Wu Gorge (Wū Xiá, 巫峡), or the Grand Gorge (Dà Xiá, 大峡), boasts the most immediately beautiful and spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges. Stretching across two counties, Chongqing and Badong (Bādōng Xiàn, 巴东县) in Hubei, it covers over 40km (25 mi), starting in the west at the mouth of the Daning River (Dàníng Hé, 大宁河) and winding across to Badong County in the east. Flanking the river are a series of green mountains, precipices and peaks which, as the water zig-zags forward, give way to some..
Baidi Cheng (Báidìchéng, 白帝城) or "White Emperor City" is situated on Baidi Shan (Báidì Shān, 白帝山), now an island, at the entrance to Qutang Gorge, one of the famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. The approach to this historic site from nearby Fengjie (Fèngjié Xiàn, 奉节县) passes through scenes of pagoda-topped hillsides but the view is sadly marred by factories and workers' housing built in the 1970s. Once ashore, however, the complex of temples and halls and great views of..
At just 8 km (5 mi) long, Qutang Gorge (Qūtáng Xiá, 瞿塘峡) is the shortest of all Three Gorges, but don't let that put you off—it's also the deepest and the narrowest at 1,200 m down (3,937 ft) and just 150 m (492 ft) at its widest point, which makes for some very dramatic scenery. At its western end is the Kui Gate (Kuí Mén, 夔门), a narrow bottleneck through two precipitous cliffs that makes for an exhilarating ride as the powerful waters rush through. On the southern river bank by the Kui Gate is a stretch of..