which is famous for its exuberant forest, rich resources, beautiful sceneries and nice weather. The gorge is deep and remote, with cliffs and high mountains there. The river is as clear as crystal. The entire length of the rafting is about 10 kilometers, with a total fall of 86 meters, the maximum fall 6 meters, and the longest more than 300 meters. Immersed in the picturesque landscape, you will find that you are just staying in a paradise-like place and hiding in the shadows from the spots.

Mengdong River Rafting 猛洞河漂流

Address: The Mengdong River Rafting area is located in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture

Ticket price: 122 yuan/person

Getting there: Take you 2 hours from Changsha to Zhangjiajie by bus, and a little longer by train, then one hour to get to Mengdong River from Zhangjiajie.

The Mengdong River Rafting is reputed as "the No.1 whitewater rafting in the world". It starts from Wang Village and ends in Houtiao Gorge, 47 kilometers in total. There are over 190 kinds of animals inhabiting here and more than 500 species of rare and precious trees densely flourishing. Boating upstream, you can find many caves dotted on the precipices of both sides. The caves are huge treasure houses of stone stalactites and stalagmites in all kinds of shapes, embodying the magic and mystery of the great nature.

Jindong Rafting 金洞漂流

Address: Qiyang of Yongzhou City, Hunan, China

Ticket price: 198 yuan/person

Getting there:

Expressway: take the Hengyang-Zaomupu Expressway to the exit of Baishui Town of Qiyang County, move towards the direction of Changning County and you will find the Jindong Forest Farm. National highway: take the 322 national highway to Qiyang County seat and move towards Baishui Town and and turn to the Baijin road to the Jindong Forest Farm. Railway: take Hengyang-Pinxiang railway to Qiyang station, then take a bus to the Jindong Forest Farm. Distance: 230 km from Guilin to Jindong, take you three hours and half; 260 km from Changsha to Jindong, about 4 hours.

The JindongRafting lies in the Jindong National Forest Park of Yongzhou City. The scenic area boasts abundant resources with diverse plant and animal species and the vegetation coverage reaches up to 93%. There is unique 650–meter-long tunnel of time in China and colorful lights, adding romantic and passionate atmosphere to the whitewater rafting journey.

Jiubujiang River Rafting 酒埠江亲水漂流

Address: Jiubujiang River National Geopark in Youxian County, Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province

Ticket price: 80yuan/person

Getting there: 2 hours or more of driving time from Changsha, Xiangtan or Hengyang; half an hour from Zhuzhou and Pingxiang City of Jiangxi Province. The Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway, 320 and 106 national highways and 315 provincial highway provide you convenient transportations to get to the destination.

The rafting is about 9 kilometers in length and takes drifters about 100 minutes. The riverway of the drift is broad and water clear to see the bottom. The first section of the rafting is characterized by steep and magnificent canyons and is ideal for you to fight against and conquer the water; the second section boasts beautiful rural scenery and it is opportune for you to jump into and swim in the water. It is the only drift in China up to now that you need not take mountain road before getting there.

Maoyan River Whitewater Rafting 茅岩河漂流

Address: Maoyan River scenic area of Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China

Ticket price: 160 yuan/person

Getting there: 1. Maoyan River Drift meets the Zhangjiajie- Luoyixi Road in the south and Zhangjiajie-Sangzhi 1835 Road in the west, and the Xiaohekan-Wentang Road runs through the whole scenic area, jointly with Zhangjiajie-Luoyixi Road, Zhangjiajie- Qingshui (clear water) Cave Road and Changde-Zhangjiajie Road to form a convenient transportation network. 2. Zhangjiajie City proper-Wentang Town-- 3 hour whitewater rafting along the Maoyan River--- take a bus at Huayan Bus Station to get back to Zhangjiajie City proper. 3. Take a train or plane to Zhangjiajie, and then take Bus No. 13 to the Maoyan River scenic area.

The Maoyan River, 20 km west of Zhangjiajie City, is a tributary of Li River. It snakes in the 50 km long gorge, forming a scenic area famous for clear water, virid peaks, perilous cliffs, grotesque rocks, fabulous caves, hot springs, pouring waterfalls and lush trees. It not only provides an excellent waterway for whitewater rafting in rubber rafts, but also produces a string of unusual sights. The Maoyan River Drift lies in the Maoyan River scenic area, a total length of 28 km, a fall of 66 meters and 55 river beaches, and is the most exciting project among all the "Mountain, Water, Caves " tourism programs of Zhangjiajie.

