The area has been inhabited for thousands of years by both Han Chinese and ethnic minorities. The present city of Qingyuan was established as a prefecture level city in 1988.
Qingyuan is just north of the Pearl River Delta in a diverse landscape with both plains and mountains. The climate is subtropical monsoon with plenty of rain in the summer half and not too cold winters. The city can be visited all year but is most pleasant during April to October.
The Old Village. A village with scenic waterways and old-fashioned buildings.edit
Feilai Temple (飞来寺; fēiláisì), (In Qingyuan Valley 23km from the city centre, can be reached by private or public boat from Qingyuan). 1,400 years old temple beautifully situated at the bank of Beijiang River.edit
Feixia Scenic Area, (30km northeast of the city centre, can be reached by private or public boat as well by bus (1½ hours)), ☎ +86 763 3780168, 3780088. Area along Beijiang River with hills on both banks.¥60. edit
Baojing Palace of Yingde (宝晶宫; Bǎojīnggōng), Yingde City (英德市; Yīngdéshì), ☎ +86 763 2222131. edit
Taihe Ancient Cave (太和古洞旅游区; Tàihégǔdòng Lǚyóuqū), Taihe Town, Qingxin County (清新县太和镇; Qīngxīnxiàn Tàihézhèn). edit
Sankeng Hot Spring (三坑温矿泉; Sānkēng Wēnkuàngquán), Sankeng Town, Qingxin County (清新县三坑镇; Qīngxīnxiàn Sānkēngzhèn). edit
Huanghua Lake (黄花湖; Huánghuāhú), Fogang County (佛冈县; Fógāngxiàn). edit
Not white-water rafting as we know it but a man-made cement slide on a mountain where two people sit in a small dinghy and hang on for dear life. No guide and no rowing required. Going with a tour agency can get you better prices as they often tie in the tour with shopping visits in which you listen to a lecture on a variety of products. Whilst it may seem boring, the entire tour including lunch can end up being cheaper than the entrance fee at the rafting site. There are several canyons to choose from.