Jialing River Source Scenic Area in Baoji

Jialing River Source Scenic Area is located at the top of Qinling Mountain, which is somewhere 33 kilometers along the Sichuan-Shaanxi Highway in the southern suburbs of Baoji City. Being one of the four scenic areas of the Tiantai National Forest Reserve, it covers a total area of 3, 600 hectares with the famous Jialing River taking its sources at 2, 800 meters above sea level in the Jialing Valley.

Source of Jialing River
Source of Jialing River

Climate & Landscapes

The Qinling Mountain is a demarcation line of the climate in north and south China, and also the watershed of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. There are over 40 scenic attractions in the area. With weird peaks thrusting into the sky and clean brooks flowing amidst lush trees, it presents an enjoyable climate all year round. Hiking around this area will reward you with breathtaking natural landscapes, including the Seven Ladies Peak with verdant charm, the remarkably lifelike Insane Monk Rock and Rock Flying From Afar, the Scudding Clouds Cascades, and the Momentous Black Dragon Pool.

Why Visit the Jialing River Source Scenic Area

Rich in Historical Sites

Rich in cultural significance, the Jialing River Source Scenic Area is home to several historical sites, including:

  • Tea-making Terrace: the place where Liu Bang, the first Emperor of the Han Dynasty, prepared tea upon his arrival in the Guanzhong area.
  • General Appointment Terrace: The site where Zhuge Liang,  the famous strategist in The Three Kingdoms period, gathered his generals before the battle against the Kingdom of Wei.
  • Monk’s Mound and Daiwang Range: The battlefield where Wu Jie in the Song Dynasty once bravely fought against the Kin troops.
Monk’s Mound in Jialing River Source Scenic Area
Monks Mound in Jialing River Source Scenic Area

Pleasant Climate for Summer Retreat

The Scenic Area is nestled on the southern slope of the Qinling Mountains, with its evevations ranging from 1,500 to 2,800 meters above sea level. Boasting a pleasant climate, the average temperature here is around 15°C, and the highest temperature is around 32°C in summer days, making it an ideal resort place for avoiding summer-heat. Additionally, the area is celebrated for its refreshing air, clean water, and tranquil environment.

Stunning Natural Scenery

Featuring a unique natural landscape, the scenic area is home to towering peaks, clear pools, pristine waterfalls, and lush pine forests. The fresh air and high content of negative oxygen ions make it a natural oxygen bar. Some of the top natural attractions here are the source of the Jialing River, the first waterfall of the Jialing River, Shenhe Gorge, etc.

Travel Information

  • Location: 20 Chuanshan Road, Weibin District, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province
  • Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
  • Ticket price: CNY 60 per person
  • Time needed: 4-5 hours

How to Get to the Scenic Area

You can firstly take a bus or high-speed train from Xian to Baoji City, then, take a bus from Baoji Long-distance Bus Station to Fengxian or Hanzhong, and get off at the 33rd-kilometer mark (Qinling Ridge Top) of the Bao-Han Highway.

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