Yulong River, 43.5 kilometers in length, 1 to 3 meters in depth and the basin area of 5, 158.47 sq. kilometers, is the longest branch of the Li River in Yangshuo County. Thus, Yulong River is called “Litter Li River”. Besides, Yulong River is the largest pure natural mountain and water garden in Guilin. There are over a hundred of sights which are without manmade far from the bustling city and remain the origin, simple and pure of nature. The domestic and international experts affirm that,” Yulong River is a first class of natural heritage in the world. ”
Yulong River originates from Linggui County of Guilin and flows through more than 30 different villages to the south to Yangshuo. It empties itself into the Li River in Yangshuo. The water of Yulong River is always clear and flowing slowly. Thousand of unique shaped limestone hills and rice paddy fields are standing and can be seen along the whole river. Tourist boats cannot be sailing on this river as many dams have been built in this river for the irrigation purpose. So the best way to visit this river is trekking, biking or bamboo rafting.
This river used to be unknown a couple of years ago, the fisherman along this river just used their own bamboo rafts for the fishing. But some of them found bamboo rafting on this river was a good way for the tourists to explore the beauty of Yangshuo and feel relaxed. Then more and more tourists do biking along this river and bamboo rafting on this river. The bamboo rafting is a kind of leisure rafting, the water is flowing quite slowly, and some rafts have a big umbrella ready for a sudden rain and keeping the passengers in the shade in summer. You can easily get a peaceful and quiet mood when you are sitting on the bamboo rafts and enjoying the picturesque scenery.
Yulong River is regarded as a good place to escape from the bustling cities. There is one saying in Guilin, “He who has never been to Li River is not a true man, and the thing that he has not gone to Yulong River is his biggest regret.” Yulong River is a tourist must in Yangshuo.
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