Famous throughout history for being a focal point of
civilisation within China, with signs of human activity dating back
some 27,000 years, this is an incredibly important part of China's
history and culture throughout the ages.
One of the most well-known views along the Yangtze is the Three
Gorges within the Wu Mountain range comprising of the Qutang, Wu,
and Xiling gorges. This is a truly spectacular stretch of the
river, as you sail under soaring peaks that rise dramatically from
the waters, seemingly endlessly as the canyons stretch out into the
horizon perfectly framing the iconic river with craggy cliff faces
and verdant, tree covered slopes. As well as natural beauty, the
river is famous for a fantastic man-made wonder in the Three Gorges
Dam. This hydroelectric gravity dam is not only a fantastic
renewable resource for the people of China, it is the largest of
its kind in the world and produces record breaking amounts of
The river is also host to a wide array of wildlife, such as the
endangered Chinese alligator, the world's smallest crocodilian, and
the Chinese giant salamander, the world's largest amphibian.
Unfortunately, due to pollution and human intervention, both
creatures are now on the endangered list.