Wulong city is the seat of Wulong county in Chongqing Municipality. It is located ?? km to the SE of Chongqing city on the Wu Jiang, a tributary of the Yangtze. The Wu Jiang meets the Yangtze at Fuling, which is about halfway between Chongqing and Wulong.
Orientation: The city is basically one big one-way system. The bus station is on the north side of the Wu Jiang at the eastern end of the city. From the bus station, proceeding NW past a roundabout with the flow of traffic, follow the N bank of the Wu Jiang to a bowstring bridge to the S bank (now disused). The road runs SE past a large entrance with a crenelated wall near road level. Turn left to cross another bridge and then make another left heading NE back into the city. The large square with an arch is Renmin Square. Further E there is a small park with a big white statue. The road through the shopping continues to a roundabout. Straight on (E) takes you to Guang Ming Guesthouse just before a bridge over a tributary. Left (N) goes to a bridge across the Wu Jiang ending at the roundabout near the bus station. There is a new road bridge across the Wu Jiang bit east of Wulong's city centre. In 2006 Wulong should be connected to Chongqing by rail. The station is on the N bank of the Wu Jiang, near the Hui Bang offices.
Climate: In May through July it is rainy and waterlevels are quite high. Mosquitoes are a problem. In January visibility is poor, with a constant mist or light drizzle, but water levels are generally low. The air temperature can go below freezing.
Shopping: You can buy: AA batteries, mechanical pencils (poor quality), wellies, graph paper (maybe), plastic chairs, hammers, tyre inner tubes, oreos, coffee, conditioner (very expensive), a small selection of english VCDs and CDsYou can't buy: compressed biscuits, english books, snickers in bulk, large quantities of tang.
Big gorge and doline plus showcave developed for tourists.
Guang Ming Zhaodai Suo (Guang Ming Guesthouse): Our guesthouse of choice in Wulong. From the bus station cross the bridge to the south, and then turn left (E) at the roundabout. Before you cross another bridge there's a small place renting beds for 10Y (40Y for ensuite). It's clean with hot showers and the owners are friendly. Across the street is a night market that does pretty good food.
Wulong Binguan (Wulong Hotel): Posh hotel operated by Huibang Gongsi. If you're in town on government business, you'll likely end up here. Rooms have baths and western toilets, but there's only hot water in the mornings and evenings. A buffet breakfast is included.
Bus Station guesthouse: The bus station has a cheap hotel on the 5th foor. 10Y per bed is theoretically possible, but I've neve done better than 12Y. They are also often reluctant to give rooms to foreigners and it's not very clean.
NO Bank of China. This was a surprise and we ran short of cash as a result. They have an Agricultural Bank of China and a China Construction Bank. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has CLOSED their office near Guang Ming GH.
There are three net bars that we know of:
North side of the Wu Jiang, left at the roundabout, building is on the left. Room 604 is the foriegn affairs office. The foreign affairs officer has very little experience dealing with foreigners, so expect to spend a long time filling in registration forms when he shows up at your hotel.
In 2002, IC, 200, 201, 202 phonecards do not work in Wulong. IP cards are the only ones we could use for international calls. Cards are on sale at the yellow kiosk across the street from the posh hotel. IP cards work on shop phones (but not in the hotel). The key is to press the "IP" button on the phone before dialing. Make sure you are using a Chongqing IP card, and not a Guangxi one.
There's a post office about halfway between Wulong hotel and Guang Ming. It's on the north side of the street and is disguised as a department store. (The postal counter is to the left as you look in the store.) The staff is very friendly and helpful when it comes to mailing baggage. It was about 2Y per kilo for 10 day delivery to Kunming. Bargain. They also sell nice postcards of Furong Dong and some of the other geological attractions in the area.
Wulong has very tasty niu rou mian tiao (noodles with beef) 3Y, hong chao fei chang (spicy intestines) 15Y, gambian niu rou (spicy fried beef sticks--yum!) 10Y. small baozi (4 for 1Y). The night market near Guang Ming has dishes ranging from 3 (corn) to 10Y (snails). At all costs avoid eating at the posh bus station restaurant. They charged us over 100Y for one dish!
Mr. Yang Wei Hu: Huibang General Manager (no english).
Mr. Luo Da Lin: Huibang Assistang Manager (no english).
Mr. You: The retired head of tourism, he is easily identified by the way his hair sticks up. He knows Madame Tan in Chongqing.
Miss Mao: She's worked in Wulong's tourism board for 8 years.