Wu Gorge is one among the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River and is one of famous tourist attraction. It is spread over 25 miles and starts from the estuary of the Daning River from the East of Wushan and ends at Guandukou in Badong of Hubei Province.
It is also called as Da Xia or Large Gorge and comprised of Silver Armor Gorge or Jinkui yinjia, Golden Helmet and Iron Coffin Gorge. With strange peaks, fog and clouds, grotesque rocks surrounding the gorge, makes it notable. Daily period of sunlight is very short here due to long and deep canyons impeding the dispersal of air borne moisture within the Gorge. It also creates clouds and fog in several fantastic shapes which looks wonderful.
There are twelve peaks on the each bank along the Wu Gorge. This make the scene of the Wu Gorge most prominent. There are several legends associated with these twelve peaks. Six peaks which lie to the northern banks are Climbing Dragon or Denglong peak, Sage spring or Shengquan Peak, Facing clouds or Xhaoyun Peak, Godess or Shennu Peak, Fir Tree Cone or Songluan Peak, Congregated Peak or Jixian Peak, Misty Screen or Cuping Peak, Assembled Cranes or Juhe Peak, Clean Altar or Jingtan Peak, Rising Cloud or Qiyun Peak and Rising or Shangsheng Peak. The last among these three are not at the riverside and the Goddess peak is highest among all and most notable as it is the first peak that welcomes the glow of sun and say farewell when it is dawn.
Daning River flows to the Yangtze River from the wester of the Wu Gorge. It is the largest tributary of Yangtze River. There are three little Gorges located at the lower reach of the Daning River and a worth visit for the tourists. You can see the historic relics like the ancient plank roads, boat coffins and suspended coffins while drifting along the Three Little Gorges.