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Yulong River Hiking in Yangshuo

Yulong River Hiking in Yangshuo

Written by Kelly PangUpdated Feb. 21, 2022
  • Features: Hiking along Yulong River is one of the most popular hiking routes in Yangshuo. This route features picturesque countryside scenery and karst landscapes.
  • Total distance: 6 kilometers (4 miles)
  • Time needed: around 2 hours
Yulong Bridge on Yulong River Yulong Bridge on Yulong River

You can walk the full length of the river or choose a section to hike. The most popular hiking section is from Yulong Bridge (遇龙桥 Yulong Qiao /yoo-long chyaoww/ 'Meet With Dragon Bridge') to Gongnong Bridge (工农桥 Gongnong Qiao /gong-nong chyaoww/ 'Workers and Peasants Bridge'). This section is also a very popular rafting tour.

Yulong Bridge is a famous old bridge on the Yulong River. The bridge was built in the Ming Dynasty over 600 years ago. It is a single-arched stone bridge, which is 36 meters (118 feet) long, 4.2 meters (14 feet) wide and 9 meters (30 feet) high. The bridge retains its original constitution.

Walking from Yulong Bridge and following the river, you will see another old bridge on the river: Xiangui Bridge (仙桂桥 Xiangui Qiao /sshyen-gway chyaoww/). Xiangui Bridge has a history of about 1,000 years. The bridge body retains its original makeup. Proceed to Jiuxian, a small village with many old houses.

Follow the path on the east bank (which leads to leads to Big Banyan Tree), walk through a few villages, and you will reach Xinglong Dock (兴隆码头 Xinglong Matou /sshing-long maa-toh/ 'Flourishing Dock'). There are many restaurants near Xinglong Bridge. Xinglong Dock is a rafting dock close to the bridge. Walk further along the river bank, and you will reach Gongnong Bridge, the end of the hike.

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