First Bend of the
The 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 V-shape bend.
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.
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