White Water River
25 kilometers (approx. 16 miles) in the north of Lijiang, about 5 kilometers (approx. 3 miles) north of the Dry Sea (Ganhai), lies the White Water River, a river formed by runoff from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Surrounded by mountains, the river runs towards the east.
The water of the river is very white and the gravel and stones in the river help to purify and keep the water clean. The bottom of the riverbed can be seen and is formed by whitish-grey sedimentary rocks. The water of the river is very cold and it is impossible for anyone to swim in. In the summer time, people love to collect the water and drink it to cool themselves off. It is also said that maidens of the Naxi Minority test the love of their pursuers by using the water. Visiting the river will give you a great pleasant experience and the coolness of the water will be a refreshing taste for you to enjoy during your visit.
4 kilometers (approx. 2 miles) away from the river, there is Black Water River. In just the same way the White Water River gained its name, the Black Water River is named because of its black riverbed. It joins with the White Water River when running to the low reaches. In the book named Dongba Jing, black and white compose the world, thus the congruity of black and white indicating the harmony in the world. Therefore, the joining of the two rivers is endowed with a special meaning of harmony and unity. For tourists, it is a symbol of being no obstacles to a safe journey.
When the ancient ice at the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain melts and flows down the slopes, it forms waterfalls at the cliffs and brooks at the fords, finally joining as the White Water River at the foot of the snow mountain. The pebbles in the riverbed are all white marbles and limestone that have been rinsed and scoured by the water. As the limpid and clear river flows above them, it looks undefiled and sparkling. That is where the "White Water River" gets its name.