Gorges Of Yangtze River
The Three Gorges of
Yangtze River extend 193 kilometers from
the western Baidicheng in Sichan Province,
to Nanjinguan of Yichang city in Hubei
Province in the east. They differ from
each other in sceneries: Qutang Gorge
is straight and craggy; Wu Gorge, deep,
serene and exquisite; while Xiling Gorge
perilous for its shoals and rapid currents.
From east to west, it 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 gateway. 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.
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 churn 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 it's as difficult as climbing
a steep hill.
extends 40 kilometers from the mouth of Daning
River of Wushan Mountain in the west to Guandukou
of Badong in the east. The Wu Gorge is gifted
with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges.
It's deep and serene with changeable weather.
The rolling River twists and turns and boats zigzag
their way along, as if cruising in a fantastic
The twelve peaks of Wushan
Mountain all rise to the blue sly.
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 a slim
girl shrouded in clouds and mist faintly
visible as if clad in fine gauze dress,
looking attractive and exuding tenderness