The scenery of the Three Gorges is one of the biggest draws for visitors to the Yangtze River for good reason. The Three Gorges is one of the earliest tourist destinations in China. It is famous not only for its stunning landscapes but for the long history and splendid culture. The myriad of ancient temples, villages, and paths add to the splendor of the Three Gorges. Visitors cruising down the Yangtze River can witness life as it has been for centuries by people living on and around the river.
The scenery of the Three Gorges has inspired people for centuries
One of the newly built villages in the Three Gorges
Visitors onboard cruise ships have a wide range of activities for their entertainment. Many of these activities help visitors better understand the ancient culture of China. These activities include Taiji classes, seminars on traditional Chinese medicine, art demonstrations, and wonderful performances put on by the crew of the ship.
Onboard morning Taiji classes. Get up early in the morning and learn to exercise one of the most popular body-building art in China.
Crew members playing traditional Chinese instruments
Crew members demonstrating the traditional minority dances
The excursions are each carefully chosen to show off China's rich culture and history. Each excursion has an English speaking guide to allow guests to get the most of their experiences. When applicable, private air-conditioned buses will escort passengers from their ship to their destination. Each cruise will have its own excursions. Excursions include Shennong Stream, Fengdu Ghost City, the Three Gorges Dam, Shibaozhai (Stone Treasure Fortress), and White Emperor City. Each of these excursions takes two to three hours.
Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu City is constructed on the Mingshan Hill. Legend says that over 1,700 years ago two officials named Yin and Wang (the combination of their surnames means "Ghost King") studied Taoism here and eventually became immortals. The area now features amazing temples depicting underworld demons and gods. It clearly demonstrates the Chinese ghost culture and is a place where the evil is punished, and the righteous are rewarded.
Visitors to Fengdu Ghost City are transported part of the way by these electric vehicles.
In the picturesque gardens of the Ghost City, Fengdu, your guide will tell you the mysterious legends of the Immortals.
Fengdu Ghost City is not only known for its Ghost culture, but also for its beauty.
Visitors balancing on a small rock show that they are worthy to continue into the god of the underworld's temple.
The Five Cloud Pagoda is located on the peak of Ming Mountain in the Fengdu Ghost City.
The god of the underworld stately and imposing watches over the mortal world.
Shennong Stream is a small tributary of the Yangtze River, 60-kilometer-long, which is famous for its picturesque scenery. Visitors can board a traditional sampan and drift along with it. No one who has ever been to this spectacular place has left without being impressed by its crystal clear waters flowing swiftly through the deep gorges. Its steep peaks, thick vegetation, wildflowers, and exotic birds Shennong stream never fails to humble visitors. Carved into the steep cliffs a plank road was built in ancient times to help travelers on foot navigate the gorges, and ancient hanging coffins are suspended high on the cliff faces. These are just a few of the sites that will greet visitors. In the distance, sweet love songs of the local ethnic minority people can be heard. This is a mysterious place filled with history, and nature's splendor.
Natures splendor seen on the way to the Shennong Stream.
The mountains that have inspired poets and artist for centuries.
Boat crews waiting to take visitors down the Shennong Stream.
The Pea Pod boats that transport visitors through the Shennong Stream.
The narrow gorges of the Shennong Stream.
A local guide describing the legends of Shennong Stream's vertical cliffs.
Boat trackers pulling the boats along the shallow parts of the stream as they have done for centuries.
One of the two-thousand-year-old hanging coffins seen along the Shennong Stream.
The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric complex in the world. The dam's construction will take a total of 17 years to complete. The three gorges dam not only creates electricity but will also control the annual floods that have devastated vast portions of China for millennia. Each year 15 million people and 1.5 million hectares of farmland will be protected from flood threats, thanks to the Three Gorges Dam.
If you need more clear ideas about the route of your Yangtze cruise, check out the maps of Yangtze River.
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