Yulong River Travel Tips

On September 1, 2011, in Activities, Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is a pity that you have been to Guilin but did’t visit the Lijiang River. However, it is a greater pity that you have been to Yangshuo but din’t visit the Yulong River. Activities such as bamboo raft and drifting began on Yulong River since January, 2001. In fact, it was several photographers who […]

It is a pity that you have been to Guilin but did’t visit the Lijiang River. However, it is a greater pity that you have been to Yangshuo but din’t visit the Yulong River. Activities such as bamboo raft and drifting began on Yulong River since January, 2001. In fact, it was several photographers who suggested local fishermen to manage these activities. During holidays like May Day and National Day, over 100 bamboo rafts are extremely busy from morning to night and are booked up soon everyday. Drifting begins at 6am and then ends at 8pm.

Best time to visit Yulong River

The best time to visit Yulong River is from April to November, which is also the peak season of Guilin’s tourism industry. In March and April, water is quite clear and grasses are verdant. Fields on the two sides of Yulong River are filled with colorful wide flowers. What comes into your eyes is charming vividness, pure and fresh, gladden the heart and please the eye. At the moment, water of Yulong River looks particularly limpid and verdurous, which owes to the deposition of the whole winter and the fresh spring rain. The peculiar litte bitty stinging rain in spring makes the mountain peak be permeated with thick fog and smoke, looks as if a fairyland. In June and July, Yulong River becomes dynamic and vigorous. Water fighting with several friends and swimming in the river can give you a refreshing experience.

Yulong River Tickets

Location: Yangshuo County in Guilin.

Tickets: walking tours and bike tours along Yulong River are free of charge.

Drifting: charge based on the mileage, ranging from 120 yuan to 240 yuan.

Opening time: 8:30 to 18:00

How to get to Yulong River

By bus

  1. Take the bus at Yangshuo Station (3 yuan/person), get off at Jinbao crossing of Basha Town. Then you can take motorcycle to Yulong Village, which takes 20 minutes.
  2. Take midibus at Yangshuo Station (5 yuan/person), get off at the entrance of Yulong Village or Jinlong Bridge.

By taxi: 40 yuan

By bike: 70 minutes

By car (self-driving): Enter from Hezhou or Guilin, go along the G65 Baomao Express, then turn right at the exit of Jinbao Road, driving forward one kilometer to Yulong Bridge. (you can see a direction board of Yulong Village here).

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Jiuxian Village

Jiuxian Village is a famous attraction alongside the Yulong River which was built 1400 years ago. During the period of the forth year of Tang Wude to the first year of Zhenguan (621A.D.-627A.D.), this place was called Guiyi County. The most interesting and attractive view of Jiuxian Village is the ancient hamlets and folk houses, […]

Jiuxian Village is a famous attraction alongside the Yulong River which was built 1400 years ago. During the period of the forth year of Tang Wude to the first year of Zhenguan (621A.D.-627A.D.), this place was called Guiyi County. The most interesting and attractive view of Jiuxian Village is the ancient hamlets and folk houses, which is also the soul of the whole Yulong River scenic spot. The hamlets and folk houses are of antique beauty and on twisted paths trough twilight shades. Most of the buildings are made of blue bricks and green tiles. We should pay more attention to the entrance, for the door heads, door cases, thresholds and stepping-stones are all made of wide, thick and smooth marbles, which are of extraordinary magnificence and texture. In front of the folk houses are several pairs of stone carvings, with the auspicious design of propitious cloud, dragons and phoenixes, lions and fishes. Additionally, there are also memorial arch with the letters “Yu Gate”.

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Fuli Bridge and Xiangui Bridge

On September 1, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Rivers & Gorges, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Fuli Bridge Fuli Bridge is 500 meters away from Yulong Bridge, which is oval-shaped. The bridge floor, railings and steps are all made of noselite. The bridge was constructed during the period of Yongle Emperor of Ming Dynasty, with a history of over 500 years, which is one of the ancient bridges of Yangshuo. It […]

Fuli Bridge

Fuli Bridge is 500 meters away from Yulong Bridge, which is oval-shaped. The bridge floor, railings and steps are all made of noselite. The bridge was constructed during the period of Yongle Emperor of Ming Dynasty, with a history of over 500 years, which is one of the ancient bridges of Yangshuo. It is 30 meters long, 5 meters wide, 10 meters high. There is an ancient tree on either end of the bridge. As the length and height of the bridge are similar, watching it from a long distance, the bridge arch and its reflections connect with each other like a full moon. On the bridge, you can see the most attractive scene of fields and gardens. Standing on the bridge and look around, you will find this place surrounded by green mountains and waters, totally a beautiful view of southland.

Xiangui Bridge

Xiangui Bridge, a stone arch bridge over a branch of Yulong River, is the most ancient bridge of Guangxi. It is 2.2 meters high, 26 meters long and 4 meters wide. Built in the fifth year of Song Xuhe(1123A.D.), the bridge structure is quite unique, which adopts uncommon paralleled-ordered bricks, using nine pairs of stones to build the bridge arch. Totally it is constructed by 281 blocks of bricks in paralleled order. Not only the structure of it is unique, but also the stone inscriptions on the inside part of the bridge arch are precious materials for studying the culture of Yulong River. The bridge remains excellent without any damage after over 800 years of erosion of winds and rains and lash of floods.

