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How to Visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge (Tips, Photos & Map)

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
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Chengyang Wind and  Rain Bridge (程阳风雨桥) is also known as Yongji Bridge or Panlong Bridge. It is the most famous wind and rain bridge of Dong nationality in Guangxi, and also a key cultural relic protection unit in China.

often refers to the scenic area of the same name which mainly includes Chengyang Bridge itself and the eight Dong minority villages in the area.

Location of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is recognized by google map as “Chengyangqiao Scenic Area” since the scenic area of the same name mainly includes Chengyang Bridge itself and the eight Dong minority villages in the area.

Chengyangqiao Scenic Area located 19km north of Sanjiang County (三江), 147 km northwest of Guilin and 104km northwest of Longji Rice Terraces Sceni Spot.

Entrance fee: 60 yuan.

Guilin-Longji-Chengyang Bridge Road Map

ABC of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

Built in 1912,  Chengyang Bridge, also knows as “Yongji Bridge”,  is a covered bridge, an architectural wonder which features the unique blend of the bridge, the corridor and the pavilions.

The bridge has 3 piers, 2 platforms ( at the both ends), five tower-type pavilions with upturned multi-level eaves. Made of the cedar and stones, Chengyang  Bridge is 64.4 meters long, 3.4 meters wide and 10.6 meters high above the river known as Linxi River.

Chengyang Eight Dong Minority Villages

Chengyang Bridge is one of the 5 wind and rain bridges in this Dong minority region which include eight Dong villages – Ma An Village, Ping Village, Ping Tan Village Yan Village, Dong Village, Da Village, Ping  Pu Village and Jichang Village, collectively known as Chengyang Eight Villages.

Each  village has an impressive drum tower and an opera stage. The drum towers are the social places in the villages built like magnificent pagodas with multi-level eaves. One tall drum tower represents the center of a village.

You will also see hundreds of wooden houses, paddy fields and rivers with water wheels, a typical Dong minority portrait.

Guilin – Sanjiang ( Chengyang Bridge) – Guiyang by High Speed Train

A visit to Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge Scenic Area is often included in your travel plan when you are either planning  your Guiyang tour or Guilin tour since it is located in the mid-way between Guilin and Guiyang.

Now Guilin, Sanjiang and Guiyang are connected by bullet trains (Google Road Map)

Now Guilin, Sanjiang and Guiyang are connected by bullet trains, very convenient to visit the three places in one travel itinerary.

Virtual Tour of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

Follow me to have a glimpse of the Dong minority villages. The eight Dong minority villages are dotted in a large area, not easy for a day tripper to cover them all.

Basically people would visit Ma An Village which is just across Chengyang Bridge, and nearby Yan Village and Ping Village.

The photo of Chengyang Bridge taken from its west end and its east end linked to Ma An Village.

Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Crossing the bridge

Crossing Chengyang Bridge
Crossing Chengyang Bridge

The river under the bridge known as Linxi River, limpid water with water wheels flanked by paddy fields with a background of wooden houses, a typical Dong village scene.

Chengyang Linxi River
Chengyang Linxi River

The Drum Tower at Ma An Village

Ma An Village Drum Tower
Ma An Village Drum Tower

The Helong Wind & Rain Bridge linking Ma An Village and Yan Village.

Helong Wind and Rain Bridge
Helong Wind and Rain Bridge

The Drum Tower at Yan Village

The Drum Tower at Yan Village
The Drum Tower at Yan Village

The Yan Village with the river flanked by wooden houses.

Yan Village
Yan Village

The Drum Tower at Ping Village

The Drum Tower at Ping Village
The Drum Tower at Ping Village

The Ping Village

The Ping Village
The Ping Village

The wooden House and Rice Fields

The wooden House and Rice Fields
The wooden House and Rice Fields

The narrow lane in the Dong Village

The narrow lane in the Dong Village
The narrow lane in the Dong Village

How to get there?

1. Take the bullet trains to Sanjiang from Guangzhou, Guilin and Guiyang. Arriving at Sanjiang South Railway Station. Then you take bus from the station to Sanjiang West Bus Station where you connect the local buses heading to Linxi (林溪) and get off at the stop of Chengyang Wind & Rain Scenic Area ( 6 yuan).

2. Take buses to Sanjiang from Guilin, Longji ( Longsheng) in Guangxi or Congjiang, Rongjiang or Guiyang from Guizhou. Then connect the local buses heading to Linxi (林溪) and get off at the stop of Chengyang Wind & Rain Scenic Area ( 6 yuan).

Where to Stay?

You are highly recommend to stay at Dong Village Hotel, a wooden 4-story house by Linxi River, just standing by another Wind and Rain Bride north of the world famous Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge.

Each room has a balcony with a clear view of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. Contact Michael Yang: 0772 – 8582421.

Each room has a balcony with a clear view of the two wind and rain bridges.
Each room has a balcony with a clear view of the two wind and rain bridges.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill (Tips, Photos & Map)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
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Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Area

Standing at the confluence of Li River and Taohua River in Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill (象鼻山)is one of the iconic landmarks of Guilin, a big draw for first-time visitors to Guilin.

The location of Elephant Trunk Hill (Google Map)

As far as I could remember, many years ago people could come here for a free glimpse of the hill which resembled an elephant drinking water by hist trunk.

Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Area is recognized by Google Map as “Xiangshan Scenic Area”. “Xiangshan” here literally means “Elephant Hill”.

Xiangshan Scenic Area Address: No.1 Binjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Xiangshan District, Guilin
Tel: 0773-2235151;0773-2800315
Official website: www.glxbs.com
Entrance Fee: Free of Charge ( starting from Jan 31, 2022)

Best Place for a Bird’s-Eye View of Elephant Trunk Hill

So if you are only attracted only to have a look at the hole in a stone on a river during your Guilin tour, you have a delightful choice to head for the nearby hotel known as Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel 桂林璟象精品酒店 and go up to the roof-top patio for a glimpse of so-called Elephant Trunk Hill over a drink, more relaxing and comfortable. At night the Elephant Trunk Hill looks gorgeous!

Viewed from the roof-top patio at Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel (Image Credit: http://www.jvbhotel.com)

Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin 5-star hotel
Address: No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, China
Tel: 0773-2325888

Today, the 55 yuan entry ticket doesn’t only allow you to have a glimpse of the moon-like hole in the rock hill, but also to hike the whole Elephant Trunk Hill along the stairs of stone steps to the top of the hill for panoramic views of Guilin city.

Folded Brocade Hill is a good alternative for a panoramic view of the city with much cheaper entry fee. But if you still want to invent your time, money and muscle at the Elephant Trunk Hill, well it is not a very bad idea though the entrance ticket is a bit exorbitant and the walk takes much longer time due to the size of the park.

Virtual Tour of Elephant Trunk Hill Park

Follow me to walk though Elephant Trunk Hill Park. There are three entrance gates – No.01, No.02 and No.03. Basically you’d better enter the park through the No.03 Gate which is closer to the hill itself, easier for you to climb up. If you only want to see the hole of the hill, you should go through either the No.01 or No.02 Gate.

Starting to hike up along the stone stairs of steps.

Looking at the west from the hillside, you can see Taohua River.

Looking at the west from the hillside, you can see Taohua River.

Looking at the north, you are able to see the confluence of the two rivers – Taohua on the left and Li River on the upper

right.

Taohua on the left and Li River on the upper

Snap some pictures on the summit where you can have clear views of the Li River, karst hills and the city.

The Li River, karst hills and the city

Li River on the south of Elephant Trunk Hill.

Li River on the south of Elephant Trunk Hill.

The apartment blocks below at a distance seen from the top of the hill.

The apartment blocks below at a distance seen from the top of the hill.

You are also able to walk to the north side of the hill on the open top where you have the chance to look at Huo Hill and Folded Brocade Hill to the north of the hill.

Huo Hill and Folded Brocade Hill seen from the north of the hill.

Backtrack after hiking around the hilltop and walk down. Then cross Taohua River along the stone bridge linking the two banks. Continue to walk for a  good spot where you can clearly see the Elephant Trunk Hill protruding from the bank of Li River.

Crossing Taohua River along the stone bridge linking the two banks.

You should walk across the stone bridge linking the two banks of Taohua River and move on to the place where you can clearly see the hole in the rock – Elephant Trunk Hill protruding from the bank of Li River.

Try to locate a good spot for an iconic photo of the hill.

The Elephant Trunk Hill

A group of foreign tourists come afar for visiting the trunk hill.

A group of foreign tourists

Posed like a fishing man, grasping a bamboo pole with two cormorants and putting on a straw rain cap.

Posed like a fishing man

A complete picture of Elephant Trunk Hill.

A complete picture of Elephant Trunk Hill

The park is more attractive to the domestic tourists due to the added entertainment in the park.

The park is more attractive to the domestic tourists.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo (Tips, Photos Map)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
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Yulong River (遇龙河), about 7 km southwest of Yangshuo, is the largest tributary of Li River with a total length of 16 km starting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge, ends at Gongnong Bridge, and emptying itself into Li River. The scenery along Yulong River is breathtaking. Yulong River is often regarded as a  smaller and quieter Li River.

Yulong River about 7 km southwest of Yangshuo, Guilin ( Google Map)

Bamboo rafting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge through Gongnong Bridge is the highlight of a leisure trip to Yangshuo. The whole bamboo rafting takes about 4 hours, which can also be cut into different boating courses – 1 hour and 2 hours rafting to suit your travel schedule. It is an interesting experience which can enrich your Guilin tour.

Sit down in a chair on a bamboo raft steered by a boatman, you will float with the current passing by the paddy fields flanked by undulating karst hills without any modern buildings; limpid water running down dams makes your rating exciting with a sense of adventure. You will raft under the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ). You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge
Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Going to pass over the dam is an exciting experience for the bambbo rafting on Yulong River

Passing over the dam
Passing over the dam

Over the Dam with a sense of adventure

Over the Dam
Over the Dam

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ).

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge,
Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge,

So relax and enjoy sitting on chairs rafting passing the beautiful scene.

 relax and enjoy sitting on chairs
relax and enjoy sitting on chairs

One American couple coming afar for the natural beauty and relaxing bamboo raft.

One American couple
One American couple

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.
You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

How to book your boat tickets

Book your tickets through your hotel for discounts including transport to/from the dock.

Bamboo rafting tickets: 100 – 300 yuan ( 1-4 hours).

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour- Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.