Not long ago, I had a chance to take a boat tour on the Yangtze River and downstream to Yichang Three Gorges Dam from Chongqing.
I did not expect after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, "gorges" scene can be so spectacular, artificial lake stretching 650 kilometers from Chongqing to Yichang, clear water matched landscape. Besides, this section of the Yangtze River water is very clear. The most important is that the night of Yangtze River is so beautiful.
Next, let’s talk about the night of Yangtze River.
There are many Tang and Song poems describing the scenery of Yangtze River. But it seems that there is on poem exactly describing the night of Yangtze River.
I sat on the deck of the six floor of a ship which sailed from Chongqing, watching at the sunset, the nigh fell on the mountain city, the blinking neon lanterns on both sides of the river, the swaying boats decorated with red and green lanterns, and the illuminated the bright lights of water waves ripples, as if to be in a dream.
The ship passed by Wanzhou, Fengjie, Wushan, and entered Hubei Province, passing by Badong, Zigui and Yichang City, the ship sailed with beautiful scenery all the way, and even a township has colorful river bank lights. Sometimes, I could see the residents drinking tea, playing cards and mahjong in the taverns and teahouses by the shore, a scene of peacefulness.
I sat on the deck, photographed from sunset until late at night, recording this beautiful night view, the beautiful lights, the changing times, and the good life.
The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of China and its river basin is home to one-third of the PRC's population.
The Yangtze River flows through a wide array of ecosystems and is itself habitat to several endemic and endangered species including the Chinese alligator and the Yangtze sturgeon. For thousands of years, man has used the river for water, irrigation, sanitation, transportation, industry, boundary-marking and war. The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the largest hydro-electric power station in the world.