Third Day Cruise on the Yangtze River Three Gorges and the Lesser Three Gorges

Third Day Cruise on the Yangtze River Chongqing Three Gorges
Cruise the Lesser Three Gorges of the Yangtze River (Day 3) is one of the most interesting parts of this trip. It is not only the passing of the first two enchanting gorges of the Yangtze river, but also join in optional chance to take a small boat to cruise on the Daning River, which is picturesque landscapes of the three Gorges often portrayed by Chinese poets. The impressive structure of the 5-level ship lock is also remarkable, although being seen at midnight.

Options during the Yangtze Cruise

Visit the city of Baidi very early in the morning as your optional activity during your Yangtze Cruise. The onshore excursion begins from 7:30am to 10am. It was in this city that the White King, the king of Shu kingdom, Liu Bei, has entrusted the regency of the kingdom and his son to his war strategist Zhu Geliang. This site dating from the Three Kingdoms, is therefore of great importance to the Chinese. For Europeans, the city is not full of great interest, except that you can just walk around and stretch your legs a bit. If you want to add this tour to your program, simply send them to one of our advisors.

The Qutang Gorge

This gorge is the first and the narrowest of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. Spanning barely 8 kilometers, the current one is much stronger. Surrounded by cliffs 900 meters' high, it is the most scenic one of the Three Gorges. The famous poet Li Bai was also described as "a thousand seas poured into a cup." You can imagine the turbulence. The entrance to the gorge is called Kui gate or Kuimen. This neck enclosed by two huge mountains is a must that marks the beginning of the Three Gorges.

Cruise on Danning River to visit the Lesser Three Gorges

Between Qutang Gorge and Wuxia Gorge, the boat comes to a halt at the entrance of narrower grooves. It is then proposed to borrow a smaller raft and explore some of the most beautiful panoramas of the cruise. On the Daning River, these grooves are narrower but many consider more spectacular than large gorges, with their rock formations that seem to be reached by hands. The extraordinary shapes created by the rocky peaks where waterfalls gush are inhabited by noisy monkeys. At the cliff, high wooden walkways used to connect the slopes from one end to the other and coffins are suspended in the air, more than 300 meters above the heads.

Wuxia Gorge

This time, it's about 40 kilometers that extends the second gorge of the Yangtze River, marking the border between Sichuan and Hubei. Green trees, springs and waterfalls are the best ornaments of this painting-like gorge. Twelve peaks along the Yangtze River, the goddess Shennu peak is undoubtedly the most beautiful. When the tops are lost in the fog and create an enchanting landscape, we can quickly understand where the inspiration of Chinese painters comes.

The 5-level Ship Lock

1.5 kilometers on a lock is organized into 5 parts so that larger ships can cross the 120 vertical meters to reach Yichang, conversely, upstream Yangtze River Cruise to Chongqing. For smaller boats (less than 3,000 tons), a "lift" has been adjusted to avoid using locks. This unique system allows you to browse the Yangtze River depends only 6-9 months a year, cannot be used when the river floods. Unfortunately, during the cruise, the passing of the 5-level Ship Lock is at midnight, so it is difficult to realize the immensity of the project. In addition, it takes 3 hours for the boat passes five locks...

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    379M Altitude Third Day Cruise on the Yangtze River
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