Yangtze River Cruise, China (Oct 2015) – Three Gorges Scenic Area

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Located at Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Scenic Area is a must visit spot along Yangtze River. It is categorized as AAAAA scenic area (the highest level) by the China National Tourism Administration.

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This place is truly beautiful with its natural gorge landscape and unique primitive sights of Ba culture. There are old sailing boats resting at the anchor, fishermen casting their nets in the misty distance, couples courting in the pavilion and etc. It is as if you were in the old Chinese drama series.

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In the Three Gorges Scenic Area, there are three main villages to visit and each of them showcases different lifestyles of the local folks:

a. Village on the Water

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The village is sited at the intersection of the Longjin Stream and Yangtze River. The people here, from generation to generation, are living on the boats and make living by fishing all the year round.

b. The Brook Side Village

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The brook side tribe inhabits along the crystal clear stream and against the dense mountains. Here, you can see local dwelling houses with hanging corns, dry chili peppers and maidens washing clothes beside the  brook in old traditional way.

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You can also see a showcase of Ba tribe’s traditional “cry and marry” wedding ceremony. The purpose of the cry and marry ceremony is for the bride to extend gratitude to her parents and to her brothers and sisters. The bride will cry for days until the wedding day and crying is often included in the singing of special songs. It is also a belief that if the bride does not cry at the time of the wedding, the family won’t make a fortune and will be traditionally sneered at.

c. Village on the Mountain – King Ba Village

King Ba village was built around 2000 years ago when King Ba was forced to retreat to the Three Gorges Scenic Area during the warring states period with Qin.

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i. The Square

At the square of King Ba’s village, you can witness a series of local folks performances: ceremony of Shaman dancing and praying to the God, Ba tribe lady picking up rice pot by using a non-hook wooden stick, fire and knife performance and etc.

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ii. Ancient Street Shops

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iii. King Ba Palace

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iv. Top of the Mountain

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From King Ba Palace, you can climb to the top of the mountain to get a bird’s view of the magnificent Yangtze River.

Yangtze River Cruise, China (Oct 2015) – Introduction

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