A charming cruise along the Yangtze River attracts thousands of people for the extremely absorbing attractions, such as the Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozai, 3 Gorges and Nanjing City. Typical Chinese landscapes with grand mountains, clean waters and man-made miracles make the trip along Yangtze River memorable and interesting. Plan a perfect tour to Yangtze river excursion sites and follow this to get the basic knowledge of the top attractions.
The ancient architecture of Shibaozhai is located in Zhong County at the south bank of the Yangtze River. Literally means Stone Treasure Fortress, Shibaozhai is famous for the wooden architecture stands on the riverside. Built upon a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, Shibaozai has a height of 56 m. (about 31 ft.) and 12 storey tall. Each floor contains valuable artifacts. In addition to the murals, sculptures in the wooden architecture, the view of the river with the farms and village is terrific.
Fengdu Ghost City is an ancient town located on the northern bank of Yangtze River. With a time-honored history, Fengdu got its reputation as the “Ghost City” in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 A.D. - 220 A.D.). Two officials named Wang Fangping and Yin Changsheng came to Mt. Minshan to practice Taoist teachings. Both of them later became immortals by carrying out self-cultivation. As the surnames of the two men were Yin and Wang, which sound very much like “King of Hell” in Chinese, hence the people began to call Fengdu the “Ghost City”. The city was built according to Chinese people's imagination of the hell. In Chinese legends, all dead people will be judged in hell. So, the town has “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”. Nearly all buildings were constructed in Tang Dynasty. Exquisite buildings with carved beams and painted rafters show you the architectural styles in ancient China, vivid sculptures and animated frescos remind you of the legends in China.
3 Gorges are the most renowned sites on Yangtze River. 3 Gorges are the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Qutang Gorge starts at the White Emperor City in the west and ending at Daxi Stream in the east with a distance of 8 km. (about 5 mi.). The turbulent waters flowing in the deep gorge along a continuous line of peaks make a most magnificent picture. The rolling and roaring river bursts through the rock gate that towers over the water. Known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains, Wu Gorge is full of zigzags, weird peaks, rising mists and beautiful sights. Twelve Peaks on both banks of the river, in particular, is the most spectacular site of Wu Gorge. The poetic Goddess Peak is one of twelve peaks. Xiling Gorge is full of shoals and rapid currents. Three well-known shoals are Xietan, Qingtan and Kong Ling. With numerous reefs and odd-shaped stones existing in rapid shoals, the gorge is known as dangerous. Historical sites like Huangling Temple, Tactics Books and Sword Gorge can be enjoyed along Xiling Gorge.
Nanjing city deserves your visit during your Yangtze River tour. As capital city for 6 dynasties, Nanjing is famous for its ancient constructions and abundant culture. Fuzi Miao (Confucius Temple) and Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum are symbols of old buildings, while Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge symbolize the modern architectural arts of China. Take a tour along the Yangtze River and visit all excursion sites in this is a feast for your eyes.