Dulong River rises from Boshulachen Snow Mountain in Tibet. The upper branch, Luoluo River and Mabiluo River, converge into Dulongjiang River. The Chinese part of Dulongjiang River is 250 km long. The river flows into Gongshan County from Dibuli and passes Maoding, turns west, passes Maku Village in Gongshan County and flows into Burma and joins Enmeikai River. The Yunnan part is 80 km long and has a drainage area of 1,947 sq km. Along Dulong River is the famous Hengduan Mountains. To the west of the river is Dandanglika Moutain and to the east of the river is Gaoligong Mountain. The terrain changes a lot in the region, and the temperature varies much at the foot of the mountain and the top of the moutain. The rushing river water drops greatly in the river. The velocity of flow vary from three meters per second to six meters per second. There are also rare birds and animals and precious Chinese medicine materials in the thick forests along the river. Up to now, the region has not been developed. The marvonous natural scenery and the colorful folk customs make the place a perfect destination for both tourists and explorists.
Major scenic spots:
Moon Waterfalls, Maku Zhanggu Nature Barrier, Qiqi Virgin Forest Nature Reserve, Dulong River Post Road, and Dulong Nationality Folk Custom Area.
Maku Zhanggu Nature Barrier:
Dulong River becomes roaring and gusting in Maku Village. Along the river are cliffs, great mountains and thick forests with abundant rare animals and plants. Crystal clear streams and waterfalls dot the region.
Moon Waterfall: also called Hapang Waterfall, which means the shiny water from the heaven in Dulong language. The waterfall got its name of moon because water shines brightly in the moonlight whenever it is the 15th of the month of the lunar calendar when the moon is round. And it is quite enjoyable to watch the waterfall in the moonlight then.
The Rattan Strips Bridges on Dulong River
The 150 branches of Dulong River flow in Gaoligong Mountain and Dandanglika Mountain and form numerous deep gullies. To cross the gullies, Dulong people have built many bridges from rattan strips. The rattan bridges look very simple. People fasten the two ends of two parallel thick rattan strips at the river banks, weave a net of thin rattan strips between the two thicker ones, then put some long wood boards or wide bamboo strips on the net. A V-shape bridge is made then.
Dulong River Post Road
Dulong River Post Road is the only post road leading to Dulong River Canyon. Along the road are numerous waterfalls and other beautiful sceneries. There also live many rare animals and plants along the road. It takes about three days to reach the Dulong River by the post road on foot. Dulong nationality entered socialist society directly from primitive society in the 1950s. The folk customs, as well as the pure natural sceneries, make the place a perfect attraction for tourists.