Yangtze Victoria Cruises from Chongqing to Yichang
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Yangtze Victoria Cruises from Chongqing to Yichang

Fengdu "Ghost City"

Yangtze Victoria Cruises from Chongqing to Yichang - Brief Introduction

Except Yangtze Victoria Sophia Cruise, the others Yangtze Victoria Cruises navigate between Chongqing and Yichang all the year. The Yangtze Victoria Cruise will stop at special sight spots along the Yangtze River, and organize visitors to take a shore excursion to enjoy the special scenery and customs in Three Gorges area.

Yangtze Victoria Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang – Shore Excursion

Among the various sight spots along the Yangtze River, Yangtze Victoria Cruises arranged several special sight spots for visitors. When the Yangtze Victoria Cruise stopped at these sight spots, visitors can get off the ship to enjoy the scenery, special custom and delicious foods at these sight spots.

Fengdu Ghost City

Fengdu is the first destination of Yangtze Victoria Cruise from Chongqing. It is river town with a plethora of demon-decorated temples, buildings and statues. It got the moniker "Ghost City" for the fantastic carved facades. Fengdu received its reputation as the "Ghost City" in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Two officials from the imperial court – Wang Fengping and Ying Changsheng were bored with political life in the court and came to Mingshan Hill outside Fengdu City to practice Taoist teachings. Both of them later became immortals by carrying out self-cultivation. The temples built on Mingshan Hill display punishing instruments and wild demon images, which vividly depict the Chinese people's imagination of Hell. On the south bank of the Yangtze, opposite Mingshan Hill, a new town has been established. This modern relocation village has been built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze's rising water brought about by the Three Gorges Dam.

Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam is a must go place in your Three Gorges tourist. It is located at Sandouping in Xiling Gorge. It is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken. The idea of Three Gorges project was first proposed by Sun Yat-sen in 1919, and begun in 1994, the structure was completed in 2006, and is now fully operational. The Three Gorge dam is 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. The dam has raised the river to a level of 175 meters above sea level, creating 600 kilometers long reservoir extending from the dam site all the way to Chongqing. It has submerged approximately 570,000 acres of farmland, 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages, and 657 factories, causing approximately 1.5 million people to be relocated. The estimate for construction of the project is US$70 billion. The building of this huge dam is for the purpose of flood control, generation of electricity, navigation. Victoria's ships sail through its adjacent system of ship locks.

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