Scenic Sites in Three Gorges & Ynagtse River


Baidicheng

277 miles from Chongqing, Baidicheng located at the entrance to Qutang Gorge and features Ba coffin relics, precious stone tables & events of the Three Kingdoms. In the Western Han Dynasty, a man named Gongsun Shu claimed himself to be white king and named the place White King Town according to a legend which goes "when a white dragon is seen flying out of a well in front of a hall, the white king is born."

Zhangfi Temple in Yuyang
Zhangfi Temple stands in the Fly Phoenix Mountain on the south bank of the Yangtze River. It's 382km far away from Chongqing city and faces the other side of Yangtze .In the honor of the remarkable general, Zhangfi, this temple was first built at the end of Shuhan period, then enlarged during the Song , Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Therefore, it has history of 1700 years. Facing the Yangtze River and backing the Mountain, the temple is splendid. There's a figure of the general in the temple, hundreds of invaluablepaintings and calligraphies and poems of inscriptions handed down from Han and Tang dynasties,

Lotus Cave in Fuling
Lotus cave is located at the joint point of Wu Rive and Lotus River in Wulong County in Fuling city. It's a large limestone cave with the length of 200 metres and the height of 30 to 50 metres. All kinds of sediments formed a exquisitely wrought, white, and glorious inner sight. Visiting this cave, you can get a lot of beneficial scientific knowledge as well as enjoyment of natural beauty.

Shibaozhai

Shibaozhai is a gem of Chinese architecture. A wooden red pavilion 11 storeys high was built against a protruding 220-meter rectangular rock with sheer cliffs on the north bank. People can climb up to the top by a spiral staircase in the pavilion.

Shennong Stream 

The stream that rises from Shennong area is at the north of the Yangtze River, flowing down through Badong County, meeting Yangtze River at the East End of the Wu Gorge. Drifting rapidly on a pea - boat is rather exiting and breathtaking. During the journey, you may see the ancient roads, the ancient coffins in the precipice, and even some rare animals such as golden - haired monkeys. You can experience the natural scenery of the Tu Nations and learn about the colorful history. Shennong Stream comprises of Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge with breathtaking scenery. Sailing through the treacherous gorges with lush pine and translucent water, visitors can see spectacular sights like ancient plank roads, ancient cave coffins, aqueous caves, rainbow fountain and rare animals like macaques and mandarin ducks.

Goddess Peak
The most marvelous peak among the 12 peaks in Wushan .If you go there, the gracefully lady-like peak'll impress you.

Fengdu

Traditionally known as city of Ghost, it attracts tourists with temple and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Instruments of torture and wild demon images are displayed and it is said ancient mythology comes alive with wild demon images dedicated to gods of the underworld, meant to remind people of the threat of the devil should they misbehave in this lifetime. Upon the Mingshan Hill above the river is a temple with a number of halls and statues of ghosts and devils. There is also a park with displays of the imagined lives in hell. It is considered that all people's ghosts, of whatever nationality, will come to Fengdu after death.

Wanxian
The city received its present name during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and became a foreign Treaty Port in 1902. As the halfway city between Yichang and Chongqing, Wanxian was a main port for East Sichuan merchandise (including large quantities of tung oil, used in treating wooden junks.) early travelers commented on the huge number of junks anchored at Wanxian. The city is known as the Gateway to East Sichuan. You may visit silk-weaving factories and the Three Gorges Museum and enjoy the exiting acrobatic show and take a leisurely tour of busy local market. Visitors can see city's ten free markets sells local produce and seasonal delicacies such as mountain mushrooms or live eels. There was a community of foreign missionaries in Sichuan before 1949, and two churches - one Catholic and one Protestant-continue to draw sizeable congregations of country folk.

