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Three Gorges Area Travel in China



Geography of Three Gorges Area


Three Gorges area of Yangtze River is one of the world's largest grand canyons with magnificent landscape section of waters and mountains. Three Gorges area is one of China's top 10 scenic spots. Across Chongqing Municipality and Hubei Province various scenic spots, magnificent rivers, mountains and natural attractions famed at home and abroad are available on the two sides of the Three Gorges. Starting from Baidicheng Fengjie County in Chongqing to Yichang, Hubei Province; Three Gorges area is comprised of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge with the total length of 193 kilometers. 

Three Gorges area is the essence of the Yangtze River scenery, and the gem of mountains and rivers in China. The grandness of Qutang Gorge, the enchantment of Wu Gorge and the steepness of Xiling Gorge, and more flaring small attractions such as Daling River, Shennong Stream, Xiang Stream and so on in Three Gorges area will draw your eyes and soul tightly. In geography, Three Gorges area starts from Yichang city, Hubei Province, however in convention especially in tourism; Wuhan is considered as the starting point of Three Gorges area.

Cultural History of Three Gorges Area

Once upon a time, the cliffs on the both sides of Three Gorges Area in the Yangtze River gave a great impression to Li Po, a China’s world-renowned poet of Tang Dynasty. He left us a splendid poem on landscape of Three Gorges area with a picturesque image to the late generation. Three Gorges area becomes the romantic and fairy place for living and travel. The variety of animals and plants, the beauty of the virgin forest, the quietness of the world except the heartbreaking voice of the apes gave us, especially the readers an eagerness to see her! In the depiction of Qu Yuan, Three Gorges area is a heavenly place filled with diversity of herbs and rare plants, and these herbs and plant just could be seen exclusively in heaven.

As one of the national scenic area, Three Gorges of Yangtze River is popularized for sightseeing, scientific expedition, past meditation, art appreciation, cultural studies, folklore experience and architectural investigation. The world-famous culture of Three Gorges area, splendid culture of the Three Kingdoms, exquisite monuments and magnificent landscapes constitute this world-famous gold line for touring, it is also known as the first choice in sightseeing tour at home and abroad. 

In this itinerary of Three Gorges area from Yichang to Chongqing, you could experience the nether world, earthly world and heavenly world. The well-famed Fengdu Ghost town, the stone inscription of Ghost King and the attractive scenery let you learn much of China’s ghost culture. The earliest water-inspection station of ancient China in Fuling, Baidi Town famous for Liubei’s will (one famous Emperor in Three-kingdom period of China), Zhangfei Temple in Yunyang (one renowned general in Shu kingdom of three-kingdom period, and he was sworn brother of Shu’s Emperor Liu Bei), Eight-Diagram tactics made by Zhuge Liang (the smartest Taoist and Confucian in ancient China). Three Gorges area is the hometown of China’s most famous and patriotic poet, Qu Yuan and Wang Zhaojun, one of four most beautiful ladies in China’s history. Many a famous literators or poets were attracted by enchanting landscapes in Three Gorges area such as Li Po, Bai Juyi, Liu Yuxi, Su Dongpo, Ouyang Xiu, and Lu You and so on. Lots of fairy stories, legendaries and anecdotes enrich this mysterious area. The hanging coffins on the cliffs is an enigma, the Goddess Peak is romantic and mysterious. More and more amazing discoveries and attractions hiding in the itinerary of Three Gorges area will surprise and excite you too much.

Folk Custom of Three Gorges Area   

Three Gorges area is the home of People from Chongqing and Hubei Province. The majority of people are Han nationality and Tujia nationality. They both keep the strong local custom. For instance, the dragon-boat racing formally held in Three Gorges area annually is for memorizing Qu Yuan. The special bamboo products Back baskets, and the particular wedding ceremony of Tujia minority are also your unforgettable experience in Three Gorges area. Chinese sturgeon, a kind of rare fish in the world, is also available here. Besides, if you find there are many trees or bamboos surrounding a house, please do not surprise, because it perhaps means that there is an unmarried beautiful girl in this family. The folk songs are also the most attractive in Three Gorges area.

Climate of Three Gorges Area

The average annual temperature in Three Gorges area is 18.4 degree Celsius, and in the coldest month, January, the average temperatures is 7.1 degree Celsius, while the mean temperature in July, the hottest month all around the year, is 29.3 degree Celsius. The annual average rainfall is about 1400 mm in Three Gorges area, and more is centralized in July and August. The climatic feature in Three Gorges area is mildness in winter, hotness in summer, abundance of rainfall, distinctions of four seasons. It is not much different from the Sichuan Basin, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. However, because of deep valleys, thus the sunshine time is short. In winter the sunshine available is just 2 or 3 hours before and after noon, and only 5 or 6 hours in summer.  

Transportation of Three Gorges Area

Because the landscapes of Three Gorges area are almost distributed along the two sides of Yangtze River, taking cruise ship or boat is the better choice. The trip by water from Wuhan to Chongqing via Three Gorges area is time-consuming, so the visitors have sufficient time to see the landscape on both sides, while the cost is low and acceptable. If you are planning to visit Three Gorges from Chongqing to Wuhan, it will quite fast and the landscapes on both sides are all available.  So in the sightseeing itinerary of Three Gorges, the ships are the most useful and popular vehicle. If you choose bus, train and plane, the attractions in the Three Gorges area are hardly seen. To a most degree, visiting Three Gorges by air or by bus is not realistic. Hence, in a word, ships master the transportation of Three Gorges area.

Cuisine of Three Gorges Area

Three Gorges cuisine is almost from the local area and characterized of its local taste and flavors. Visitors are generally hard to get at other places. Three Gorges area is rich in oranges; the cuisine made of oranges is available and unique from other style in other places. The bamboo is the common plants in Three Gorges area, bamboo shoot is another kind of materials for local cuisine. The local usually take the bamboo as the meal dishware. The diversity of fishes in Three Gorges area provides the rich materials for local cuisine. Chairman Mao much preferred to eat Wuchang fish which has been mentioned in his poems for several times. Three Gorges Feast of Boat Tracker is the most famous cuisine in this area. It is the simple dish enjoyed by local trackers. They catch some fresh crucian, bake them above the fire, and then cook the baked crucian with the pickled vegetable. It is the tasty cuisine! Other than the cuisine, the local snacks are also widely welcome in Three Gorges area.


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