Nine Dragons Waterfalls (Jiulong Waterfalls)
The Nine Dragons Waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls, are located in Yidule Village, about 22 kilometers (14 miles) from the northeast of Luoping, Qujing. The whole waterfall scenic area, 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long, looks like a silver dragon winding through the green mountains. The waterfalls are well-known for their grandeur and imposing appearance.
|Nine Dragons Waterfalls, Qujing|
There is a legend about the name of the waterfalls. Once upon a time, Luoping was a vast ocean. Nine black dragons and a white dragon fought for a long time to occupy the ocean. The white dragon died first and eight of the black ones gradually settled down in different areas. The last black dragon behaved badly to harm the life of the local people, so the Wind and Rain Generals as well as Thunder Gods punished the dragon by chopping its habitat into three steeply phased pools. The highest one is Nine Dragons Waterfall today. The waterfalls drop hundreds of meters in altitude over the watercourse. Due to the terrain and the effects of many years of erosion, ten waterfalls of various sizes have formed at nine different levels. It is known as “Nine Dragons, Ten Waterfalls”. These falls change according to the seasons. In summer and autumn, they are most magnificent and beautiful. Many shallow eddies and clear deep pools are formed by the cascading waters, sparkling with color in the bright sunshine.
The grandest No. 1 waterfall is 114 meters (125 yards) wide and deafens the ears with its roar as it drops 56 meters (184 feet), taking on the shape of an arch. Seen from a gigantic rock beside it, water from this fall seems to dash down to earth from heaven. There is a 10 meters (11 yards) deep cave behind it and an unfathomable pool under it. Other waterfalls are very mild, falling gently and even wafting in the wind. Upstream from the ten waterfalls stands the mountaintop. Together they form a charming, pastoral panorama. From a platform near the peak, tourists can get a bird’s-eye view of the Nine Dragons Waterfalls and the stunning mountain scenery.
What else to see and enjoy:
|Buyi Minority People|
1. Luoping is considered the Home to Rape Flowers. If you go there during the end of February and mid March, the views of both the waterfalls and the rape flowers cannot be missed.
2. Nine Dragons Waterfalls Festival is held annually on September 16th. During the festival, apart from appreciating the grandeur of the waterfalls, thousands of people will sing Buyi minority folk songs; collections of Nine Dragons culture will be displayed and there is a Strange Stone Exhibition.
3. The local minority traditional festivals, such as Buyi Water Splashing Festival on the third day of the third lunar month, Torch Festival on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth lunar month, and so-called Antiphonal Festival on the second day of the second lunar month, are also the highlights.
4. Visitors usually spend two days in Luoping: a day to appreciate the rape flowers and the other day on Nine Dragons Waterfalls and Duoyi River Scenic Area.
Accommodation Recommendation: There is a Carp Mountain Resort (Liyushan Resort) in the scenic area, convenient for relaxing, entertaining and sightseeing. Nearby there are many farmers’ houses, where you can also stay overnight.
|Recommended Visiting Duration||Three hours|
|Transportation||Take a direct tourist bus from the Luoping Bus Station to get there in around an hour. The bus fare is CNY8-10 per person! |
From Kunming: At Kunming East Bus Station, there are many buses to Luoping from 07:00 to 18:20 every 40 minutes. Upon arrival, transfer to another direct bus to the scenic area.