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First Bend of Yangtze River

 Lijiang Attractions

Located in the Stone Drum Town of the Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, Lijiang City of Yunnan Province, the First Bend of the Yangtze River is 1,850 meters above sea level, 130 km away from Shangri-La County. 

The Yangtze River Bend, as its name denotes, is the place where the south running river suddenly turns northward due to changes in the shape of the nearby mountain ranges which form a mammoth V shape at this spot.

With the gradual deposit of fertile soil at this spot, a village slowly came into being, now called Stone Drum Town. Since ancient times, this town has been an important town, linking Tibet with the outside world. Here Tibetan people bring their quality fell, hide and herbal medicine and take home tea, salt, cloth and other necessities.

When market day comes, the town is incredibly crowded and bustling. In Stone Drum Town, gold sands of the first gulf in Yangtze River which is located in the west Lijiang City turn the direction 180 degree here, hurtle to open the mountain layer after layer to obstruct, turn around to go up north again and then the east go to. This gorgeous scene had become famous and known as the First Bend of the Yangtze River. 

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