Shigu Ferry

Last updated by meimeili at 2014/5/3


The Shigu Ferry is a popular destination for a lot of people these days not just because it is a good location to unwind but also because of its significance in history. The Shigu Ferry is also named as the Red Ferry. In 2005, this became a part of the list of National 100 Classic Red Scenic Spots.

Shigu is important in terms of transportation and commerce because it also serves as a link between the north and south part of the province. This serves as a passageway for people who are travelling, as well as merchants who are doing their business.

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For people who are visiting Shigu Ferry, they get to meet not just tourists, but also locals who have different ethnicities. Among the different ethnic groups which reside in this place are the Miao, Lisu, Bai, Han and Naxi groups.

The part of the river where the Shigu Ferry is situated is much broader compared to the other sections. Hence, it is perfect for a blissful ferry ride. The experience is wonderful because the water in this area is also calm and serene. The ferry ride can go smoothly and people can just enjoy the scenic view while they are moving along the river.

For the longest time, this area was also considered as a significant post for the military. Back in the day when there are threats from conquerors, this became the post for military personnel. The strategic location gives military men and advantage over the others.

There are three historical moments which happened in Shigu Ferry and within the part of the river where it rests. First, was when Zhuge Liang crossed this section of the river along with his men. This happened during the Three Kingdom Period, after he pacified the revolt in Nanzhong, which is also called as Sichuan.

The second highlight within the Shigu Ferry is the time when Kublai Khan crossed the river in this specific part. He took a ferry ride and according to historical data, he was carrying leather bags along with him when he sailed off. This happened during the Yuan Dynasty.

The third historical moment was during the time when the Japanese tried to threaten the peace of the province and attempted to invade. It was in April 1936 when the Red Army crossed the river and started their revolt from this location. The fight was led by three very important individuals who were He Long, Ren Bishi and Xiao Ke.

Red Army Museum

Because of the bravery which was shown by the Red Army during the Japanese invasion, the Red Army Museum was built. This is situated close to the Shigu Ferry. It looks almost like a tower and the structure is a remembrance of the important occurrence in history. This place showcases relics which are remnants of the battle which the Red Army fought.


The interesting part is that the township close to the Shigu Ferry is also a great destination for tourists. Since the section of the river where the Shigu Ferry is has always been regarded as significant, the township also continued to flourish and progress.

Today, this place is bursting with so much enigma. The marketplace is a great venue for shopping. There are various local produce and other items which are made by the locals. The part of the river has been a preferred route by a lot of merchants. Hence, the township also receives plenty of various products from nearby locations.

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Lijiang , Yunnan Province

How to Get There?

From Dali, there are busses which go to Lijiang and leave every four hours.

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Opening Hours:

All day

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After experiencing the ferry ride, explore the nearby township too which offer exciting shopping areas and comfortable accommodation for tourists.

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posted by "hcf122" at 10/24/2008 4:19:00 AM

The toilet at the ferry is dirty and smelly.


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