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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Lesser Three Gorges, Chongqing
The Daning river, a tributary river of the Yangtze, passes through a set of gorges referred to as "Lesser Three Gorges". The scenery of Lesser Three Gorges is even more spectacular than the one of the main Three Gorges, probably because the water levels of the Yangtze have already risen by about 100-150m making Yangtze River wider and more peaceful. while the mountains surrounding the Daning river are probably higher and the river narrower.

The Three Lesser Gorges refers to "Dragon- Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Dicui Gorge" and are accessed by boat from Wushan. These Three gorges, with an area of 160 hectares of forest, lie on the lower reaches of Daning, extending from the entrance of the Dragon-Gate Gorge in the South to Tujiaba in the North for 50km.

Sheer Cliffs and steep mountains rise on either side, creating one of natural fine arts gallery as natural scenic wonders unfold on both banks of the river. Its "subtle mountains, clear waters, pretty rocks, dangerous rapids, sharp turns, fantastic caves, and stalactites in various shapes" characterize the natural landscape in the Lesser Three Gorges. Monkeys, mandarin ducks, water birds and fish can be seen in this area.

In addition to the continuous natural scenery there are a number of historical places of interest along the way, such as suspending coffin, boat coffin, remains of ancient plank walkway. The area has been made as one of the key nature reserves in China and is becoming known as a tourist attraction continuing to offer its charms along the golden Yangtze Gorges Travel Line.

Dragon-Gate Gorge, 3km long, is the shortest one of the three, stretching from the Dragon-Gate Bridge to the Rapids of Silver Nest. It is spectacular due to the mountains on both sides that are so high that they seem to touch the sky. In the gorge, there are the remains of the longest ancient plank walkway in China and a number of scenic sights, such as the Dragon-Gate Spring, Gate Guarded by Lion, Nine Dragon Pillar, and so on.

Misty Gorge, 10km long, start at the Tortoise Shoal and ends at the Double-Dragon Town. Stalactites in numerous shapes and various sculptured groups have formed on both banks of the river. A good imagination is all your need to enjoy the sights and perhaps discover a few of your own.

Emerald Gorge extends for 20km from the Double-Dragon to Tujiaba. It is the longest and also gathers the beauty of the lesser Three Gorges.On the banks, each peak seems more beautiful than the other does and the bamboo groves are luxuriantly verdant. No waterfall in not swift; no water is not green. Mandarin ducks swim in pairs in the river and monkeys leap from branch to branch. Other scenic spots include the Water Curtain Cave, Stalactite Buddha on Cliff, the DANCING Rain from Heavenly Spring, Sheep Cliff, the Mini-Three Gorges on Madu River, and so on.

You will find a cordial reception both in the natural scenery and in warm local people. Welcome you, tourists of the entire world over, to one of the Forty Top Tourist Attractions of China-the Lesser Three Gorges in Wushan.
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