Three Little Gorges

The Daning River is one of the main tributaries of Yangtze River, with a total length of about 250 kilometers (155 miles). The river is relatively small, and the three gorges situated along the clean, green water exceed the Yangtze's Three Gorges in beauty and tranquility. Thus the Three Little Gorges also known as the Lesser Three Gorges have gained their popularity nationwide.

Drifting against the Daning River tide, you come across Longmen Gorge (Dragon Gate Gorge), Bawu Gorge (Misty Gorge) and Dicui Gorge (Emerald Green Gorge). The gorges stretch along the river from north to south for 50 kilometers (31 miles). Waterfalls are found among the green covered mountains. This is a natural scenic backdrop for photography. With the filling of the Three Gorges Reservoir, the water surface of the Daning River has become broader and more tranquil. Also, there are now riverside resorts available for visitors to enjoy. Passing along the Longmen Gorge, you can spot the site of the Ancient Plank Road up on the cliffs. There are many imposing peaks resembling various interesting forms along the way. In the Bawu and Dicui Gorges, you can see stalactite formations and similar odd landscapes everywhere. Drifting along this serene vista accompanied by these vivid formations will surely refresh the weariest of travelers.

The Three Little Gorges stand out for their elegance and tranquility. For modern people struggling in the hustle and bustle of life, the natural beauty of these gorges will surely give you a feeling of being out of this world.

Scenic Spots along the Three Little Gorges

The Three Little Gorges along the Daning River is famed for its green scenery and the secluded gorges. However visitors find not only these when cruising along. There are many other exciting things for exploration.

Boat Coffin
Boat coffin, which can be found in both Dicui and Bawu Gorges, is a funeral custom of the ancient Ba people and it is also a form of the Hanging Coffin . Passengers taking a boat can view the boat coffin in the west bank of the Dicui Gorge. It was a black placed on a jut of the cliff 200 meters high (656 feet). The ]boat' and its surrounding scenes are combining to form a vision: a fisherman wearing a large hat is fishing.

Three Little Gorges on Madu River
There exists another 'Three Gorges' besides the Three Gorges along the Yangtze River and the one along the Daning River. That is the one distributed along the Madu River, a tributary of the Daning River, consisting of, namely, the Sancheng Gorge, Qinwang Gorge, and Changtan Gorge, with a total length of about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles). Green water and mountain mingle together to form a great natural picture. Rafting down the torrential river confined narrowly by the cliffs is really exhilarating!

Longgupo Site
Fossils of pithecanthrope were found in Longgupo in 1986. The site is located at Longping Village of Wushan County in Chongqing. Fore-tooth and jaws with canine fossils of ancient ape-men were discovered, together with dozens of other fossils of gigantic monkeys, xiphodon tigers and biangular rhinos of the same period. They were proved to be living 2.04 million years ago. The discovery provides valuable resources for the research into the origin of human beings.


More Wu Gorge Attractions:

 Shennong Stream
 Twelve Peak 

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