10 Amazing Sights Along the Yangtze River  

Steeped in history, architecture and incredible natural beauty, there are many things to see and experience along the Yangtze River in China.



Yangze River

Yangze River, Image by John Robert McNally via Flickr


The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world. It stretches from the southern foothills of Geladandong Park in the Tanggula Mountains, flows past 6 provinces and 2 regions, and runs east into the East China Sea.


There’s a lot to see and do along the river. If you want to know more about Yangtze River in China, you can contact The China Travel Company for your travel plans. Here are some of the top sights.


1.      Fengdu

This town is referred to as the “Ghost City”. The town can be traced back to the Han Dynasty that reigned between 206 BC and 220 AD. Two officials, Wang and Yin, became Taoist recluses in the town and eventually Immortals.


2.      Fengjie (Baidi City)

The city is in the eastern part of Fengjie and is famous for a host of different poets as well as being known as the “poet city.” Here you will find 2 famous legends: “The Orphan was Put in Trust in Baidi City” and “The Seven Hundred Connected Barracks were Burned.”


3.      Outang Gorge

Just below Baidi City is Outang Gorge. It’s the first of three gorges of the Yangtze River. Famous for its sheer and incredible precipices, a visit to the gorge promises sights of wonderful natural formations and the two majestic mountains: the White Salt Mountain to the south and the Red Passage Mountain to the north. The steep precipices form a massive door where the river bursts through an incredible rush of roaring water.


4.      Wu Gorge

Wu Gorge is probably the most beautiful section of the entire river. The gorge is flanked by high peaks, often capped in clouds or fog, and the steep slopes are bleated in gorgeous greenery. This is a highly dangerous place for boat navigators who could encounter quicksand, whirlpools, and tumultuous currents.


5.      Wushan

This town is known for its pretty setting that looks down the Wu Gorge and up the Daning River and then down into the Three Little Gorges which refers to the three valleys of the Daning River – Emerald Gorge, Dargon-Gate Gorge, and Misty Gorge.


6.      Shennong Stream

This tributary of the Yangtze River rises in the south of the Shennongjia Natural Reserve and joins the River at Xirangkou in Hubei’s Bandong Country. The stream is crystal clear and flows north to south.


7.      Xiling Gorge

With loads of terrifying currents and rapids, the gorge begins at Bandong County and winds its way for 76 kilometres down to the Nanjin Pass. This is the longest part of the Three Gorges and the dangerous rapids make for a thrilling ride.


8.      Zigui

Found at the exit of Xiling Gorge, you will come across the tomb and memorial pavilion in memory of Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet of ancient China. You can take a dragon ship in the Fragrant Stream and enjoy the beauty and ancient history of Wang Zhaojun.


9.      Lesser Three Gorges

The gorges are made up of Dicui Gorge, Longmen Gorge and Bawu Gorge and stretch for 50 kilometres. The river is shallow and lucid, full of steep peaks, and its beauty is simply superior to any of the other gorges.


10.   Shibaozhai – Stone Treasure Stockade

In the Yuyin Mountain, on the northern side of the Yangtze River, you will find the wooden pagoda. The stronghold is made up of 3 parts: the gate, body and ancient temple, and tower, all made up entirely of wood. You can only access the building by traversing the steep mountain. The views from the top of the endless river and amazing scenery are simply breathtaking.



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