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First Bend of the Yangtze River

First Bend of the Yangtze River, Lijiang ChinaJinshajiang River comes down from Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau to the South. When it arrives at Shigu Town, it is obstructed by Hailuo Mountain and forms a V-shape turn. Then it changes the direction and goes to the northeast. The curvature of this turn almost reaches a 140 degrees of angle. It is the First Bend of Yangtze River known through the world.

Jinshajiang River flows at great speed down to Shigu Town and then with the width of the river enlarged from here, the speed of the water gradually comes down and makes Shigu a natural ferry.

The First Bend of Yangtze River is approximately 70 kilometers away from Lijiang. To access to the First Bend of Yangtze River, we recommend you to stop about one hundred meters before the center of Shigu Town village and climb about 40 meters uphill from where you can see the magnificent view without any blocking. The way is not easy to find. If you don't have any guide, the locals will be able to show you the way for some RMB.

A visit to all beauty of the First Bend of Yangtze River would not be completed without a glance in the charming town close to Shigu, which was an important center of commerce on the Tea Horse Ancient Road between Dali and Tibet.

Shigu Town

Shigu Town (Stone Drum Town) is located beside the First Bend of Yangtze River. The reason for the name of the town is that there is a drum-shaped tombstone in the town with the inscription recording the story that Mu Gao, the Naxi chieftain, beat the Tibetan. And that is the reason why the town was named as ¡°Shi-gu¡± (Literally translated from Chinese as ¡°Stone Drum¡±). Because of its mild climate and the fertile soil, it was a very important town in the Tea horse Ancient Road. Tibetan people brought furs and herbs here to exchange for tea, salt, cloth and other daily use articles. Nowadays, it is also a trading market for people live around.

Shigu Town is 70 kilometers away from Lijiang County. From this place, people can go south to Dali and north to Tibet.

Lijiang Travel Attractions
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Lijiang Old Town
Lugu Lake
Tiger Leaping Gorge
First Bend of the Yangtze River
Naxi Ancient Music
Heilongtan Park
Lijiang Murals
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