Yangshuo Yulong River

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  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river
  • yangshuo yulong river

The Yulong River (Chinese: 遇龙河; pinyin: Yùlóng Hé) is a small tributary of the larger Li River in Southeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region that runs through the major city of Guilin to Yangshuo. The Yulong starts in Northern Yangshuo County near Litang and runs for over 35 kilometres (22 mi) through small villages of the Yulong River Valley, including  Litang, Chaolong, Yima and Gaotian town, before emptying into the Li around the town of Ping Le. The Yulong is a shallow river of around 5 meters (16 ft) maximum depth and an average of 25 meters (82 ft) across. As it is not located near any industrial areas, it is clean enough for swimming, though some brownish surface foam is visible in eddys, probably the result of phosphate runoff from local villages.

Unlike the busy Li River, it has no motorized boat traffic and relies completely on bamboo rafts to ferry passengers downriver. This has become a popular tourist activity, with passengers beginning their journey at the Yulong Bridge, a 400-year-old stone bridge. As the local government has improved local roads through the Yulong River Valley, biking has also become a popular tourist activity, as there are many quaint villages along the river, some offering bed and breakfast accommodation.

The Yulong is prone to sudden flooding, which is one of the reasons why there are not more places to stay close by. Local people have built breakwaters (weirs) every kilometer or so to allow their animals to cross the river, though many have fallen into disrepair. During the dry season (November–March), it is possible for people to walk across some of these weirs; otherwise it is necessary to hire local people to ferry passengers across for about RMB 10 per person.

The Yulong River Valley is very fertile, and its low-lying terrain is excellent for rice fields. In recent years, farmers have planted more cash crops such as pomelos, tangerines and mandarin oranges, which bring in more income than rice. The valley is still agricultural, with few services or businesses outside of the small villages. The valley is accessible from the main Yangshuo highway through the village of Yi Ma, north at the Yulong Bridge and south at the Gong Nong Bridge. The river is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of Yangshuo town proper.

Client’s Reviews

  • tonymZ2560YT


    Reviewed 9thMay2017

    While you are in Yangshuo I do recommend to rent a bike a d to ride along Yulong River! The scenery is amazing. You can combine this easily with Moon Hill or bamboo rafting! From Yangshuo my ride last in total 4 hours riding very...More

  • Grace L

    Grace L

    Reviewed 8thSeptember2017

    As part of our private tour we did a Bamboo raft river cruise along the Yulong River that was both enjoyable and fun.

  • Krosspaths K

    Krosspaths K

    Reviewed 23rdJune2017

    This was a very peaceful bamboo boat ride along Yulong River. The sound of nature, the lush green trees, and surrounding mountains made this a spectacular afternoon adventure.

  • chelholman


    Reviewed 8thMay2017

    After visiting both the Li River and the Yulong River, I would only recommend the Yulong! Both of the views are about the same on both rivers, but on the Yulong you can only take the genuine bamboo rafts without the motors, so you don't...More

  • 219glennb


    Reviewed 7thNovember2017

    The views are fantastic and the countryside majestic . You travel down stream on Bamboo Rafts . It is very relaxing and peaceful. The only downside is parts of the river are dirty and the water polluted which is a pity for being such beautiful...More

  • zaheer12a


    Reviewed 20thFebruary2019

    I stayed near Aishanmen, at the Giggling Tree, highly recommended hotel! This was pretty close to the river, which was about 5 minutes by foot. I didn't go out there with a plan, I just walked wherever the road took me. I just enjoyed the...More

  • Linda S

    Linda S

    Reviewed 18thFebruary2017

    Our guide arranged a bamboo raft trip on the Yulong River for us. I can't recall where we started but where we finished was a few minutes from Jiuxian Village. It was a real bamboo raft made of latched together bamboo lengths. As opposed to...More

  • julief960


    Reviewed 11thNovember2017

    Amazing walks along this area and Bamboo boat ride. This is a must see area of China. Location is so good, locals friendly and interesting surroundings.

  • David C

    David C

    Reviewed 16thOctober2018

    Outstanding nature, beautiful. Friendly people. We had a great guide so no problems getting around.A photo opportunity every minute

  • amsterdam05


    Reviewed 25thMay2019

    This is one of the most beautiful places we have visited. The river that flows through the ‘karst, mountains. Incredible.

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