|Xiling Gorge, Yichang|
Three Gorges Dam Project
Schedule of Three Gorges Dam Project
Benefits from Three Gorges Project
Problems Caused by Three Gorges Project
Scenery Change after Three Gorges Dam Completed
The Yangtze River runs through the city of Yichang, creating many natural reserves along its path. This valuable resource has made the city a valuable territory, and for this reason it became a place contested by all strategists. Yichang was a famous battlefield throughout the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). It is also the birth place of many historical celebrities, such as Qu Yuan and Wang Zhaojun.
|Three Gorges Dam, Yichang|
Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project, which is located towards the end of the Xiling Gorge, is another impressive landmark. It was built in 1988 and is the largest water conservancy project in the country. It is known for the vigorous gushes of water which fall amidst the beautiful surrounding landscape when the sluice is opened.
There are also many scenic landmarks around the Three Gorges area. Xiling Gorge is the longest of the three gorges. It is divided into four parts, marking specific areas that the Yangtze River turbulently passes through. Sailing down the Yangtze River, visitors can see beautiful scenery along both river banks. Zhaojun Hometown and Qu Yuan Hometown are on the north bank of the river. Between Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam, there is a particularly beautiful area - Sanxia Ren Jia (Three Gorges Families), where visitors can enjoy scenery while having a taste of local life.
|Gezhouba Dam, Yichang|
The area around Yichang City is highly forested, which creates many beautiful scenic areas in and around the city. Chexi Tujia Scenic Area to the west of the city, is an area where natural beauty and the folk custom of Tujia People have merged, creating a fascinating destination. Sixi River Scenic Area, located in the southeastern portion of Zigui County, is an area centered on the rivers. Some other attractive natural areas include Site of Changyang Man, Chexi Folk Scenic Area, Yuquan Temple Scenic Area and Dalaoling National Forest Park.
|Chinese Sturgeon Museum|
Anthropologists who studied these remains concluded that they belonged to early Homo sapiens who lived during mid Paleolithic age. These fossils had some characteristics of modern men and were more advanced compared to those of Beijing Man. The fossils proved that in early antiquity, humans had lived in the present Changyang area and in the area of the Yellow River. Yangtze River was also the cradle of the birth of civilization in China.
Chexi Folk Scenic Area: Located in Tucheng Town in Dianjun District of the city, Chexi Folk Scenic Area has been nicknamed "the Hometown of Dreams". There are eight tourist attractions: Shixian Valley, Lamei Gorge, Bachu Gutu Garden, Farmhouse Museum, Baota Valley, Tianlong Grotto, Wind Cave and Wangyou Valley. Visitors can enjoy Tujia ethnic folk songs and dancing, watch ancient workshop shows and farming displays in these picturesque settings.
|Huangling Temple, Yichang|
Come here to forget the hustle and bustle of city life and be one with nature.
For visitors who want to get to know Yichang City, Chinese Sturgeon Museum gives an introduction to fossils which have lived on earth for 140 million years; Sanxia Fengqing Island, neighboring the museum, is a theme park with a view of Three Gorges.
Related Link: Attractions along Yangtze River