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Yangtze river first bend

We stopped by the first bend of the Yangtze River on 21 Apr 2017 (Thu) on our way to Shangrila. This is the upstream of the Yangtze River located at 1850m above sea kevel... read more

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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by the first bend of the Yangtze River on 21 Apr 2017 (Thu) on our way to Shangrila. This is the upstream of the Yangtze River located at 1850m above sea kevel. According to our tour guide An Peng from China Highlights, the Yangtze River has fascinating history dated back to the Mongorian era and how the Naxi... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The weather was poor and so the view compromised. It must be lovely on a clear day However, I would not go out of my way to do this, only if en route

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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I viewed this from a viewing tower. We happened to pass by this attraction on the way from shangrila to Lijiang. Unless it's along the way, personally I think it's not a much go...

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Pasir Ris, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

We need to climb a high building before you are able to see the first bend of the Yangtze river. Actually, there is another nearer sight where you can see this bend. Anyway, it is still a nice photo shoot. Even though it is not much, but the first bend is an important place where the ship travels and open... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Agree with the other reviewers, nice view of a valley with a river but not a must see. Kind of reminded me of Guilin. A lot of people, many meaningless souvenir stores and that is about it. If on your way please make a short stop otherwise don't bother.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

The Chinese seem to make a big deal out of viewing the first bend of the Yangtse, or the first bend of the Mekong and so on, setting up convenient viewing platforms, and charging fees for people to view and take snapshots of the river. To my mind the view is not necessarily any more scenic than lots of other... More 

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

After a long drive we finally arrived at the first bend of the Yangtze (TripAdvisor needs to correct the attraction title) and basically thought "oh, is that it". It's basically a very large bend in a very large brown river. Unfortunately it was raining so it was deemed to slippery to go up to the lookout point (something to note... More 

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Reviewed 11 May 2016

This site is overlooked by a very interesting village, which is best visited on market day. Here, Naxi people sell and buy farmed or home made produce. There is also Naxi music played in an old assembly hall. The Long March monument and museum currently under renovation also look interesting. Very authentic.

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Bathurst, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

This first bend, not bay, of the Yangtze is of historical importance. There are many vendors, as has been noted in other reviews, but it is worth paying the nominal extra charge to get to the top of the viewing tower, where the view is excellent, and it is much quieter than lower down.

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Lauchringen, Germany
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Reviewed 8 December 2015

But not more than that. The place, where you stop, offers a nice view of the Upper Yangtze River - once you have worked your way through the many stalls offering all the souvernirs you never needed. It is about a 5-minute stop, and that's it.

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