Located in the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir Area through which Yangtze Cruise ships pass, Wushan has been visited by numerous poets who wrote works praising its scenery. It is not only the cradle of Daxi Culture and Bachu Culture but also that of Goddess Culture and Wu Culture. Of the counties of the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, Wushan has the most cultural relics and historic sites, over 40 historic sites and one thousand rare cultural relics in all.
As the eastern gate of Chongqing, it has a long history and abounds with rich resources. During the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 BC-221 BC), it was a shire of Chu State and in Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC- 220 AD) its name was changed to Wu County. Of the cultural relics in this county, the Ancient Plank Road and the Suspended Coffins are well-known. Longgupo Pithecanthrope Site, is the site of fossils of one of the earliest human beings - Wushan Man. About two million years ago, they lived in this region. Daxi Town, where the Neolithic Site is located, has 5,000 years of history and is home to the famous Daxi Culture. This area also contains the Ancient Town of Dachang (1368 - 1644), well-preserved Han Tombs, one of the Yangtze's ancient Tang Dynasty temples and Luyou Cave.
Besides boasting a long history, Wushan takes pride in its natural scenery. As Wushan traverses the whole part of Wu Gorge and most of Qutang Gorge, it combines many landscapes of the two gorges of Yangtze River. Among these are the twelve peaks of Wushan along the two banks of Wu Gorge. The Goddess Peak is the most prominent and has many beautiful legends. Near Wushan are the Three Little Gorges of Daning River. Because of its unique beauty and dangers shoals, it has been visited by numerous tourists and celebrities and praised as one of the marvelous spectacles of China. Yangtze River cruise ships usually stop here to give visitors a chance of drifting along the Three Little Gorges. Tourists walking in the Fairy Peak can imagine the stories of past time of thousand years.
If you are interested in Chinese legend, you won't miss Fairy Peak. There are lots of art works such as poems displaying in the area of Fairy Peak. The art works are representatives of the Chinese history and culture, which shows the unique culture of Fairy Peak. The name of fairy has been mentioned many times in Chinese classic articles. The scenic spot of Fairy Peak is close to the scenic spot of Fairy Stream. With the different sceneries the Fairy Peak attracts people of the mountain hiking and the sightseeing of red autumnal leaves of the whole mountain, while the Fairy Steam attracts people of the natural landscape of the high mountains and long valleys and the cultural landscape of light magic show.
Since the instigation of the Three Gorges Dam Project, a new, more charming, scene has been appeared here. Don't miss Wushan and its scenery while cruising along the gorgeous Yangtze River.