Wuhan

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province. The Yangtze River and its biggest tributary, Hanshui River, divide the city proper into three towns-Wuchang, Handkou and Hanyang. Covering an area of 8,467 square kilometers and with a population of 7.18 million, Wuhan is one of the largest inland cities in China. It is a center of industry, finance, commerce, science, culture and education, and a hub of railways, waterways, highways, aviation, post and telecommunication of Central China. In history, Wuhan flourished through its trade and commerce, and was the site of many wars. Located in a region of rivers and lakes with favorable natural ,conditions, it abounded in rice, the staple food of the Chinese. People in ancient times lived along the banks of the water, which brought them prosperity and abundance. The city was also a distribution and trade center for agricultural and sideline products, and thanks to its convenient water transportation merchants flocked to the place. Its position as an economic and commercial center naturally made it the envy of the place. Its position as an economic and commercial center naturally made it the envy of the politicians and warlords, who continually fought to seize and hold the city and its environs. Evidence of these struggles are the ruins, discovered five kilometers to the north of Hankou, of Panlong City of the Shang Dynasty which dates bace 3,500 years and Xiaguo City of the Three Kingdoms period. Wuhan was a provincial, prefectural and regional seat at different times. Of the three towns, Wuchang is the oldest, followed by Hanyang and Hankou. It is said that some 300 years ago, nine tenths of the citizens in Hankou were merchants. In modern and contemporary history, Wuhan was also a revolutionary center on various occasions. The revolution of 1911 led by Du. Sun Yat-sen began in Wuchang, resulting in the overthrow of the last feudal dynasty in China. Since the founding of new China in 1949, Wuhan has been a key area of national construction. at present, it is an industrial and commercial city with iron and steel, textiles, machine building, communication and commerce as its main lines. Modern industrial and commercial activities have not detracted from the charm of Wuhan as a tourist city. The East Lake on the outskirts, a vast expanse of water surrounded by green peaks and hills, luxuriant trees and flowering plants, is the largest and most beautiful scenic spot in the Wuhan area. Yellow Crane Tower on Snake Hill, with its glittering gold-colored walls, is the most impressive manmade attraction. Climb to the top of the tower and you command a panoramic view of the whole city. Additionally, there are beautiful legends about this tower handed down from generation to generation which tourists and visitors will like to hear.

Dongting Lake and Yueyang Tower
If visitor want to appreciate the beauty of the Dongting Lake, the idealistic place may be the Yueyang Tower on the bank of Dongting Lake. Yueyang Tower, located on the top of city wall in the west of Yueyang city in Hunan province, is well-known as the first place of interests in Hunan and one of the three outstanding towers of which the two others are Yellow Crane Tower and the King Teng's Tower in the south of china.
Legend has it that is was the inspection tower where Lusu trained the navy of Wu Kingdom .A lot of famous poets in Tang Dynasty such as Libai, Bai juyi, Dufu, Menghaoran and Liuyuxi had ever come here and composed poems which are still popular with people now .The famous saying "plan and worry ahead of people, enjoy the fruit of his hard work after the people" from the poem written by the Song Dynasty poet Fanzhongyan gains great reputation all over the world and becomes the maxim of many good-willed people.

Chongqing

Chongqing Built on steep cliffs and hillsides in the southwestern part of China's inland, Chongqing is also called the "Mountain City". Its has a subtropical monsoon climate, with intense heat in summer and dense fog in spring and winter, and therefore is also known as the "city of furnace" and "city of fog". A city famous both historically and culturally, Chongqing boasts many historic and scenic attractions. Pipashan (Loquat Mountain) Park, from the top of which you can have a panoramic view of the city; Jinyun Mountain, on which are many ancient buildings and cultural relics; Futu Pass; Simianshan, or the four-sided Mountain; and the Northern and Southern Hot Spring are among the best-known scenic spots. If you are interested in history, you will want to see Diaoyu City, one of the three largest ancient battlefields in China, and pay a visit to the relics and remains associated with a famous Sichuan general. If you like ancient art, there are the stone sculptures of Dazu, prized gems of China's late rock grotto art. Other places you may wish to see are Red Crag Village, former office building of the Chinese Communist Party in Chongqing; the notorious Zhazi Cave and Bai's Mansion where the KMT government kept political prisoners in the 1940s; and Lin Garden, Confucian Garden, and Chiang Kai-shek's residence when Chongqing was the wartime capital. In 1997, Chongqing became one of the four municipalities under the jurisdiction of the central government. More than half of the total length of the Yangtze Three Gorges lives within the Chongqing municipality, including the 600-kilometer long reservoir area , in which are sites like Fengdu the Ghosts City, Shibaozhai, Zhang Fei's Temple and Baidicheng (White Emperor City), which add to the charm and attraction of Chongqing.

