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Swifting on water- Shennongxi River

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

The Shennongx River, also called the Yandu River, is located on the north bank of the new Badong county.The name Shenlong comes from a peak with a shape of a human figure, which has been regarded as Shennong, an ancient emperor.  It is the first tributary, which the Yangtze River meets after coming out of the Wu Gorge to go into the Xiangxi River Broad Valley. For thousands of years, the Shennongxi River lies among countless mountains and deep valleys like a huge dragon.

Then, at Xixiangkou in Badong county, Hubei Province, it flows into Yangtze River quietly. Before the Three Gorges reserved water, the rising of the water level didn’t weaken the gorge sense of the gorges of the Shennongxi River. The distance between both banks of the river is only 50 to 60 meters. Mountains are still lofty. Today, the Shennongxi River is a green world. Water is green, mountains are green. And this green is just beside you hand.

With deep gorges, flourishing trees and shadows reflecting on clear waters, this place has been a beautiful resort in the new Three Gorges.
Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

 

 

 

 

 

This tremendous gorge stretches 5.7km with steep slopes facing each other, the closest distance being even less than 20 meters.When visiting the gorge on a boat, Dufu, a poet of Tang Dynasty, once wrote” Like a long serpent the river wanders, with villages in its folds. From the cave of Dragon my boat comes, to visit the families under rough loads.” This gorge consists of two parts, which are named as Stone Coffin Gorge and Broken Stone Gorge respectively.

On both sides of the gorge grow a great deal of bamboos. With beautiful shades of bamboo and tremendous steep rock cliffs, this gorge is a marvelous exhibition of natural beauty as well as a museum of records of ancient geographical movement.

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

Swifting on water - Shennongxi River

Stalagmites can be seen here growing in exotic shapes, some of them being more than 200 meters wide. The narrowest section of the river is only 5 meters wide, from where only a narrow stripe of sky can be seen above. When traveling on the local pea-shape boats under the cliff, you will be assured to have once been in a fairyland.

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