Shennong Stream is one
of the most important ports of call
for Yangtze Three Gorges tour. It
is a 60-kilometer tributary of the
Yangtze River, originates in the southern
part of Shennongjia Natural Reserve
and joins the Yangtze in Hubei's Badong
County. The crystal clear and unpolluted
water flows swiftly.
A tour by sampan is just
like a shooting arrow. One exciting
sport played here is "Gliding
in Water". The section of the
river earmarked for this game is twenty
kilometers long and passes along the
Mianzhu, Yingwu and Longchang Gorges.
One rides a boat starting in a branch
of the Shennong Stream and glides
past the four-kilometer-long Mianzhu
Gorge and then enters the main stream
of the Shennong. The boat glides over
the cobble-strewn river bed, its bottom
often banging against the stones.
It is not without risk yet exhilarating.
It is thrilling to battle with the
Drifting on the local
"peapod", you'll be able
to enjoy not only the beautiful scenery
along the River, but also see cliff-wallows
swishing in the air, groups of monkeys
sporting among the trees, shoals of
fish swimming in the clear water,
as well as ancient coffins in the
rocky crevices left by the Ba people,
and Shennong colorful pebbles.
It is newly opened to
the outside world, and it has been
considered as the highlight of the
entire trip. Like the neighboring
Lesser Three Gorges in Wushan County,
the ancient plank path runs along
the river, mysterious ancient coffins
suspended high on the cliff, wild
monkeys running under the primitive
trees and bushes. Dark green clear
water, dark green trees, dark green
mountains along the stream stretch
and disappear into faraway.
The Shennong Stream fascinates
the tourists with its special virtues
of serenity, uniqueness, primitiveness
and wilderness. Floating on a peapod
boat, you can appreciate not only
the natural scenes all the way, but
also the joys and excitement in fighting
the winds and waves.
Yangtze River Tour Sights