Juma River snakes through the rocky mountains in Fangshan District. It’s been said that one needs to cross the river ten times to get to town. Hence, the name Shidu implies ten crossings. It is the Guilin of the North.
Only an hour away from the bustling city of Beijing, Shidu is a breathing space. It is a popular weekend get-away, especially in the summer. You may fancy bungee jumping, raft drifting, rock climbing, running inside a floating plastic ball or simply having a picnic.
But the scenic landscape has a different appeal in early spring. Boats parked by the riverbank. Empty hanging bridges. Icy stream. Deserted valley. There is hardly a soul to meet in a walking trail. Serene.
Shidu? Should do!