The First Bend of the Yangstze River is located between Shasongbi Village in Shangri-la County and Shigu Town in Lijiang. It has an altitude of 1850 meters. The Yangtze River runs all the way down from Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau to Yunnan, going through the mountains and valleys, then make a sudden turn of over 100 degrees to northeast at Shasongbi Village, forming a “Ω” shape. People call this spectacle “the First Bend of Yangtze River”.
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Shigu Town, literally means “Stone Drum”, is one of the most famous historic towns in China. It is a place of important military significance. There is a stone stele memorizing the Long March of Red Army on a small hill. It is also the perfect place to have a bird’s eye view of the First Bend of Yangtze River.

First Bend of Yangtze River

How to get there

The First Bend of Yangtze River is located on the way between Lijiang and Shangri-la. It is advised to visit the place together with Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is only half an hours’ drive from Tiger Leaping Gorge. It’s best to rent a car to visit these attractions.

For tourists in Lijiang, there are buses available from Lijiang Bus Station to Shigu Town.


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