Shennv Stream is located at the south of Wu Gorge, about 20km from Wushan County. Originate from Guandu District of Wushan County, Shennv Stream is also called as Beauty Stream by the locals. With an overall length of 15km, Shennv Stream has nearly 10km untraversed primordial gorges. After the water storage of Three Gorges, Shennv Stream started unveil its true face to public. Serene scenery with quiet environment, rapid water flowing through narrow gorges, Shennv Stream still remains its primitive features. On the upstream of Shennv Stream, there is a small village with only dozens of families, where tourists can experience fascinating folk cultures.
The mountain scenery and water scenery in the scenic area of Shennv Stream are extremely stunning. Five gorgeous peaks, Cuiping Peak, Feifeng Peak, Qiyun Peak, Shangsheng Peak and Jingtan Peak are scattered at the two banks of the stream, with Shangsheng Peak at the middle sount bank with the Qiyun Peak at the northwest of Shennv Stream. Cruising along the stream, sunlight is often blocked by the continuous peaks, and the cruise route is full of twists and surprise.
Geomorphologic Landscape: geologic tectonic and crustal motion has caused complicated topography, beautiful mountains, peculiar and standing peaks in Shennv Stream.
Astronomical Landscape: Shennv Stream is located in subtropical humid zone, with distinct four seasons. Vertical distribution of climate caused by featured topography has formed various unique climatic landscapes.
Waterscape: water is the soul to natural scenery. The water in Shennv Stream is azure and clear, winding among various peaks and reflecting the beauty the all lush forests, forming the most unique river scenery on Yangtze River.
From the late autumn to early winter (mid-November to early January), Three Gorges has been reddened by mountains of mountains red leaves. While Wushan has the largest and most beautiful red leaves in Three Gorges. At present, Wushan has over 200 varieties of trees will turn to red in autumn; with different shapes and different red, tourists can appreciate the most various beauty of the red leaves. Walking into Wushan, it's just like walking into a magnificent scroll of red leaves. Shennv Stream is one of the best place to watch red leaves in Wushan. Take the little cruising boat in Shennv Stream, clear stream flows into the serene gorges; on the two sides of the stream, standing peaks are covered by rosy-cloud-like red leaves, just like a long silk ribbon tie on the mountains.
Shennv Stream is located at Wu Gorge, and tourists who take Yangtze River Cruises will make an excursion to Shennv Stream. The cruise ship will pull over at Wushan Pier, then tourists can transfer to small wooden ship to tour Shennv Stream. Since the stream is rather narrow, so the cruise ship can't sail in it. The small wooden ship is the only available boat in Shennv Stream.
For other tourists, they need to get to Wushan Pier first, then transfer to the small wooden ship. There are several ways to get to Wushan Pier:
1. take trains from Chhengdu to Wanzhou, about 2.5 hours, then transfer to speed boat to Wushan Pier, about 3 hours.
2. take long distance bus from Chongqing North Bus Station or Chongqing Chaotianmen Bus Station to Wanzhou, about 2.5 hours, then transfer to speed boat to Wushan Pier, about 3 hours.
3. take speed boat at Chongqing Chaotianmen Pier and you will get to Wushan Pier in 10 hours.
From Wushan County, tourists can take boat to Qingshi Town,. Qingshi Town is the best place to see Shennv Peak, and it's also the confluence of Shennv Stream and Yangtze River. Tourists can take the small wooden ship from Qingshi Town.
Tips: the cruise ship in Shennv Stream will sail to a platform, where tourists can watch some local performance and purchase some specialties, then sail back to Wusha Pier. One way sailing time is about 1 hour, and the performance time is about half an hour.
The best time to visit Shennv Stream is spring and autumn, for the weather during this time is the most beautiful and cozy of the year. Spring is the best time to see flowery mountains in Shennv Stream, while late autumn to early winter has the stunning red leaves all over the mountains. Besides, these time, summer, in fact, is also a good time to visit. Shennv Stream has narrower gorges than Three Gorges, and the temperature is lower than Three Gorges, so in summer, Shennv Stream is a good place to escape summer heat.
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