Kui Gate, Yangtze River, China
Saturday 6th July 2008
On Thursday afternoon we left Yangshou and headed back to Guilin to catch an overnight train to Wuhan. Then, around 7.30am, we took a 5hr bus journey to Yichang. The passenger boat on the Yangze river was a further 1 ½ hours drive away.
At 6,300km the Yangze River is the third longest in the world after the Nile and Amazon. It cuts through the heart of China and is regarded by the Chinese as marking the division of their country into north and south both geographically and culturally. It has a tendency flood roughly once a decade causing massive death and destruction and so conquering the river has become a symbol of limitless power in China.
The Kui Gate, also named Qutang Pass, is the gateway from the Sichuan basin to the Three Gorges at the Yangtze River with high mountains towering on both banks. On the cliff are engraved five characters (Kui Gate, the Grandest of All). The gate is so named because Fengjie County was named Kuizhou in ancient times, for which the Qutang Gorge is also called "Kui Gorge". Here, the Yangtze River overwhelmingly rushes through the gate to the east.
It is one of the most famous sights in China and even makes an appearance on their currency! This shot was taken from a passenger ship looking back as I had passed through it.