Bike Ride to Dragon Bridge on Yulong River, Guangxi, China

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Bike Ride to Dragon Bridge on Yulong River, Guangxi, China

 

 

There are two main rivers near Yangshuo: the Yulong river and the famous Li River. Both are famous for its dramatic scenery and one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery is riding a bike. All the roads are pretty well managed to ride a bike. Not just for tourists, it is one of the major transportation systems for people who live here.

 

Dragon Bridge is one of the most highly recommended routes to people who want to cycle around Yulong River from Yangshuo. It’s about 21km round trip, and no elevation change. We rent a bike (City bike-10yuan, Mountain bike-20yuan) and pedaling our way to Yulong River. The sky was hazy just like our everyday in Yangshuo, but it seemed little bit better than last few days.

 

On the way to Yulong River, near Jima

On the way to Yulong River, near Jima

The view is great on either side, but in order to enjoy Yulong River on both sides, it’s better to cross the river before reach Dragon Bridge. You can cross the river by one of the countless bamboo rafts all over the river, but only if you can bare the hassle between bamboo rafters. We crossed by a small bridge right after Jima zhen (Jima town).

 

Crossing Yulong River

Crossing Yulong River

 

Parts of the roads were well paved and even country roads were comfortable for a bike ride. It’s not easy to find the right path to Dragon Bridge, but also it’s not easy to get lost. Just remember where is the river and which side you are on. The whole journey took about 5 hours but we did some detour.

 

It was a pleasant day. Good weather, considering everyday was damp and misty, better visibility than most of the days we’ve been here and relatively warm weather. The thing about Yangshuo is that it is a charming town but if you want to feel the beauty of this city, you need to get out of the town. Hiking, biking, walking or even cruising, there are several ways to look around the area. For biking, Yangshuo is biker friendly. Cheap bike rental places are all over the city.

 

After few more days and more outdoorsy activities, Yangshuo was growing on me. Still, all the photos are hazy and I didn’t see the shiny days like I was expected, it was good enough to enjoy the day, relatively. Maybe because previous few days were extremely cold and damp. If you are wondering about my first impression about China or Yangshuo, read this article: What’s going on China? – The First impression of China or Yangshuo.

 

View on Dragon Bridge

The view of Yulong River on Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge on Yulong River

Dragon Bridge from west side of Yulong River

 

Remember a few things for biking in China

 

Don’t be fooled by sweet-old Chinese guy who leads your way. There’s a high chance that he’s one of the bamboo boat drivers or he will try to sell you something.

 

There’s no rule for driving in China, or at least it appears to be. No matter what they’re driving, they will go anywhere and whenever they want. Don’t trust stop sign and streetlights, which mean nothing. Look around and be aware of vehicles around you. That’s the best way to do it.

 

Biking to Yulong River

Biking to Yulong River

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

10 Comments

  1. Kim Wright says:

    LOVE this post! Stunning photos and sounds like a fantastic day out riding! Hopefully we can do this when we get to visit China 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sounds and looks like a nice bike ride, probably quite a good way to see the Chinese country side. Yes, I would imagine the traffic rules are quite ummm “flexible” as you point out (didn’t try out biking when I was in China), but you didn’t have any close calls, did you?

    • Juno says:

      It felt like a life threatening experience, riding a bike in China. Glad I survived. Well, we were extremely careful, since it was getting dark and cars were totally crazy. Hope I won’t get any ‘close calls’. Wish me luck!

  3. Meaghan says:

    Please don’t die being struck by a car… I would miss you! Be safe!

  4. Dean says:

    I actually like the way the mountains look with the haziness and mist about them. It’s different to the usual photos that I have seen. Yangshuo looks like a beautiful area.

  5. Courtney says:

    Hi! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Appreciate it!

  6. […] only in the countryside. I was only comfortable when there was no traffic or fast moving objects. One bike ride in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province of China was one of the scariest experiences in my life, but we survived. So I can do it, but I’m just not […]

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