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Xiling Gorge

Xiling Gorge with mountains in autumnXiling Gorge is a gorge on the Yangtze River in China. It is located in Zigui County and Yiling District of Hubei Province, from Xiangxi down to the western suburbs of Yichang, nearly 66 km long, it is the largest and furthest downstream of the Three Gorges. It is named after Mt. Xiling. This gorge is full of shoals and rapid currents. The most dangerous shoals are Xietan, Qingtan and Kong Ling, collectively known as the Three Shoals of Xiling. Among all the dangerous shoals, Qingtan Shoal and Kongling Shoal are the most famous.

Qingtan Shoal in Xiling Gorge, stretched between "Tactics Books and Sword Gorge" and "Bull's Liver and Horse's Lung Gorge", including First Shoal, Second Shoal and Third Shoal, runs 1.5 km from west to east. It teems with reefs and heaves with sweeping, boisterous rapids. Sailors call it the "Iron Threshold" to the river. Boats and skiffs shoot downstream like flying arrows and flounder upstream as if scaling a ladder, zigzagging their way both up and down.

Kongling Shoal in Xiling Gorge lies in the Miaohe section. The local people have always said: "Qintan and Xietan are not real shoals compared with Hell Gate of Kongling Shoal. Many other scenic spots composed in Xiling Gorge are Bull's Liver and Horse Lung Gorge, "Tactics Books and Sword Gorge", and "Shadow Play Gorge", "Huangling Temple", "Three Travelers' Cave", "Horse Bell Rock", Mt. Qingshi (Black Lion) in Shipai Town, Three Swords Peak at Nantuo.


Xiling Gorge Tour

Before the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam, Xiling Gorge was known for being the most dangerous of the three gorges to travel through, with frightening whirlpools and strong rapids.