Construction site of the Three Gorges Dam
The dam site is 27 miles upstream from Yichang City proper, at Sandouping Town, 38km upstream from the Gezhouba Dam Lock, inside the third of the Three Gorges. It is planned to be by far the largest hydroelectric project in the world. The Project calls for the construction of a concrete dam, a hydroelectric power plant and a series of locks just below the scenic Three Gorges region. The project is designed to be built in three phases and is scheduled for completion in year 2009. Upon arrival at Sandouping, passengers will take a bus across the Three Gorges Bridge, which leads toward the top of the hill for a birds-eye view of the construction from the observation deck. Visitors will observe the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, the dam in construction, and the power station. English speaking professional guides will be on hand to provide detailed information on the history of the dam and facts on its construction. In addition, an exhibition room displays a model of the dam, and offers passengers another opportunity to ask questions and learn about the benefits of this amazing project. One of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in the world, the Three Gorges Project will forever change the face of the Yangtze River as we know it today. Possessing comprehensive utilization benefits mainly for flood control, power generation and navigation improvement. It will be a vital important and backbone project in harnessing and developing of the Yangtze River. Measures have been taken to preserve and move the historical and cultural relics found along its banks; however many scenic spots will be adversely affected. The most dramatic section of the river, what we refer to as "the heart of the Yangtze"-the area from the Three Gorges all the way upstream to Chongqing-will eventually be drowned by the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, an integral part of the Three Gorges.

Jingzhou or Shashi

Jingzhou, a well-preserved ancient city, was also a place for its strategic importance. Many historical relics are unearthed here, among which the bronze articles, silk and lacquered wares are very notable. A more than 2000-year-old male body in the museum is the most ancient corpse in a good state of preservation in China. Jingzhou Museum and Ancient city wall are more attractive.

YICHANG
Yichang, a modern city, is situated at the entrance of Xiling Gorge. It was formerly aplace contested by warlords and a battlefield of the "Yiling War" in the Three Kingdoms Period. On the outskirts of the city, there are the splendid Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project , Three Travellers' Cave, Taohua Village of Peach Blossom), Research Institute of Chinese Sturgeon, Ruins of Ancient Fortress, etc. The craft of Painted Pottery is well-known for its distinguishing feature.

Huang Shan
Located in the south of Anhui province. Mountain Huangshan is the world-famous place of interests where there are many intoxicating sceneries including the 72 major peaks of the mountain. It is famous for the "four splendors" pine trees, strange rock formations, sea of clouds and the hot springs. Of all ages, a large number of visitors are attracted by its grateful sceneries, and have left lots of poems in praise of it, and one of which is 'you don't want to visit any other mountains after visiting five Great Mountains, and you don't want to visit the other four Great Mountains after visiting Mt. Huangshan'. The famous tourist attractions in Mt Huangshan are hot springs, North sea, west sea, cloud valley Temple, Ciguang Garret and Yuping Building.

Mt. Lushan in Jiujiang
It is in the North of Jiangxi Province with 302 square kilometers surface Area.There're many scenic spots in the Mt. Lushan including the Lesser Celestial Pond, the River -view Pavilion, Flower Path, the Valley of Splendor, the Immortals Cave, Dragon's Head Precipice, Steel Boat Peak, Yellow Dragon Pond, Three Precious Trees, MeiLu Villa (Chiangkai -Shck's summer resort), the Hanbokou Peak, the Three Ladder Waterfall. In total the number of ridges and peaks are 99. Yongxiu view is a sightseeing spot that has been explored recently from south in Mt. Lushan. They're white Lotus Park, Mt. clouds Living, Zhen'ru Temple, migrents protecting place of Doyang lake, Twoling park. On February 6th, 1996, UNESCO listed Mt Lushan in 'famous record of world legacy 'as 'world culture land scope'.

