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Chongqing Qutang Gorge, Fengjie County

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The Qutang Gorge is the shortest and most spectacular of China's Three Gorges.Immediately downstream of the ancient village Baidicheng (白帝城) the Yangtze River passes between the Chijia Mountain (赤甲山) on the north and the Baiyan Mountain (白鹽山) on the south. The point where the river passes between these mountains is called the Kuimen Gate (夔門) and it is the entrance to the Qutang Gorge - the first of the three Yangtze gorges. The Qutang Gorge is only 8km long, but it is also the narrowest of the Three Gorges. The widest point measures only 150 metres (500 ft) wide. The mountains on either side reach as high as 1,200 metres (4,000 ft). This combination of narrow canyons among high mountains with several switchbacks in only 8 kilometres creates spectacular vistas, and the Qutang Gorge is often considered the most beautiful of all the Three Gorges.The Qutang Gorge is located 31.033826 °N, 109.540160 °E. Administratively, it is part of Fengjie County of the Chongqing Municipality.SitesBaidichengBaidicheng was an ancient city on the northern shore of the Yangtze River. Baidicheng was also where Liu Bei, first emperor of the Kingdom of Shu during the Three Kingdoms era, died. There is a Liu Bei Memorial Temple and a Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple in Baidicheng. Baidicheng is a major tourist attraction of a Yangtse cruise.Chalk WallThe Chalk Wall is a white cliff face on the southern bank of the Yangtze River at the entrance to the Qutang Gorge . The Chalk Wall can be easily recognized by the numerous characters carved into the rock, many of which were done by famous Chinese calligraphers. Nearly 1,000 characters in all are carved into the rock wall, with the oldest dating to the Song Dynasty . The wall has characters carved in many different styles of calligraphy and in various sizes. The largest characters are approximately 1.7 metres wide.
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  • 夔門天下雄,非常值得一去。是三峽中最短的,卻是最為雄偉的一段,只是三峽大壩蓄水後,早已不如當年,高峽出平湖。現在每年好像都有搞紅葉旅遊節,也是不錯的。  more »
  • Cruised through this gorge recently and it was much better than my first visit. Firstly the river was lower due to the recent decrease in the water level, and secondly as there was a really good Engli...  more »
  • Cruising from Chongqing we reached Kuimen Gate , the first of the Three Gorges.From here , it zigzags about 8km to Daxi .The Qutang Gorge has the shortest length among the three. We were awakened from...  more »