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Yulong River

Yulong River

Described as “Little Li River,” Yulong (Meeting Dragon) River is the quintessential branch of the Li River in YangShuo County. The clear water of Yulong River runs smoothly past towns and villages in Yangshuo, including Jinbao Village, Putao Town, Baisha Town, Gaotian Village and so on. It is a shallow river spanning 43.5 kilometers in length. The depth of the section in Yangshuo ranges from 0.5 to 0.9 meters. People are allowed to swim in the water.

Yulong River was originally called “An Le Water” (Peaceful Water). Due to the famous Yulong Bridge in the middle reaches people renamed the river as Yulong River. The most popular form of transportation for tourists on the river are small bamboo rafts. Tourists can take bamboo rafts to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Traveling by bamboo raft will surround you with crystal clear water, gorgeous green mountains, bamboo forests, the blue sky, and fresh air. Along the way you will see traditional villages, old bridges, water wagons among other things.

“It is a pity not to visit the Li River for tourists to Guilin; it is a greater pity not to visit Yulong River for tourists to Yangshuo.” Yulong has a different kind of beauty compared to the Li River. Watching women washing clothes, ducks swimming, bamboo rafts moving under the old bridges, and farmers working in the fields, will make you feel relaxed and joyful.

Yulong River has attracted thousands of photographers and artists to visit. A famous expert on landscape architecture said after he travelled along Yulong River that, “This is the most beautiful place I have even seen in China.” It is a perfect place for those who love hiking or biking.

Rafting down the Yulong River for an hour or two will be a most unforgettable experience.