The Yangtze River is China's longest
river and the third longest in the world. The
river starts in Qinghai, travels through Tibet
and seven provinces and ends just north of Shanghai
in the East China Sea.
This turbulent and powerful sight
and journey, has been the source of inspiration
for numerous poets and artists over the years.
Despite the rise of the river at 135m above sea
level after the dam started to reserve water in
late 2002, the gorges are still by far worth seeing,
as whatever under the water now has left a great
deal to our imagination.
The Three Gorges on the Yangtze are
Qutang, Wu and Xiling, all providing a stunning
array of sights and scenery, stretching 192 km
from Baidicheng (White Emperor City) in Chongqing
in the west, to Yichang in Hubei Province in the
east. In addition to these main monsters are the
Lesser Gorges, located along the Daning River
and Madu River.
A couple of years ago, the some native
and foreign media irresponsibly stressed that
the completion of the dam would be a termination
to the gorges and the scenery of the river, and
made it a real hassle when tourists then flooded
But now, one doesn't have to
fight with other tourists for his own reserved
cabin. A voyage going upstream from Wuhan to Chongqing
allows you to see the magnificent dam and experience
going through the world-recorded 5-step locks.
Then you'll be on the wide smooth water like a
huge long lake and ever so much higher. The mountains
are now, showing you their upper faces, which
they never did before.