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First Bend of the Yangtze River

* The First Bend of the Yangtze.
* History: unknown
* Distance from Kunming: 575Km
* Entrance fee: RMB 25
* Open Hours: All day
* Address: Shigu Town, Lijiang
* Best visiting time: 
All year around

First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
First Bend of the Yangtze River
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 Surrounded by water and mountains, the First Bend of the Yangtze has picturesque scenery, the river flowing slowly in the broad channel, a belt of willows growing along the bank, Yunling Mountains stretching around and enclosing it, tiers of terraced fields entwining the mountain slope, connecting with flat fields and farmhouses, which enjoys a reputation of "mini Jiangnan.

 
About 70 km. from lijiang Ancient Town, the First Bend of the Yangtze River is located on the north side of the highway leading from Dali to Lijiang. After rushing down the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the upper reaches of the 3,100-mile Yangtze River suddenly change direction to the north between Shigu (Stone Drum) and Qiaotou, Zhongdian County, and form a huge V-shaped bend, which is known as “the first bend of the Yangtze River.” Owing to the bend, the Jinsha River, which would otherwise flows out of China, returns and remains within China’s borders. The Jinsha River is thus jokingly called a “patriotic” river.
 
At the bend, the river surging from the north becomes peaceful and quiet, like a plateau lake, with reflections of mountains coalescing into a picturesque and relaxing aspect. Here at Shasongbi, the Yangtze River becomes clear and still, with groves of willows on both banks and 38 square miles of golden rape flower blooming on the plain and reflected in the water. The top of the hill behind the village of Shasongbi commands a panoramic view of the first bend of the Yangtze River.
 
Rushing southwards from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Yangtze is blocked by the Hailuo Cliff at Shigu, Yunnan, which makes it turn roughly to northeast, forming a rare great bay of "V" shape, which is called the First Bay of the Yangtze. According to the geologist, the Yngtze flowed southwards along Hengduan Mountains to Jianchuan and Yangbi Gorge in ancient time; later, land movement resulted in the change of the landform, which forced the river to divert, forming the turn of its flowing direction from south to east.
 

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