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Yulong Bridge

On September 1, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Rivers & Gorges, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Yulong Bridge is a stone arch bridge standing on Yulong River, located right by Yulong Village in Basha Town and built in Ming Dynasty. The bridge is 60 meters long, 5 meters wide, 9 meters tall and spans 18 meters. Yulong Bridge was built by stones, rather than any grout. It is non-destructive through hundreds […]

Yulong Bridge is a stone arch bridge standing on Yulong River, located right by Yulong Village in Basha Town and built in Ming Dynasty. The bridge is 60 meters long, 5 meters wide, 9 meters tall and spans 18 meters. Yulong Bridge was built by stones, rather than any grout. It is non-destructive through hundreds of years, becoming the key cultural relics of Yangshuo County. The bridge is gallant with lots of sinomenium, looks old-timey; villgers has carried water and washed clothes under the bridge from generation to generation. The stars change in positions; Yulong Bridge has witnessed tremendous changes in the world and still keeps as solid as the beginning.

The first group scenes of Liu Sanjie are shot on Yulong Bridge. There stands the monument to victory in the war of resistance in Yulong Village, recording the heroic deeds of local people who fighted a bloody battle lasted nine months against the Janpaese Army in Zhujia Village. During the Cultural Revolution, the monoment was destroyed and thrown into the river. In 1987, the local government sent some people to get the incomplete monument out of water and tried to repair it. Then the monument began to stand in its original position for people to commemorate the history. Thanks to the convenient transportation, Yulong Bridge attracts lots of Chinese and foreign tourists everyday and becomes more and more famous.

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Zhou Village

On September 1, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Cultural Experience, Guilin, by Jack Li

Zhou Village is a small village. What is worth of visiting is the limpid Yulong River that flows through the entrance of the village. In addtion, a stone arch bridge stands on the river surface that is less than ten meters wide. The bridge has a history of over 200 years, being the first ancient […]

Zhou Village is a small village. What is worth of visiting is the limpid Yulong River that flows through the entrance of the village. In addtion, a stone arch bridge stands on the river surface that is less than ten meters wide. The bridge has a history of over 200 years, being the first ancient stone bridge on Yulong River and is also called “Wangfu Bridge”. The bridge floor has been very thin after many years’ abrasion, but the semicircle of the bridge arch is still orbicular, which shows us the well-knit skills of ancient craftmen.

There are always several countrywomen washing clothes under the bridge. They still continue to use archaic and traditional washing method, kneading and beatting clothes. If you ask them why not use washing machine, they would say “we can’t afford to buy laundry soap powder, not to mention washing machine”, which makes you feel as if being cut off from the outside world for ages. If you ask the villagers about the origin of Yulong River, they don’t have an answer. Instead, they only know some old stories that handed down from their older generation. “The monkey king is oppressed under the Five Elements Mountain ahead. He will be set free after 500 years and save all living creatures”. It sounds like entering the land of idyllic beauty that was depicted in The Story of the Peach Blossom Valley of Tao Yuanming. Finding Zhou Village is the same with finding upper reaches of Yulong River, howvery, it’s just the first step of the “Long March”.

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Yulong River

In the ancient time, Yulong River was called “Peaceful Water”, but because of the famous Yulong Bridge” its name was changed into Yulong River. The river originates from Bainian Mountain in Lingui County, through Jinbao Village, Grape Town, Baisha Town, New Yangshuo Town and Gaotian Village, and finally meets Jinbao River at Qinge crossing and […]

In the ancient time, Yulong River was called “Peaceful Water”, but because of the famous Yulong Bridge” its name was changed into Yulong River. The river originates from Bainian Mountain in Lingui County, through Jinbao Village, Grape Town, Baisha Town, New Yangshuo Town and Gaotian Village, and finally meets Jinbao River at Qinge crossing and altogether flows into Tianjia River. The Yulong River is as long as 43.5 miles, with the width from 38 to 61 meters and depth from 0.5 to 0.9 meters. The river is not open to navigation for there is dam on the river for irrigation.

Yulong River is a beautiful river, also called “Little Lijiang River”. The period from Yulong Bridge to the estuary of Heshan River is especially beautiful, with high mountains, dense forestrists, beautiful hamlets, where you can appreciate the famous attractions like Yulong Bridge, Rhinoceros Watching the Moon, Old Village, Guiyi City Remains, Five Elements Mountain and so on. Yulong River is one of the numerous lovely scenes of Yangshuo.

If you set off from Yangshuo County, the first view that comes into your eyes is the Fuli Bridge. The bridge is 5 meters wide, 30 meters long and 10 meters high, oval-shaped and made of green stones. Its reflection on the water is like the shape of an egg, or rather a beautiful face of a girl, graceful and unique. The main attractions of Yulong River are: Fuli Bridge, Yulong Bridge, Guiyi City Remains, Xiangui Bridge, and the landscape of “Little Lijiang River”. The famous landscape expert of Harvard University Dr. Carl, after seeing about the view of Yulong River, expresses “This is the most beautiful place I have seen in China”.

Yulong River Attractions

Fuli Bridge and Xiangui Bridge

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Jiuxian Village

Zhou Village

Yulong River Story

A long time ago, a dragon of the East Sea came here and saw the breath-taking scene. It felt that the East Sea was pale by comparison with this place, so it decided to hide here. At first, every night, the dragon headed above the water to appreciate the beautiful view. Latter it can not help watching the landscape and sneaked out at day time. Many villagers had seen it, so comes the name Yulong River.

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