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Shennong Stream

Shennong Stream, Yangtze River cruise, China travel tour trip to Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream, Yangtze River cruise, China tour travel trip to Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream, Yangtze River cruise, China travel tours trip to Shennong Stream

Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River, rises in the southern part of Shennongjia Natural Reserve. It joins the Yangtze at Xirangkou in Hubei's Badong County. With crystal clear steam flows swiftly from north to south through deep gorges, a sampan tour will allow you to experience a speedy adventure along this newly opened unspoiled river. The section of the river earmarked for this game is twenty kilometers long and passes along the Mianzhuxia, Yingwuxia and Longchangxia. An arrow-like sampan glides past the four-kilometer-long Mianzhu Gorge and then enters the main stream of the Shennong. The boat glides over the cobble-strewn riverbed with its bottom often banging against the stones. It is not without risk yet exhilarating. It is thrilling to battle with the nature. (more information: Travel China Guide.Com and Yangtze River Tour.Com)It is said that trackers pulled a woody small boat in the nude by 1988, but now they have pulled on a pair of shorts because of a complaint from the tourist board.

Originating at Shennongjia in Hubei Province, it enters the Yangtze River at the eastern mouth of the Wu Gorge. A section about 20 kilometers between Yinwu Gorge and Longchuan Gorge is for drifting. The landscape on both banks of the river is unique and tranquil, and the water is clear. Drifting fast in speed by taking a small hand-rowing boat at a fast rate of speed, you will find it a thrilling and an exciting experience.

The 60-kilometer tributary of the Yangtze River, rises in the southern part of Shennongjia Natural Reserve and joins the Yangtze at Xirangkou in Hubei's Badong County. It runs out of the deep valley through the forest at a height of 3000m above sea level, and rushes southward between rocky cliffs. It covers 60 km and totally 17 rivers and streams flow into it. One of the most important ports of call for Yangtze Three Gorges tour.

The crystal clear steam flows from north to south through deep gorges and finally it merges with the Yangtze at the east of the mouth of Wu Gorge. The crystal clear and unpolluted water flows swiftly. A tour by sampan is just like a shooting arrow. One exciting sport played here is "Gliding in Water". The section of the river earmarked for this game is twenty kilometers long and passes along the Mianzhu, Yingwu and Longchang Gorges. One rides a boat starting in a branch of the Shennong Stream and glides past thefour-kilometer-long Mianzhu Gorge and then enters the main stream of the Shennong. The boat glides over the cobble-strewn river bed, its bottom often banging against the stones. It is not without risk yet exhilarating. It is thrilling to battle with the nature.

Precipitousness is the most noticeable characteristic of Mianzhu Gorge. Rocky cliffs rise steeply on both sides of the narrow river. Stalactites of all shapes sizes hang from the cliffs. The narrowest point of the gorge is only a bit over four meters wide. Here, the rocky walls stand so close across the river that they almost join together in the sky. This spot is called Yixiantian (A Rift in the Sky) where you can enjoy the life like Savage Palm and the Snake out of the cave.

Yingwu Gorge is famous for its natural beauty. Here, you can find flowers in full blossoms on all sides against the background of green hills; you can hear birds singing in the bushes and woods; you can walk through the dinging streams and take a drink in the clear springs; here, you can watch the "three color spring" shooting out of the cliff to forma 100' odd meter colored belt in the mid-air. The Swallow Cave is even more curious and marveling. This cave, home of thousands of short beaked golden swallows, is about80 m in height and 30 m in breadth. About 50 m further into the cave, you can see tier upon tier of lava like terraced fields extending before your eyes. This spot is called the Thousand Fallow- Fields.

Longchang Gorge is noted for its magnificence. Here, the river cuts through the sheering up rocky cliffs and winds its way down the deep gully. Peak Baota (Tower) thrusts abruptly into the sky, and traces of ancient battles can still be found.

Drifting on the local "peapod", you'll be able to enjoy not only the beautiful scenery along the River, but also see cliff-wallows swishing in the air, groups of monkeys sporting among the trees, shoals of fish swimming in the clear water, as well as ancient coffins in the rocky crevices left by the Ba people, Shennong colorful pebbles.

Shennongxi Drifting on Badong

Badong area is located on the southern bank of Yangzte River and far 530 kilometers from Chongqing city. "Badong" means the east of the Daba Mountain, "dong" means east in Chinese. Badong is between the Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorges, in front of mountains and face the rivers. So it's the important communications center. Many famous Chinese poets praised this area.

Shennong stream is located the northern bank of river in Badong country. It Originally comes from Shennongjia Natural Reserve. It exends 60 kilometers from north to south, zigzagging mountains, gater to Yangzte River at Xixiang gate of Badong.

A section about 20 kilometers between Yinwu Gorge and Longchuan Gorge is for drifting. The landscape on both banks of the river is unique and tranquil, and the water is clear. Drifting fast in speed by taking a small hand-rowing boat at a fast rate of speed, you will find it a thrilling and an exciting experience.The same points of drifting in Shennong Stream and travel the Three Gorges, Lesser Three Gorges are to enjoy the natural beautiful gallery. You would have deep impression of the originality, simple and unsophisticated, natural interest and pour for drifting in Shennong Stream.

You have two routes for your travel. Firstly, you take barge to Dongzaikou of the north county. Then you take bus for one hour and forty minutes for the 46 kilometers distance. You could take off at Yeziba, the middle of the Shennong Stream and walk 400 feet( you also could take sedan chair which called "Hua Hua Jiao") to the bank of the river. After 7.5 kilometers drifting, you go on the bank for lunch. Then you continue your left 5.8 kilometers drifting. At Xixiangkou, you could take barge instead of the wood boat for 9 kilometers and come bake the cruise. Totally it would cost 5 hours.

Secondly, you can take barge from Badong county to Xixiangkou. Then you take wood boat to upsteam. You could see the strong Badong boat trackers who bring the boat throng the mountains. It's very original and primitive scene. After 5.8 sailing, you take it downstream. Totally you would spend 3 hours for the trip.

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