Overview:Yangtze Three Gorges

On March 18, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

The Three Gorges are nestled in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. You won’t miss it when planning the Yangtze Cruise of your China Tours. The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the […]

The Three Gorges are nestled in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. You won’t miss it when planning the Yangtze Cruise of your China Tours.

The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the Three Gorges are accounting the great changes taking place in the region in the past billion years, and the variegated wracks of lives during the past hundreds of millions of years. There have been so many visitors attracted here by the charming thousand-year-long history of the region, the great ancient relics of human civilization, and the mysterious folk tales.

Sandwiched between the mountains on the mid part of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges runs across Fengjie and Wushan Mountain in Sichuan Province and Badong, Zigui and Yichang in Hubei Province, extending 193 kilometers long to include Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xilingxia Gorge. City of White Emperor in Feng Jie is the vital passage of the west part of the Three Gorges. Nanjinguan in Yichang is the important gate way of the east part. Along the banks of the Yangtze River, the high peaks rise in emerald verdure, overhanging rocks tower into the clouds, dangerous cliffs seem to reach the sky, rocks are jagged and grotesque, waterfalls are spraying and sparkling, clouds and mists are curling, rapids and torrents are seething, and fierce waves are deep, serene and exquisite.

Currently the Three Gorges region is most famous for the Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is located at a place called Sandouping in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. The dam cuts off the flow of the river, and therefore the water level in the Qutang, Wuxia and the western portion of the Xiling gorges has risen. Although the dam changes the scenery of the Three Gorges (the gorges is less narrow and the mountains appear lower), as the mountains reach several thousand feet above the river, the gorges still offer spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs. Besides, the increase in width of the Gorges allows larger ships through the gorges and river traffic of all kinds will also increase.

 

Qutang Gorge

From east to west, Qutang Gorge measures 8 kilometers, starting from Baidicheng and ending at Daixi township. With vertical cliffs of some thousand meters high as its two flanks, the Qutang Gorge is only a few dozens of meters wide just like a narrow gate way. With swash and rumble, the surging Yangtze River pours into the gateway with great momentum. Looking up towards the tops of towering precipitous mountains along the gorge, one sees from a boat only a narrow strip of clouds and sky, but under foot the River tears on violently. Qutang Gorge is outstanding for its grandeur and magnificence.

 Wuxia Gorge

Wuxia Gorge extends 40 kilometers from the mouth of Daning River of Wushan Mountain in the west to Guandukou of Badong in the east. The Wuxia Gorge is gifted with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges. It’s deep and serene with changeable weather. The rolling river twists and turn and boats zigzag their way along, as if cruising in a fantastic gallery. The twelve peaks of Wushan Mountain all rise to the blue sky. They are endowed with various fascinating shapes. Among them, the most fabulous is the Peak of Goddess. It pierces through the heaven, and towers over the Yangtze River. A protruding rock of the Peak has the shape of slim girl shrouded in clouds and mist faintly visible as if clad in fine gauze dress, looking attractive and exding tenderness and love. 

Xilingxia Gorge

Xilingxia Gorge measures 75 kilometers from Xiangxikou to Nanjinguan. The whole Gorge area is covered with high mountains, gullies, dangerous shoals and hidden reefs of various sizes. The best-known perilous shoal is Qing Shoal. It’s formed by collapsed craggy cliffs. Surging waves and rapid currents chum over the shoal embedded with rocks and stones here and there, and then drop two meters in elevation. Ships go downstream over the shoal at an arrow speed, but up the shoal is as difficult as climbing a steep hill.

 

Now viewing the Gorges properly can only be done on a river cruise. If you are interested in such Nature’s Gift and wonderful Chinese landscape, please book your China Flights and come to the Three Gorges.

Distinctive Yangtze River Tours

On September 26, 2010, in Cool Places, Cruises, Travel Info, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

Shanghai lies on the mouth of Yangtze River, which is the third longest river in the world. The first and second longest rivers are Nile and Amazon. Taking a river cruise in Shanghai Tours enjoys not only the breath-taking sceneries, but also the Expo Site. Besides, Yangtze River is one of the cradles of Chinese […]

Shanghai lies on the mouth of Yangtze River, which is the third longest river in the world. The first and second longest rivers are Nile and Amazon. Taking a river cruise in Shanghai Tours enjoys not only the breath-taking sceneries, but also the Expo Site. Besides, Yangtze River is one of the cradles of Chinese culture. I’m sure that it will make you a great impression which is difficult to erase. So why not go and take Shanghai Flights right now?

 Yangtze River rising in the Qomolangma and flowing about 6300 km enters Pacific Ocean. It is the longest and largest river in China. When it rushed out the high mountain ridge, it has formed a marvelous and unparallel grand canyon — Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. It consists of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, which is the most beautiful scenery in the Yangtze River. Just like a decorated corridor.

The wet season of Three Gorge was the busy season for travelling. You also can appreciate the  Little Three Gorge and Little Little Three Gorge, which was available in the wet season only. However, after the Three Gorges Dam finished, now you can travel at anytime. Instead some spots that located in the low position are gone. What a pity. Well I think the best season is still spring and fall. Summer is a little bit hot and winter is a little bit clammy.

