The Three Natural Bridge is a series of natural limestone bridges located in Xiannüshan Town, Wulong County, Chongqing Municipality, China. They lie within the Wulong Karst National Geology Park, itself a part of the South China Karst-Wulong Karst UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Chinese, the bridges are all named after dragons, namely Tianlong (Sky Dragon) Qinglong (Azure Dragon) and Heilong (Black Dragon).
Enjoy The Beauty of The Natural Bridge
1. Tianlong Bridge
The Tianlong Suspension Bridge next to Tianlong Hotel is the entrance of an old trail. This bridge stretches over Wulu Canyon and is about 110 m long and 40 m high. The bridge is made of iron chain and its width only allows 2 passengers at once. Connecting the steep cliffs without any support of piers, the bridge presents a challenging experience. The steep and bumpy Tianlong Ancient Trail is about 1.1 km long, and may take around 1.5 hours, but fans of special plants should never miss it. The Three Natural Bridge tickets include an access to this bridge.
2. Qinglong Bridge
Qinglong Bridge is the most precipitous one among the three. It's 281m high, with a bridge thickness of 168m. After the rains, a waterfall pours over the bridges and forms a mist. When the sunset reflects on the mist, a colorful rainbow emerges like a dragon ascending to the heaven. It is absolutely a beautiful thing to do at The Three Natural Bridge.
3. Heilong Bridge
Heilong Bridge is wider than other two bridges, with a width of 193m, and it's 223m in height and 107m in thickness. The bridge opening is long and high, and light seems luxury in here. The bridge has a deep and long arch passage, like a black dragon winding its way out from the passage. Heilong Bridge is also renowned for its four springs with tortuous trickles of stream. Before it's open to public, the local villagers will stop passing through here after 4pm for it's very dark since then. Besides that, Heilong Bridge is considered as the most beautiful one among the three. It is a must thing to do at The Three Natural Bridge.
4. Tianfu Official Post
There is a quaint courtyard under the Tianlong Bridge. It is a typical Chinese traditional architectures with a style of black roof and gray walls. It was once an official post which was built in Tang Dynasty. During that moment, this post located in junction of Pei County and Qian County, so it was the important official organization to pass the governmental messages. The original one has already been destroy. And the post nowadays is rebuilt according to its original structure as possible as it can. All details are built based on the historical relic. This is one of the best things to do at The Three Natural Bridge.
How to Get Tickets?
The Three Natural Bridge tickets can be purchased on site. You will find a ticket office near the entrance of the bridge. The ticket price is higher during high-season. Your Three Natural Bridge ticket includes the entrance fee to Longshuixia Gap and CNY 40 for travel bus.
How To Get Around?
Once you get The Three Natural Bridge ticket, you will be driven to the entrance by a travel bus. From here, walk for a little while and you'll see a 88m-high sightseeing elevator. There are only two buttons on the elevator: one is the place to get on the elevator, two you can get to the three bridges. After you get out of the scenic area, you are still about 1km upslope road to get to the parking lot, for those who are tired, you can take sightseeing car, and it will charge CNY 15/person. In the parking lot, there are travel buses running among Xiannv Town Tourist Center, Longshuixia Gap entrance and Three Natural Bridges entrance.
What Should I Wear?
Wear warm clothes as it could be pretty cold up there. You also need a pair of comfortable shoes to explore the bridges.
Best Time to Visit
September to November should be the best time to get The Three Natural Bridge tickets. Autumn is the best season to visit The Three Bridges site as the views are beautiful and the weather is pleasant.
Will I Need a Guide?
No. You will not require to take a guide.
How To Get There?
From Chongqing, tourists can take train from Chongqing North Railway station to Wulong County (about 2 hours), then trans taking minibus from Wulong Bus Station to the Tourists Center on Xiannv Town (about 30 - 50 minutes). After purchasing the entrance ticket, take the travel bus to Three Natural Bridges (and bus fee is included in the ticket). Tourists can also take bus to Wulong first (about 2.5 - 3 hours), then transfer to Xiannv Town and finally to Three Natural Bridges. If you are going to take private car, you can take highway from Chongqing to Three Natural Bridges, and the drive is about 4 hours.
There are two entrances of Three Natural Bridges. Through No. 1 entrance, you can take the sightseeing elevator. If you take the No. 2 entrance, you will need to walk a long distance in visiting, and you will also miss a lot of sceneries on the road, for you will arrive at the bottom of the three bridges directly and miss the panoramic view of the bridges.