Lishejiang River in Dali, Chuxiong, Yuxi and Honghe

About Lishejiang River

Lishejiang river(礼社江), the name of the upper reaches of the Yuanjiang River, originated in the east foot of Ailao Mountain, Weishan Yi and Hui Autonomous County, Yunnan Province. The main stream flows through Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yuxi City, after the confluence with Luzhijiang River(绿汁江) in Yuxi City, it is called Yuanjiang river(元江). After flowing into Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, it is also known as the Honghe River(红河), and Honghe river is injected into the Beibu Gulf(北部湾) after leaving Hekou Yao Autonomous County. Lishejiang river, in Yunnan Province, mainly flows through Yuanjiang Hani, Yi and Dai Autonomous County, Honghe County, Yuanyang County(元阳), Hekou(河口) Yao Autonomous County. The main tributaries are Nanjian River(南涧河), Pixiong(毗熊) River(Juli River苴力河), Niujie River(牛街河), Malong River(马龙河) and so on.

Where is Lishejiang River?

Lishejiang river(礼社江), located in central Yunnan, is originated from the north of Weishan(巍山) Yi and Hui autonomous county. The altitude of river head is 2,650 meters above the sea level, the overall length is 282 kilometers, with a natural drop of 2045 meters, belonging to Honghe(红河) river system.

About Honghe River

Lishejiang River(礼社江) is the upper reaches of the Honghe River(one of the great rivers in southwest China), and Honghe River(Red River) and Yunling mountain(云岭) divide Yunnan Province into two parts, east and west, which is an important geographical boundary of Yunnan Province. The Honghe River is located between Ailao Mountain(哀牢山) and Wuliang Mountain(无量山), forming a deep valley 2000 meters above sea level. On the Yuanmo(Yuanjiang元江-Mohei磨黑) Expressway, there is the spectacle of the world’s tallest bridge. Honghe River Bridge is one of the most magnificent bridges of its kind in the world. The Honghe River Valley is also one of the hottest places in Yunnan Province, with an annual average temperature of more than 30 ℃. The Honghe River at the exit of Hekou County(河口县) is only 76.4 meters above sea level, the lowest point in Yunnan Province. The Honghe River is also one of China’s international rivers, flowing into Vietnam’s Lao Cai(老街), Yen Bai(安沛), Viet Tri(越池), Hanoi, Nam Dinh(南定), Taiping(太平) and other important cities.

How to Get There

There are long-distance bus, train, airplane and other vehicles you can choose.

1. Long-distance Bus

There are long-distance buses from Kunming to Dali, Chuxiong, Yuxi and Honghe. And regular buses are available between counties and towns.

2. Train

Not every county and city in Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Chuxiong Autonomous Prefecture, Yuxi City and Honghe Autonomous prefecture has their own railway stations, but the main counties and cities like Dali city, Chuxiong City, Hongta District, Mengzi City and Mile City, etc, have railway stations. In addition, there are high speed trains from Kunming to Dali.

3. Airplane

So far, there are no airports in Chuxiong, Yuxi and Honghe, but Dali has Dali Airport.

Lishejiang River in Dali, Chuxiong, Yuxi and Honghe

Accommodation Around Lishejiang River

Lishejiang River flows through Dali, Chuxiong, Yuxi and Honghe in Yunnan province. There are hotels in these places, so accommodation is not a problem.

Useful Travel Tips

1. The river mainly flows through mountainous regions, the temperature difference is large from daytime to night. You are supposed to bring coats in case the changes in the weather.

2. On rainy days, it is prone to nature disasters, try to avoid going out. While on the sunny days, ultraviolet ray in most Yunnan province is strong, please bring sun cream, sunglasses and other sunscreen products.

3. There are a lot of attractions in Dali, Chuxiong, Yuxi and Honghe, such as Dali ancient town, Honghe Hani rice terrace.

4. Lishejiang River has different names when running through difference places, its lower reach is called Honghe River because it flows through Honghe Prefecture.