First Bend of the
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
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
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
Lijiang Travel Attractions
Dragon Snow Mountain
Bend of the Yangtze River