The Yangtze River Cruise, carrying the foreign attendees for Chongqing Global Travel Agents Conference 2019, arrived at Baidi City on the morning of Nov. 12. Baidi City is located on the East Baidi Mountain in Fengjie County of Chongqing, by the north bank of the Yangtze River at Qutang Gorge.
After climbing mountain stairs, the travel agents group reached the gate of Baidi City, meaning White Emperor, where they heard about the legends lingering around the grand mountains and rivers for thousands of years.
Baidi City is a famous tourist attraction of the Three Gorges. It boasts the style of Mount Tai and the grotesque rock formations of the Rabbit Ridge. It was initially named Ziyang City, built by Gongsun Shu, who set up a separatist regime in the Shu region in the Late Western Han Dynasty (206BC—24AD). He claimed himself “King of Baidi,” and denominated here as “Baidi City.” From Baidi City, one can have a spectacular view of the landscape that appears on China’s RMB – Kuimen.
In Baidi City, there also displays the mysterious Cliff Coffins. Cliff-burial is a unique burial, through which the ancient people placed the coffins into secluded and inaccessible steep precipices. The coffins, most of which are made out of a single-log, are typically rectangular, and a few of them are in the shape of a boat. The cliff burial in China may have relations with some ethnic minority groups in ancient times. The cliff-coffins in the Three Gorges are mainly found on the steep precipices and cliffs along the Qutang Gorge, the Wu Gorge, the Xiling Gorge, the Tiankeng-Difeng Scenery Site and the Shennong Stream.
Jon Miksis, a popular tourism blogger from Boston, USA, told iChongqing that the Three Gorges tour impressed him a lot. He said, “It’s interesting to learn about the Yangtze river about not only its cultural and historical impacts but also its economic impacts to Chinese people going thousands of years back. On top of that, it’s the remarkable nature you have here. I’m very happy to see the three Gorges today.”
Among the group, Ditlev Tamm, the director of the Danish fund for cultural exchanges with China, visited the Three Gorges over 20 years ago. This is the second time he came to the tour. He said, “I love culture and history, and I really like here. Chongqing has changed a lot. The whole area also changed. I hope we can do some cultural exchanges with Chongqing and with this area.”
In the afternoon, the passengers changed to a smaller boat to tour around the Small Three Gorges. The whole section is full of strange peaks and grotesque rocks, just like a zigzag art gallery.
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