Ancient Chibi in Puqi
The Ancient Chibi is situated at the Mt Chibi on the bank of the south of Yangtze, 36 kilometers away from the northwest or PuQing County ,in Hubei Province ,and it is the relics of ancient battlefield where allied forces of Wu and Chu to defeat the Cao force in Three kingdom's Era . The places of interests are the Yi River Pavilion, the River View Pavilion, the Wind -praying Terrace and Mountain Golden Imperial .The new - built Chibi war museum has an unique style, where there are sculptures of Zhouyu.There is a popular saying from a folk song in Chibi 'The book reviewers never go to Chibi because even 3-yean-old kids know the Three kingdom'. So the story of the Chibi War in Three-kingdom's Era has been popular in the local area.

Mt. Jiuhua
Mt. Jiuhua is situated in the southwest of Qingyan Town in the west of Anhui province. There're a lot of temples .It is the sacred place where many faithful men and women went on pilgrimage, and is also the summer resort where the scene is splendid and the climate is moderate. Of the four famous Buddhist Mountains, Mt Jiuhua wins the first place and gains the reputation of 'the first pilgrimage ' and ' the first mountain 'in the southeast. It's also known for a large number of tourist attractions, such as the strange rock, formations, the flying falls, the hambokou peaks, the great celestial pond and the queer trees. Of all ages, many literary and refined scholars or high -rank officials had been here, drinking and talking about Buddhism and composing poems which left behind many much -told tales.

Sanyou Cave
Located in Xiling Gorge of Yichang, the Three Visiting cave has breathtaking scenery and peculiar cave .The Tang Dynasty poet Baijuyi traveled together with his younger brother BaiXinjian, they came across another poet Yuansi, thus three of them were visiting this cave and composing poets while drinking. Baijuyi composed "Three Visiting Cave" and wrote it on the wall Thus, Sanyou Cave gained its name .The Song Dynasty poets Suxun, Sushi and Suzhe also had visited this cave and composed poems on the wall of it. Therefore, the three poets, Baijuyi, his younger brother and Yuansi were called The former three visitors and the another three were called the later three visitors, The cave faces the alley whose precipices is very deep and it is over 6 metres high, 30 metres deep and 20 metres wide. It's warm in winter and cool in summer. The view inside the cave is very splendid. There are numerous small holes between the walls of it, so it enjoys the reputation " celestial cave" on 'dreamland'.

Nanjing
Nanjing was called 'Jinlin' in ancient, and is now the capital of Jiangsu province. It's a historical city as well as a tourist attraction .As many dynasties established capital here, it has the reputation of 'The capital of Ten Dynasties' Nanjing's industries include machine-building, electronics, petroleum, Iron and steel, textiles, Shipbuilding and foodstuffs. And there're many famous tourist attractions, such as Dr.sun Yatsen's Mausoleum, The Ming Tomb, Linggu Monastery (valley of the soul monastery)

Yangzhou
Yangzhou lies on the north bank of the Yangtze Rivet Where the great canal meets the great river. The city has a history of 2,400 years, and many traditional arts and crafts are still practiced: Lacquerware, paper-cuts, Lanterns, embroidery, miniature gardens, and seal caving. Yangzhou's famous tourist sight is the slender West Lake. This is a beautiful man-made Lake dating from the Tang Dynasty, and surrounded by sweeping widows and pavilions. Highlights of the place are the Fishing Platform, the Five Pavilion Bridge and the White Stupa.

Shanghai
The unique charm of Shanghai lies in its special historic and geographic condition, the rich store of culture of shanghai style and the great development in recent years. Huangpu Bridge and Napu Bridge, hugging the East pearl TV Tower, which seems like two dragons playing with a pearl, and forms a new marvelous scene in shanghai. The people's square in the city center is crowned by a few grand architectures. What's more, over 10 museums collect plenty of cultural and natural relics in and abroad, past and now.

 

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