Whitewater rafting in Huanglong  (emperor dragon) Gorge 皇龙峡漂流

Address: Gugang Town of Liuyang City, Hunan, China

Ticket price: 118 yuan/person

Getting there: Changsha downtown area-Sifangping-Changsha-Yongzhou Expressway-Yong'an Toll Station (10 yuan)-Liuyang-Yongzhou Expressway-Jiaoxiling Tunnel Toll Station (15 yuan)-Liuyang downtown area-Jingou Toll Station (10 yuan)-Gugang Town-Huanglong Gorge Happy Forest Garden (About 90 kilometers, 1.5 hour drive.)

The Huanglong Gorge rafting is 4.8 kilometers long, and more than 800 meters above sea level. The streams naturally meet together, making the river. The fall of the gorge is nearly 100 meters, and the entire journey takes drifters about 90 minutes. Located in the 100 square kilometers primitive secondary forest, the gorge is covered with lush trees and full-blown flowers, and the perennial mist and rain make the valley distinctive and special, where visitors can get back to nature and release their emotions at will.

Feishui Drift 飞水漂流

Address: Da'ao Village of Yangshi Town in Lianyuan County, Loudi City, China

Ticket price: 168 yuan/person rafting by kayak by self-service

Getting there: Start from Changsha, take the west line of Changsha-Xiangtan Highway to Xiangtan, then take the Xiangtan-Shaoyang Expressway to Shuangfeng, then the Shuangfeng-Lianyuan Highway to the destination in about one hour.

The Feishui Drift is located in the Feitianya scenic area at the eastern foot of Dragon Mountain National Forest Park in Lianyuan City, Hunan Province. The 4-kilometer drift is developed based on the 100-meter high Feitianya Waterfall in the scenic area. The automatic rafting boats are made with advanced concepts of design and reinforced and thickened in accordance with the international standard 20. This advanced whitewater rafting manner will bring drifters the feeling of flying in the sky.

Zhouluo Waterfall Whitewater Rafting 周洛飞瀑漂流

Address: Shegang Town of Liuyang City, Hunan, China

Ticket price: 148 yuan/person

Getting there: Changsha-Changsha-Yongzhou Expressway -Liuyang Industrial Park(30 kilometers away from Changsha)-Shegang Town(about 22 kilometers from Liuyang Industrial Park)-Zhouluo Village (25 kilometers from Centre of Shegang Town) It is 80 kilometers in total.

The channel slope of the Zhouluo Waterfall Drift is large,and a single maximum fall reaches 18 meters. Here while fully experiencing the charm of whitewater rafting, you can challenge and thrill yourself to the greatest degree in China. To guarantee the safety, the whitewater rafting boat is made of specially designed and most advanced rubber and can automatically drain. The whitewater rafting watercourse is designed in more than 10 types, say, "S" type, arc-like type, dynamic type, surfing type, gliding type and so on, you can greatly enjoy yourself in this charismatic sport.

Ximen Gorge Whitewater Rafting 西门峡漂流

Address: Jixin Town of Fenghuang County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan, China

Ticket price: 148 yuan/person

Getting there: Start from Jishou, take Jishou-Fenghuang regular bus to Jixin Town, 40 minutes; start from Fenghuang, take Fenghuang-Jishou regular bus to Jixin Town, 30 minutes.

With a length of 6 km, the Ximen Gorge Rafting Area is located in the Jixin Town, 20 km away from the famous Fenghuang County and next to the 209 National Highway. The drift lies in the valley of the Wanrong River, which springs from the mountains of Fenghuang Liangtouyang Nature Reserve. The drift is marked by the steep precipices, lush trees, clear water and over 30 breathtaking white water rapids along the way, among which the most famous is the Qinglong Shoal, with a total length of over 400 meters, and the fall of over 20 meters.

The Nine Dragons Gorge Drift

Address: Jiuguan Lake(Jiuguan Bridge) of Hengshan County of Hengyang City, Hunan, China

Telephone(86) 0734—5958889 3121888

Ticket price: 188yuan/person

Getting there:

There are over 100 times of regular buses in Hengyang City and Nanyue County to the Nine Dragons Gorge Drift Road, and there you can take a bus directly to the scenic area.

The Nine Dragons Gorge Drift lies in the gorge between the Zhurong Peak and Goulou Peak of the 72 peaks of Heng Mountain. The two banks of the gorge, with the towering peaks, verdant forests and tranquil valleys, are endowed with fantastic scenery. The waterway of the drift is 5 km long in total and the fall is 110 meters. The whitewater rafting boats available for two persons are designed with advanced concepts and technology from home and abroad and are the safest and most advanced in China. It is unnecessary for you to worry about the safety.