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Yulong Bridge
Yulong Bridge

Yulong Bridge

Yulong Village, Baisha Town, Yangshuo, China

The Basics

A visit to Yangshuo wouldn’t be complete without taking to the quiet waters of the Yulong River on a bamboo raft ride, which frequently depart from directly beneath the bridge. The calm, shallow waters near the bridge double as a popular swimming spot, particularly among locals of nearby Baisha Village. If you want to be sure to see this picturesque bridge, consider booking a customizable private tour of the area; boat trips leave from a few different places, but a private tour allows you to specify that you’d like to start at Yulong Bridge.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Yulong Bridge is a popular point of interest for first-time visitors and photographers.

  • Raft rides from the bridge down the Yulong River typically last about three to four hours.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

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How to Get There

While the easiest way to reach Yulong Bridge is as part of a guided tour, you can also get there independently by taking a minibus from the Yangshuo Bus Station toward Baisha Village and getting off at Yulong Village. It’s also possible to ride a bicycle along the river from Yangshuo.

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When to Get There

The best time to enjoy Yangshuo’s outdoor attractions, such as the Yulong River and Yulong Bridge, is during the shoulder months, from March to ‘mid-May and September to November. Late May and June tend to be rainy, while July and August are hot and humid.

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Legend of the Yulong Bridge

Local folklore explains how the bridge got its nickname. A student preparing for an exam in ancient China found himself stuck on the wrong side of the Yulong River on his way to Yangshuo. The boy prayed for a way across so as not to miss his test, promising to build a bridge if he could just make it on time. A dragon appeared and helped the student across, and upon passing his exam, he returned to make good on his promise.

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