Yulong River flows through some of the most beautiful karst (limestone) scenery near Yangshuo. Sitting on the reclining chair of a bamboo raft, you can enjoy an allround view of the natural, rural life down the river.

Several bike rides and hikes follow the Yulong River taking in local villages and rice paddies.
Swimming is a popular activity as there are several suitable swimming areas on the river.

A much recommended activity is to ride a bicycle from Jiuxian village, passing Xiangui Bridge after a couple of hundred metres, to Yulong Bridge (“Dragon Bridge”), following the river north-west for about 5 km. At Dragon Bridge you will have the option of putting your bicyle on a bamboo raft and then to drift down the river until you reach Jiuxian village again, or of crossing the bridge and to cycle back to Jiuxian village on the other side of the river; you can cross the river again not far from Jiuxian. (Built in 1123, Xiangui Bridge is the oldest single-arch stone bridge in Guangxi province; Yulong/”Dragon” Bridge, built in 1412, is the biggest single-arch stone bridge in this province.)

Another much recommended activity is to hike from Jiuxian village along a centuries old stone path leading through the mountains; eventually you will reach the busy Guilin-Baisha-Yangshuo road from where you can catch a bus to Yangshuo. From Yangshuo, take a taxi back to Jiuxian village, or do this by rented bicycle.


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