Discover The Three Yangtze Gorges China

One of the most spectacular spots in the entire Chinese kingdom is undoubtedly the Three Yangtze Gorges, found in the Hubei province in the southwest of China. The gorges are truly a sight for sore eyes and one that is attracting an increasing number of tourists, not least because it's the only canyon in the world you can navigate aboard a big, luxurious cruise liner! In fact, some 40 such ships sail the waters of the Three Gorges, but panic not - it's nothing like the Nile! With some 390 mi of canyon running along the Qutang, Wu, and Xiling gorges, there's clearly plenty of space here! The ships sail between Chongqing and Yichang, and the atmosphere can take on a very mysterious feeling when the fog moves in on the cliffs and rocky peaks. The gateway to the Three Gorges is the romantic spa city of Chongqing, where the skyscrapers reflect in the waters of the two rivers running through the city. The Three Gorges are also world renowned for being home to the world's largest dam. You'll find plenty of interesting sites to raise your curiosity along these mountains that drop steeply into the river, including an underwater stele forest where you'll find a collection of stone sculptures dating back to the 13th century, as well as various ancient temples. The Temple of Zhangfei, which has been moved in its entirety and rebuilt identically to prevent it from being flooded following work carried out on the Three Gorges dam, rather like the Abou Simbel Temple in Egypt, is of particular interest. Built on a cliff-face during the Ming dynasty and nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Yangtze River', the 12 storey Shibao Pagoda is a truly enchanting place, clad entirely in red wood. Last but not least, don't forget to check out the many stone sculptures of Dazu and its 55 caves, which are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The Three Yangtze Gorges , The Yangste river , China
    The Yangste river

    At 3,716 miles long, the Yangtze is the longest river in China.

    © Jejim / 123RF
  • The Three Yangtze Gorges , The discovery of the Three Gorges , China
    The discovery of the Three Gorges

    It is possible to go on some splendid excursions on the Yangtze. The Three Gorges river cruise starts in Chongqing and ends in Yichang, with 118 miles between the two

    © Wang XianGuo / 123RF
  • The Three Yangtze Gorges , The Three Gorges route , China
    The Three Gorges route

    Excursions on the Yangtze offer the opportunity to explore villages that are more than 2,000 years old nestled in the hollows of the imposing cliffs.

    © Wang XianGuo / 123RF
  • The Three Yangtze Gorges , Scenery of the Three Gorges , China
    Scenery of the Three Gorges

    These gorges were proclaimed the second most beautiful place in China in 1991.

    © Maridav / 123RF
  • The Three Yangtze Gorges , Fog over the Yangtse , China
    Fog over the Yangtse

    The clouds of fog that fall on the gorges and cliffs give the place a very mysterious atmosphere.

    © Jejim / 123RF
  • The Three Yangtze Gorges , The evolution of the Three Gorges , China
    The evolution of the Three Gorges

    The Three Gorges of Yangtze used to be a dangerous part of the river for navigating. Construction of the Three Gorges dam made the area a more tranquil place.

    © Achim Prill / 123RF
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