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Yulong River, Yangshuo

Yulong River, the biggest branch of the Li River in YangShuo County. It also called Little Li River. It is originated in Lingui county. The river is about 43 kilometers (26 miles) long, with a drainage area of approximately 158 square kilometers (39,043 acres). The part of the river that stretches from Yulong Bridge in Baisha Town, to Gongnong Bridge near Big Banyan, is known as the Yulong River Scenic Area, and includes some spectacular scenic views along each river bank.

Dragon River Valley is said to rival Li River Scenic Area in beauty and prestige. The Chinese word 'Yulong' refers to 'meeting a dragon'. Local legend has it that a dragon from the East Sea strolled across the Yulong River and, being deeply impressed by the attractive landscape, decided to stay there forever. The villagers living on the river bank saw the dragon several times, and hence named it the Yulong River.

The Yulong River Scenic Area has many tourist attractions interspersed with cultural and historical ones. The languid river is surrounded by a primitive, but pure, natural landscape, combined with green bamboo forests and rolling hills. Visitors to the area will delight in the picturesque scenes of simple rural life: bamboo waterwheels irrigating the paddy fields; village girls hand washing clothes outside of their cottages with smoke curling upward from the chimneys; old men fishing in the river; flocks of ducks swimming in the pond. Idyllic scenes such as these will allow tourists to forget their problems and experience a sense of calm relaxation. Other natural spots along the river that should not be missed are Big Banyan, Moon Hill, Five-Finger Hill, Lion Hill, Dragon Pool, Butterfly Spring, Tianping Greenland, the Eight Immortals Caves, Rhinoceros Pool and Chaoyang Village.

Historical attractions include the three most famed ancient bridges in Yangshuo: Yulong Bridge; Fuli Bridge; Xiangui Bridge (the oldest single arch bridge in Guangxi). The Han Dynasty (206BC-220) Tombs, Guiyi County Site, Jianshan Temple (the biggest one in Guangxi) and Pan Manor are also worth visiting. For an appreciation of simplicity and elegance, tourists should pay a visit to the local dwelling houses built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) style located in Jiuxian County.

Most tourist traffic on this river is on small bamboo rafts. The going price for a trip on these rafts is about 150 Yuan per raft. If you are lucky, youCormorant fishing is widely practised in these area around Yangshuo. Cormorants are birds which dive and catch fish underwater.

Swimming is also a popular activity on this river. There are several swimming holes on the river. Swimming here is safer than on the Li River as there is a smaller current and it is not as deep.

There is a bike path that leads from Fuli Bridge in Baisha, which is north-west of Yangshuo town that leads all the way along Dragon River to the south-west entrance back into Yangshuo. You can also choose a half day tour, follow our package to cycle for one hour to the Yulong river, visit local villages and rice paddies, rafting down the river for two more hours. These can be the most memorable parts of your Guilin tour experience.
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