time: 5 to 6 hours.
Difficulty: easy walk.
In Jiuxian, it's possible to eat at a
farmer's house, with fresh vegetables supplied directly
from his backyard garden.
From Yangshuo bus station, take the bus
heading for Jingbao. Ask the driver to let you get off
at an intersection after Baisha. From the intersection,
a 10-minute walk, you will find Yulong bridge. You can
also catch a bus at Yangshuo heading for Guilin or
Yangdi (Y5), tell the driver to drop you off at Baisha,
Map: For a detailed map, see
Yulong Bridge -- > Jiuxian: 2 hours.
From Yulong bridge, both
sides of the river have trails going to Jiuxian.
The region is often recommended by locals
to the tourists for bike tours.
I prefer to walk.
Following the small paths along the Yulong river, you
can enjoy a panoramic view of the river as well as the
green rice fields and beautiful hills.
If you bike,
you have to take the wider road used by local tractors.
Yulong river is barely visible. If you have time, it is
worth to try both.
The upper left photo was taken at
the west bank of Yulong river. The one below was Xiangui
Between Yulong bridge and Jiuxian, there is
no other bridge. But you can cross the river easily by
following the ridge of a dam (see photo below left, it
was taken when the level of river was fairly high).
There are more than 25 dams built between Yulong bridge
and Gongnong bridge for irrigation.
Jiuxian -- > Yangshuo: 3
Don't cross the Dashi bridge in Jiuxian.
Following the path along the east bank, you will pass
several villages. In Lima, there is an intersection, the
path to the left leads to Yangshuo directly, the path to
the right will bring you to Gongnong bridge on the
Yangshuo and Wuzhou highway. From there you can take a
bus back to Yangshuo.
Written by Suyun in 2003.