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Stone Drum (Shigu) Town

Shigu Town, Lijiang 674113, China
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Not worth a detour

This is on the way from Lijiang to Shangri La but you won't be impressed after seeing Dali and... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
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Worth a stop near Leaping Tiger Gorge

This is considered to be an almost sacred place as it is where the Yangtze was 'forced' to make its... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2017
Mike C
Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

This is on the way from Lijiang to Shangri La but you won't be impressed after seeing Dali and Lijiang. If time is tight definitely skip it

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

This is considered to be an almost sacred place as it is where the Yangtze was 'forced' to make its first bend due to the mountain. There is a parking area in the middle of the main street and walking across the road, through a...More

Thank Mike C
Reviewed June 3, 2016

We stopped by here on way to Leaping Tiger Gorge. They have one of the oldest stone drums in China. A military strategy point, many battles were here.

Thank scvrose
Reviewed September 12, 2015

The starting point of Shigu Town is the scenic attraction of the First Bend of the Yangtze River. The combination of mountains, sea of clouds and the bend of Yangtze River presents breathtaking scenic views which are excellent for photography. Our visit was coincided with...More

Thank ryanteo
Reviewed May 31, 2015

This small town has some relics relating to the Long March. There is a stone drum currently being restored that marks the event. Not far from the town is a viewing point marking the "first turn " of the Yang Tse River as it turns...More

Reviewed January 6, 2015

This town stands at the First Bend of the Yangtze River and is militarily strategic. Zhuge Liang, of the Three Kingdoms crossed here as did Kublai Khan. The second route of the Red Army crossed the river and began their long march here. There is...More

Thank nellielim
Reviewed June 8, 2013

A short visit to Shigu is worth the travel over from Lijiang. The drive reveals some of the most outstanding scenery and accompanied with your read "forgotten Kingdom" by Peter Goullart the backdrop is perfect to imagine a bygone age in China. Shigu is worth...More

1  Thank Craig C
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Shigu is small and quaint, with hilly backstreets and alleys offering views over the Yangtze first bend. The town has a lot of history, being part of the ancient tea route and was the first night stop for travelers back then after leaving Lijiang. The...More

2  Thank FANOOR
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Actually, Stone Drum Town is not just famous for the First Bend of Yangtze River, it is also an important transportation hub, trade center and military stonghold since ancient time. It is a stop for the Tea and Horse Road(a trading route over 2000 years...More

1  Thank sweetsophiaL
Reviewed August 18, 2012

The town itself has not much to offer and the restaurants are not really nice. So it is just good enough to stop by for a couple photos of the first bend of the Yangtze river and move on.... Terrible toilets as well !

1  Thank JeffBHongKong
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