Wulong

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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.

Overview

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.

Expeditions

Speleotourism

Wulong Tiankeng

Big gorge and doline plus showcave developed for tourists.

Surveys

Maps

Facilities

Available:
Accommodation
Internet Cafe
PSB
Phone
Post Office
Restaurant
Not available:
Currency Exchange

Accommodation

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.

1-bed room
Price: 15Y
Amenities:
electricity
bed (no roll mat needed)
bedding (sheets, blankets)
flush toilet
boiled water provided
hot shower
mixed-sex accommodation
washing machine (non-caving clothes)
Not available:
phone line
24-hour hot shower
washing machine (caving clothes)
air conditioning
Single room
2-bed room
Price: 20Y
Amenities:
electricity
bed (no roll mat needed)
bedding (sheets, blankets)
flush toilet
boiled water provided
hot shower
mixed-sex accommodation
washing machine (non-caving clothes)
Not available:
phone line
24-hour hot shower
washing machine (caving clothes)
air conditioning
2-bed room ensuite
Price: 40Y
Amenities:
electricity
bed (no roll mat needed)
bedding (sheets, blankets)
flush toilet
boiled water provided
24-hour hot shower
mixed-sex accommodation
washing machine (non-caving clothes)
Not available:
phone line
washing machine (caving clothes)
air conditioning
Double room
Contact Details
Address: Wulong
 
Tel : 023-77725489
 

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.

2-bed room
Amenities:
electricity
bed (no roll mat needed)
bedding (sheets, blankets)
western toilet
boiled water provided
hot shower
mixed-sex accommodation
air conditioning
phone line
Not available:
24-hour hot shower
Contact Details
Address: Wulong
 
Tel : 023-77721666
 

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.

3 or 4-bed rooms
Price: 12Y per bed
Amenities:
electricity
bed (no roll mat needed)
bedding (sheets, blankets)
flush toilet
boiled water provided
mixed-sex accommodation
Not available:
hot shower
phone line
washing machine (non-caving clothes)
washing machine (caving clothes)
air conditioning

Currency Exchange

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.

Internet Cafe

There are three net bars that we know of:

  • From Guang Ming walk west for 10 minutes. It's on the second floor on the right. This netbar will allow you to connect your own laptop.
  • From Guang Ming walk west for 11 minutes. It's on the second floor on the right (20m beyond the first netbar). This netbar will not allow you to connect your own laptop.
  • From reception at the Wulong Hotel walk towards the street, but don't cross it. Turn right and double back on yourself, descending two flights of stairs. The net bar is on the left. 3Y an hour and reasonable speed connections.

PSB

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.

Phone

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.

Post Office

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.

Restaurant

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!

Transportation

Long Distance

Train
From: Chongqing
To: Wulong
Time: 1.5 hrs
Starting late 2006 there should be passenger service Chongqing-Wulong.
Ferry
From: Fuling
To: Wulong
We've never managed to get a mythical ferry ride.
Bus
From: Chongqing
To: Wulong
Price: 65YTime: 3 hrs
Buses run hourly from Chaotianmen bus station. Some also depart from the Chongqing train station bus terminal

Local

Tricycle
Price: 1Y per person
Taxi
Price: 3Y flag fall
Flag fall should get you a fair way around the city.
Lorry
Price: 5Y
We once hired a truck to move our bags from the bus station to Guang Ming for 5Y.
Bus
Price: 0.5Y-1Y
The mid-sized buses cruising around town cost 0.5Y from Wulong Hotel to Guang Ming GH and 1Y for longer rides.

Contacts

Mr. Yang Wei Hu: Huibang General Manager (no english).
Contact Details
  Mobile : 13908381433
 

Mr. Luo Da Lin: Huibang Assistang Manager (no english).
Contact Details
  Mobile : 13320377077
 

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.