Small Three Gorges in Wushan

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The Small Three Gorges is an off shoot of the famous Yangtze River Three Gorges, set on the Daning River (大宁河), a tributary of the Yangtze. The Small Three Gorges tourist route runs upstream from Wushan city, northward to Dacheng ancient town. The Daning River splits from the Yangtze just after the Wu Gorge of the Three Gorges. The gorges are:

  • The Dragons Gate - This Gorge is almost 3 kilometres long, from Wu Gorge to Yinwo Tan.
  • Misty Gorge - Also know as the Iron Coffin Gorge. This Gorge is 9 kilometres long. On the cliffs above the river hangs a black coffin, know as the Iron Coffin. The rocks on either side of the gorge are distinctive, making many paterns.
  • The Emeral Gorge is the longest of the Small Three Gorges at about 19 kilometres.

Six miles upstream, the Small Three Gorges ends at Dachang Ancient Town. This town has a history of over 1,700 yeas. It is the largest town on the Daning River.

Map showing location of Small Three Gorges in Wushan

Above: Location of Small Three Gorges in Wushan in Chongqing, Chongqing, China