Wu Gorge is the most beautiful section of the Yangtze River, flanked by high peaks that are often capped by fog or clouds. The steep slopes of the gorge are green with trees and bushes. The gorge was long known to be as dangerous as it is beautiful. It was a dangerous place for boat navigators, who faced dangers including whirlpools, quicksand, and currents that varied from hour to hour. As the river cuts its way through the Wushan mountains, its roaring currents change their directions constantly.
Wu Gorge is 45 kilometers (28 miles) long, extending from the mouth of the Daning River in the west to the north-bank town of Guangukou, in Badong County, in the east. The small trading town of Peishi marks the provincial border, where the river crosses from Sichuan Province into Hubei Province.
West start the Chongqing Wushan County Daning river mouth, east to Hubei Province Badong county magistrate ferry spot, canyon long valley deep, tortuous, the high peak lofty is continuous, the smoke cloud densely winds around, scenery quiet and beautiful side, like a too beautiful to behold decorated corridor.
The Wu Gorge main landscape has three (Chu Huaiwang the dream to meet the Wushan goddess Chu balcony, precious Ji Shoushu DaYu gives book estrade, DaYu cuts evil dragon to cut dragon estrade), eight scenery (south the mausoleum summit "south the mausoleum spring day dawn", the willow level ground "the sunset glow", the Daning river mouth "Ninghe late crosses", the clear brook river bank "clear brook fishing", the Ninghe ferry spot "the clear deep pool harvest moon", in five Fengshan "the Xiu peak imperial sacrifices check", the city gazes westwards the husband "the convent tablet", The Gaotang view "faces the cloud evening rain") and 12 peaks (namely north shore river rises to a position of honor, saint spring, towards cloud, goddess, pine loves, collection immortal six peaks, Nanan flies phoenix, green jade screen, gathers crane, only world, cloud, rises six peaks). Song Dynasty poet Lu You poem cloud: "Puts under the boat the Wu Gorge, the heart on 12 peaks."
In 12 peaks is most famous by the goddess peak, in the peak has a tall and graceful stone column, takes the form of the slim and graceful young girl. She every day most early take the rosy-colored clouds at dawn, also finally send back the sunset glow, therefore called "looks the rosy cloud peak". According to Tang Guang "Yong City Collection Immortal Record" carries, queen mother of the west young girl precious Ji take kuang chapter, Yu Yu and so on the gods goes to travel East China Sea, crosses Wu mountain, sees the flood to wreak havoc, thereupon "helps Yu cuts the stone, the rarefaction wave, fills, leads the distress definitely, by follows its class". The flood is already even, precious Ji help the people forever pray the good harvest year, sail a boat safely, set up the mountain top in the course of time, then will change into the goddess peak.
While the pristine mountains and picturesque surroundings alone make a trip to Wu Gorge worthwhile, a number of riverside attractions add even more to the area's appeal. Historical landmarks, ranging from ancient temples to notable inscriptions, are conveniently located on the river banks and should not be missed on your visit.
As the water level rises due to the Three Gorges Dam Project, more scenes in the Wu Gorge will be explored as attractions for tourists to visit.