Qingjiang River Gallery

Lying in Changyang Tujia Autonomous County in Yichang of Hubei Province, Qingjiang River Gallery is famous for the crystal-clear water, the picturesque mountains and culture of Tujia ethnic minority. There is a saying, "Scenery in Qingjiang River is as beautiful as an exquisite landscape painting, while the Changyang section is more wonderful than a gallery." The three most famous scenic spots along the Qingjiang Gallery are Reflection Gorge, Xianren Village, and Wuluo Zhongli Mountain.
 

Reflection Gorge

Measuring about 3 miles (5 kilometers) long, Reflection Gorge is the first main spot along Qing River Gallery. The water here is so clear, giving visitors the impression that the fish are swimming in the trees and the birds are having a rest in the water. On either side of the gorge there are many amazing stone landscapes the most famous of which is Qingjiang Giant Buddha Mountain. It is naturally formed and resembles a Maitreya. With a height of about 912 feet (278 meters) and a bottom width of about 486 feet (148 meters), the mountain is two times larger than Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan.
 

Xianren Village

Getting into the village, tourists will first see many stilt houses of local Tujia people, antique and glorious. Inside the village, there is a Xianren Cave you must not miss, inside which lies a unique rock, special grass with sweet smell, and a temple worshiping Guanyin and Buddha, as well as lots of macaques. The drinkable spring water in the village is said to improve eyesight and give one a clear head; hence the spring is named "Smart Spring".
 

Wuluo Zhongli Mountain

Wuluo Zhongli Mountain is the cradle of the Tujia people. The whole mountain seems like it is floating on the water, and the elevation of the main peak is about 1,304.1 feet (397.5 meters). The White Tiger Stone on the mountain is shaped like a tiger roaring toward the sky. It is said that the first king of Ba People became a white tiger after he died, so Tujia people regard white tiger as their patron god. Moreover, visitors coming here may taste the Qingjiang Fish, which has enjoyed a high reputation for centuries.
 

How to Tour Qingjiang River Gallery

 Visitors need to appreciate Qingjiang Gallery by cruise ship. The boat fare is included in the admission fee.
 There are two cruising lines in the scenic area:
Line A: Visitors Center—Tujia Featured Street--Reflection Gorge--Xianren Village—Wuluo Zhongli Mountain;
Line B: Visitors Center—Tujia Featured Street--Reflection Gorge-- Xianren Village.
Visitors can go ashore to Xianren Village and Wuluo Zhongli Mountain. But for the Reflection Gorge, they can only appreciate it on the cruise ship. Below is the schedule of the cruise ship:
Route March – October November – next February
Line A  09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30 10:00, 11:00, 13:00
Line B 09:30 to 15:30 with an interval of an hour None
 The duration of Line A is about 4 to 5 hours, and visitors may have a meal in the restaurants at Wuluo Zhongli Mountain; while Line B is about 2 hours, and you'd better take some food and water since there isn't a place for visitors to take a lunch.
 There are two wharfs in Xianren Village, one for disembarking and the other for embarking. There is a mountain between them tourists need to climb.
 

How to get to Qingjiang River Gallery from Yichang

 Take bus No. 803 or 813 to Changyang. The bus departs every 15 to 20 minutes from Yichang Long-Distance Bus Station or Yichang General Bus Station respectively. Ticket price is CNY 17. Duration is 60 to 70 minutes.
 Upon arrival, take the special tourism bus to the scenic site directly. The bus departs at 09:00, 10:20 and 12:30 from Changyang Bus Station. Duration is about 20 minutes and the tickets fare is CNY 5. If you miss the bus, you may take a taxi to the scenic area at about CNY 25.
Admission Fee Line A: CNY 145, including the admission ticket of CNY 90 and sightseeing boat fare of CNY 55.
* Children of 1.2 to 1.4 meters (3.9 to 4.6 feet): CNY 100, including admission ticket of CNY 45 and sightseeing boat fare of CNY 55.
* Children below 1.2 meters: Free of Charge
Line B: CNY 88, including the admission ticket of CNY 58 and sightseeing boat fare of CNY 30.
* Children of 1.2 to 1.4 meters: CNY 59, including admission ticket of CNY 29 and sightseeing boat fare of CNY 30.
* Children below 1.2 meters: Free of Charge
Opening Hours 08:00-17:00
- Last modified on Oct. 18, 2018 -
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