Explore Splendors along the Yangtze River

Summer is the season to play waters.

This summer, I joined the Yangtze Cruise packages of Chinaholidays and explore the splendors along the Yangtze River.

Our first step was Chongqing, we visited Zhazidong which record many miserable stories before the new China founded. Then we arrived Fengdu, the Ghost city. It’s located the northern bank of Yangtze River. Fengdu got its reputation as the ‘Ghost City’ in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 A.D. – 220 A.D.). Two officials from the imperial court named Wang Fangping and Yin Changsheng, got bored with the political life in the court and came to Mt. Minshan outside the Fengdu City to practice Taoist teachings. Both of them later became immortals by carrying out self-cultivation. This story widely spread and makes Mt. Minshan famous. When combined together, their surnames Yin and Wang, sound very much like ‘King of Hell’ in Chinese, hence the people began to call Fengdu the ‘Ghost City’. According to superstitious legend, the dead come to Fengdu Ghost City and the devils go to hell. Since Tang Dynasty, forty-eight temples have been built in the place, such as the ‘Hall of the Jade Emperor’, ‘the Palace of Hell’, ‘Boundary Between the Living and the Dead’, ‘the Ridge of Helplessness’ and ‘the Balcony of Nostalgia’. All of the temples there look quite magnificent while statues are extremely lifelike.

The highlighted attraction is Three Gorges.

The Three Gorges, the most spectacular section of the Yangtze River, were filled with breathtaking sceneries. Baidi City, Fengjie in Chongqing Municipality and Nanjin Pass of Yichang in the Hubei province locate around it. The Qutang Gorge, known for its magnificence, is only 8 km long. Wu Gorge, 44 km long, is famed for its deep valley and quiet beauty. Among the twelve peaks, the Goddess Peak is the most exquisite. Xiling Gorge, extending 66 km in length and full of turbulent currents and whirlpools, is one of the most dangerous shoals.