Both the Chinese and English Academy at Omeida organized a weekend activity to cycle from Omeida to Fuli bridge, located near Yangshuo, China. Biking to Fuli Bridge is an easy daytime activity to do with friends and family of all ages!
There are both half-day and full-day options when biking around this area. Find a tourist map online or at your accommodation to start planning your route! Make sure to pack plenty of water, as the trek could get long. Once you’re there, you’ll spot many food stalls and locals hanging around the bridge fishing. Fuli Bridge is our favorite old style bridge in the Yangshuo area. The bridge is made of stones and is located at upstream of the Yulong bridge over the Yulong river. This area is very rural and quiet. Although it is located only a short distance from the very touristy and popular Yulong Bridge, the Fuli Bridge is a barely visited gem. Few travelers come here and those who do, usually have the stunning stone arch completely to themselves. Sometimes, children from the neighboring villages come here to swim in the shallow pools, squealing and jumping in over and over again in their clothes.
Once in a while, a farmer crosses with a heavy load on his shoulders or a motorbike whizzes past, but otherwise, the stunning landscape around Fuli Bridge is completely tranquil. Only seldom do the bamboo rafts make it this far upriver and there are no coach tours to be seen. Thus, it’s a great idea to imitate the locals and hop into the cool water for a peaceful swim in the dragon river.
Located within the boundaries of Baisha Town, Yangshuo County, Fuli Bridge was built over 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty. The bridge measures 30 meters in length, 10 meters in height and 5 meters in width.
Single-arched stone bridges were a common type of bridge built in ancient China due to their strength and sturdiness, and like many of them, the Fuli Bridge has survived thanks to its high resistance to weathering.
This was also a great opportunity for our students to improve their language skills. Our group activity allowed everyone to exchange cultures, make friends, and build connections. Learning outside the classroom is essential to master a language.
Even if you’re miserable when you saddle up, cranking through the miles will lift your spirits. However, events like these do not happen without detailed preparation and planning, and without volunteers this would not have happened at all. Thanks to everyone.
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