Yangshuo Yulong River

The Meeting Dragon River, also called the Yulong River, is a picturesque tributary of the Li River. Quiet and pure near Yangshuo, it flows through some of the most beautiful Karst scenery, peaceful villages, and the 600-year-old Yulong stone bridge. If you want to have 1 day or so of your Guilin tour left for stunning natural beauty, then Yulong River is the right place.

The Legend of Meeting Dragon River

Once upon a time, a dragon from the East Sea travelled here and was attracted by the beautiful scenery and stayed. At first, he just came out at night, but later, he could not help coming out in the daytime. So he was seen by the villagers, and the river was renamed Meeting Dragon River.

Bamboo Rafting in Yulong RiverBamboo Rafting in Yulong River

Things to Do along the Yulong River

Biking and hiking

These can be some of the most memorable days on your Guilin tour as you cycle and hike following the banks of the Meeting Dragon River. Along the way, you pass through small villages and rice paddies. This idyllic experience will be remembered for many years to come.


Have you ever gone kayaking before? This time, it will be a lot different. The river is so clear that it allows you to see the cobbles on the riverbed and fish swimming. A unique scene on the way is that locals built breakwaters (weirs) every kilometre or so to allow their animals to cross the river. So you could see water buffalos crossing the river through the weirs like walking on the river's surface.

Bamboo Rafting

Once you arrive at the region, you will immediately be attracted by a wired type of transportation equipment, bamboo rafts. Locals use them widely daily up and down the river between houses, markets, and rice paddies. Some villagers made bigger rafts to woo the tourists, and soon, it became a travel highlight around Yangshuo. Sitting on the reclining bamboo chair on the raft, you can enjoy an all-around view of the natural, rural life down the river.


Swimming is also a popular activity on this river. Swimming here is safer than on the Li River as there is a smaller current that is not as deep.

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