The best way to take river tours is cruise ship. You can feast your eyes on all the river views. You don’t have to change the hotels everyday, actually may enjoy the totally different landscapes out of windows. Different classes and shipping spaces have different facilities. Some luxurious cruise ships, like waterborne deluxe hotels, offer everything. Everything on land you can imagine is available on the luxurious cruise ship. Of course, the price is not low. But I think they are based on reasonable profit, not on wild speculation. FYI, the counter current is a little bit more expensive than the fair current. And it also takes more time.

Certainly you can eat on the ships. Especially the five star cruise ships offer lots of Chinese cuisine. But if you want to try some local food, you need to disembark and hang around in the village. They are famous about fish and prawn. Some dishes also have their own story. The story of Zhangfei’s Fish for a thousand years is still popular. In words, the local citizens are good at spicy and hot food. But they won’t let all the foods spicy and hot. It’s just the point.

The tourist souvenir in Yangtze River is amazing. There are lots of tourist souvenirtourist souvenir tourist souvenir exquisite workmanships. Such as the handicraft, the china, the pottery and the four stationery treasures of the Chinese study. These things are so Chinese. If you are a big fan of Chinese culture, you won’t miss it. Besides, the orange and the white spirit are also impressive. You should have a try. The texture of stone of Three Gorges is unique, like a picture or a Chinese character. Collect one and keep it.

River tour is a new thing in China. Although China has a great many rivers, people prefer travel on  land. Actually, you can appreciate some brand new views on ship. It’s not that crowded. Some famous spots in China are overloaded. Sometimes you don’t even know you are seeing the views or tourists. But taking a trip by ship will never have that kind of problem. Just like I mentioned, if you want the Yangtze River cruise, both Shanghai Flights and Chengdu Flights are perfect choices.

Travel to Three Gorges in One of China Rivers

On September 20, 2010, in Cruises, Must-sees, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Three Gorges is one of the top ten scenic spots in China. They are located on the stomach of China, belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate. Three Gorges are separately Qutang gorge, Wu gorge and Xiling gorge. Three Gorge start from the Baidi city of Chongqing Municipality and reach to the Nanjin Pass in Hubei […]

Three Gorges is one of the top ten scenic spots in China. They are located on the stomach of China, belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate. Three Gorges are separately Qutang gorge, Wu gorge and Xiling gorge. Three Gorge start from the Baidi city of Chongqing Municipality and reach to the Nanjin Pass in Hubei province with the length of about 204 kilometers. Three Gorges are commonly called the Big Three Gorges, besides that, there are also other names such as Little Three Gorges. The mountains here are majestic, unique and steep. The water is impetuous and fast. Reefs and beaches are connected with one small sky during two mountains. Three Gorges are famous and popular scenic spots in China. What is more, they enjoy the reputation of “magnificent Qutang Gorge, elegant Wu Gorge and steep Xiling Gorge”. Let me recommend you some places you must not miss when traveling in Three Gorges. And welcome to Travel to Guilin and Travel to Guangzhou.

The first station, Ghost City Fengdu
Three Gorges’ first station is Fengdu, which is the most famous ghost city in China. Three Gorges’ old district has been moved away but the ghost face of Fengdu city has not been swallowed by Changjiang River. It is researched that Fengdu was the capital of the ghost country. Because there were two people in Han dynasty, Fangping Wang and Changsheng Yin, cultivating Taoism and becoming celestials. Then people made the groundless rumor that they had become the kings of the nether world. That is why Fengdu is the place where the kings of the nether world are living.
When you travel in Fengdu, you will walk up the famous mountain finding a lot of Taoism pavallions there. These Taoism houses are in cold color and solemn gloom for many ghosts and monsters statues are inside which create a feeling of false hell with complete social structures and bureaucracy. Here you will see a lot of punishment implements and terrorist statues.
The second station,  Shengnong Xi Stream
T
ravelers have great images on the Boat Tracker in the original Three Gorges, which disappeared when the Three Gorges started to retain water. When many travelers feel disappointed about that, the unique scenery of Shengnong Xi stream has kept the Boat Tracker and the travelers’ dreams of towing a boat to drift.
Shennong Xi stream is original from the south pass of Shengnongjia and get its name. It is as long as 60 kilometres and reaches to the Changjiang River at the mouth of Wu gorge. When you get in to the Shennong xi Stream, you will find the narrowest length here is less than 5 meter and the rocks are generally of 80 or 90 angles. Taking the boat to the gorges, you will be surprised by another beautiful scenery with green verdant shrubs on both sides, fishes swimming in the river and monks playing on the hill, birds flying around the rocks. There are about 60 karst caves and 30 beaches of all kinds.

The third station, Baidi city.
Baidi city will leave travelers the misty feel because of the famous poem created by the most famous poet Libai in Tang dynasty. When you stand on the beach of the majestic Changjiang River, you feel as if standing in different space and time with many poets in ancient China listening the sound of wind and looking down the river. It is a memorable feeling.
Baidi city is located with the Kuimen in the east and Eight Battle Formation in the west. When you step on the Baidi City, you will watch the most dangerous part of Qutang Gorge. It is located in the essential part around the river and mountains and become a place of strategic importance. When rising the Three Gorge water, Baidi city becomes the solitary island of the Changjiang River. And now it is a new traveling district with sports fitness, entertainment on the water, culture of three kingdoms and adventures.

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