Location: Yangshuo County, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China
Reason to visit: For an unique Bamboo Rafting experience
Our ratings: ★★★★★
Entrance fee: free (Some activities charge money)
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:30
Yulong River is the longest tributary of Li River in Yangshuo County. It is regarded as little Li River as the landscape along Yulong River is as beautiful as that of Li River. The Yulong River 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.
Experts from all over the world have unanimously confirmed that Yulong River is a world-class natural heritage shared by human beings. On both sides of the Yulong River, there is an idyllic scenery that is pleasing to the eyes. It all makes people seem to enter the poetic realm of harmony between man and nature. You must come here!
What to Do on Yulong River?
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. You can pause in any place you want to enjoy the stunning view along, such a lovely experience. The river is pretty calm and passengers must wear life vests - so it is safe for all ages
Notice for Bamboo Rafting
1. The best time for rafting on Yulong River is from April to October.
2. Simple and easy-to-dry clothing is necessary.
3. Do not bring valuable things with you while you are rafting. Suggest you protect your cell phone, camera and other electronic products by plastic bags.
4. Prepare your own drinking water and snacks in advance.
5. Every tourist is requested to wear life jacket.
6. Do not play slapstick and splashing while you are rafting on the river for safety.
7. Sunblock is necessary in sunny day. Hot drinks will be helpful for you to avoid catching a cold, such as hot ginger decoction used in China.
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 sightseeing along the way is amazing and the road is flat.
Hiking is a wonderful way to get close to nature and appreciate the rural beauty of the Yulong River. The small countryside trails will take you through rice paddies, lush green mountain scenery, and fruit orchards. The most popular section is from Yulong Bridge to Jiuxian Pier, about 6 kilometers (4 miles). It takes about 2 hours.
Swimming is a good way to feel the river, and feel the flow. However, please be aware of the danger and take the swimming ring. This is the least you-must-give-it-a-try activity we recommend to you since there are some accidents happen every year.
The Best Time to Come to Yulong River
he best times to come to Yulong River is from April to October when the weather is mostly sunny, warm and suitable for outdoor activities. During Chinese public holidays, such as Labor Day week (May 1 to 3) and National Day week (October 1 to 7), Yangshuo's tremendous beautiful landscape attracts mass tourisms. School holidays in July and August are also super crowded. It is best to avoid that time.