Jinsha River, the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, entered Yunnan from the northwest. After arriving at Shigu Town in Lijiang, there was a sudden sharp turn of more than 140 degrees, to the northeast, forming a rare V-shaped big bay, which is named “the first bend of the Yangtze River”.

Shigu Town has historically been an important military place and it is said that Zhuge Liang and the Mongolian Army chose Shigu as the place to cross the Jinsha River. The drum-shaped white marble stone monument, the quaint iron rope bridge, the Red Army Crossing River Monument, and the idyllic scenery of Shigu are all the reasons for your visit.

Other Lijiang’s Attractions

What to Do in Lijiang?

Impressing Lijiang

Put together by the great director Zhang Yi Mou, most renowned for his work on the Beijing Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, this outdoor theater happens to be set over sea level by about 3300 meters. The Jade Dragon Mountain is used as a backdrop for it. This cultural show utilizes more than 500 actors and performers of different ethnic minorities, each of which articulates a narrative that celebrates the unique traditions of all 11 ethnic minorities residing in Lijiang.

Trips and Tours Ideas in Lijiang

Baoshan Village Lijiang

Trekking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge

4 days | Wumu, Baoshan, and Tiger Leaping Gorge
A superb hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge with stops in two typical and charming villages. A nice break in the most beautiful mountain landscapes of Yunnan.

Old city of Lijiang

Highlights of North Yunnan

7 days | Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La
Stroll around the charming old villages of Dali and Lijiang. Discover the stunning scenery and Tibetan culture of Shangri-La…

Three Pagodas Dali

Wonders of Yunnan

16 days | Best seller
A travel plan for travelers who want to explore the most attractive landscapes of Yunnan in one trip.