Once I started going through old photos for skylines I found I couldn’t stop. To keep the post a moderate length I put them into a slide show. These are all from China, but taken over several years and representing a variety of cities.
The name Yangtze—derived from the name of the ancient fiefdom of Yang—has been applied to the river mainly by those in the West. Chang Jiang (“Long River”) is the name used in China, although it also is called Da Jiang (“Great River”) or, simply, Jiang (“[The] River”). The Yangtze is the most important river of China. It is the country’s principal waterway, and its basin is China’s great granary and contains nearly one-third of the national population.
Entering the Wu Gorge from the east (going up river) during the blue hour.
Goddess Peak in the Wu Gorge
Hillside shrine in the Wu Gorge.
Temple on the mountain in the Wu Gorge.
Side stream entering the Yangtze
Typical scenery along the Wu Gorge.
Sampan collecting trash after flood.
Bridge at the eastern entrance to the Wu Gorge.
Mountain scenery along the Wu Gorge.
Side stream entering the Yangtze.
Shipping traffic in the Wu Gorge.
Creek and mountains along the Wu Gorge.
Peek-a-boo view of the Goddess Peak in the Wu Gorge.
Wu is the middle gorge of the three gorges. It is between Wushan and Badong cities. You can see a larger version of any picture by clicking on it.
On the Yangtze River cruises there is an outing from Badong. I don’t know what the general rule is, or if there is one since we took different cruise lines different years, but going up the outing was to what they called the “lesser-three gorges” (hopefully my next post), going downstream last spring it was to Shennong Stream.
*If you read this post earlier: I made a mistake earlier and the actual name of the outing was “lesser three gorges”, sometimes called “mini-three gorges”, there is a similarly named “three gorges tribes” themed area in the Xiling Gorge.
Since I didn’t do a thorough job of assigning keywords to my pictures it is taking me some time to sort through my Gorge pictures.
Entering Qutang Gorge from the east (facing upriver).
Qutang Gorge, heading upriver.
Trash picker, in Qutang Gorge.
Shipping traffic in Qutang Gorge.
Shipping traffic in Qutang Gorge.
Looking back toward Qutang Gorge from the exit.
View of the entrance to Qutang Gorge, Kweimen, from White Emperor City.
Entering the Gorge from the west, heading down river.
Mountain tops along Qutang Gorge.
If you are heading down river the first gorge of the three gorges is Qutang Gorge. It starts at the White Emperor City (Baidicheng) and ends at Daxi. Here are some images from two trips through the Qutang gorge. In fall of 2014 my Dad and I went up river and in spring of this year, 2017, my son and I went downriver. The photos with brown water are from the fall of 2014, right after a flood, which washed a lot of soil and trash into the river. The ones from the spring of 2017 are, I’ve been told, the more normal water color.
Projecting from a stone island in the Yangtze River is the arresting sight of Shibao Zhai.
This pagoda appears to be almost convex due to the shape of the rock on which it was constructed.
The lower levels of this ancient pagoda would have been destroyed by the flooding caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Communal action, in the form of building a coffer dam has preserved this important site.