First Bend of the Yangtze
First Bend of the Yangtze River is located on the north side
of the highway leading from Dali to Lijiang, about 70 km.
from lijiang Town. The upper reaches of the Yangtze River
is named the Jinsha River, which originates from the Qinghai-Tibet
Plateau. The Jinsha River flowed southward along the Hengduan
Mountain ranges and was forced to the turn to north because
of the Alpine movements which caused changes in the earth's
physiognomy. When the river reaches Shigu Township, it makes
an abrupt turn and flows further northward, forming the rare
On the hill as the river bends stands the
small Shigu (stone drum) Township. It is so called because
of the existence of a drum-like stone tablet. It is 1.5 m.
in diametre, 70 mm. in thickness, being the memorial tablet
marking the victory of territorial expansion of Lijiangs local
ruler Baichuan, surnamed Mu, in the 27th to 40th year of the
Jiaqing era of the Ming Dynasty (1548-1561). It is one of
the earliest stone tablets hitherto found at Lijiang.
The river is broadened at the bend and flows
slowly. The famous historical event, such as "Zhuge Liang's
Crossing the Lushni River in the Fifth Month", Kublai Khan's
"Crossing the River on Leather Rafts" all chose this place
as a ferry. In May 1936, the Red Army to leaders He Long,
Ren Bishi and Guan Xianying led the Second Route Red Army
to march north, crossing the river also at this place. At
present, a splendid memorial tablet marking the victorious
crossing is erected here.
Lijiang tour to First Bend Yangtze
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