Also known as Dragon River, the Yulong River in Yangshuo is a tributary of the Li River. It’s an ideal and scenic spot for rafting. Traditionally the people of the village use bamboo to make rafts and cross the river during the day. Now visitors can enjoy this pleasant experience. Rafting along the Yulong River is a great way to spend a few hours on any Yangshuo adventure, and it’s a peaceful alternative to the Li River. Bamboo rafts are exclusively used to travel along the river rather than motorized ones, keeping the water quiet and calm.
The Yulong River is located about a 40-minute bike ride or 7 kilometers south from the Yangshuo town centre. This fertile river is approximately 25 meters wide and stretches for 35 kilometers through such Yulong River Valley towns as Litang, Chaolong, Yima and Gaotian town, eventually flowing into the Li River. The water is shallow at only 5 meters deep.
The trip typically begins at the Yulong Bridge and the journey can last approximately two hours, however we normally do a 45-minute to one-hour ride through the most beautiful section of the river. Guests can sit back on the bamboo raft while gazing at the panorama of the river valley, passing mud and brick villages, farmlands with farmers and their water buffaloes. There are also some opportunities for swimming. The raft is steered by a gondolier and rafts are big enough to fit two passengers as well as accompanying bikes, making the rafting tour easily paired with a day of cycling. The best time to experience this is during the spring and autumn months.