Sanyou Cave that is in the sheer cliff at the northern side of
Xiling Gorge that is about 10 kilometers or about 6 miles away from
Yichang City offers possibly the best cave scenery in the Three
Gorges area. For centuries since the Tang Dynasty, poets have come
here to see the scenery and leave poetic inscriptions. Through
natural erosion and human destruction, a lot the the inscriptions
in the cave and around it have been destroyed. But it is still a
highlight to see in the Three Gorges area for the scenery and the
ancient inscriptions that are still left. Highlights at the sight
are seeing the cave itself, seeing the scenery, walking up the path
from the cave to the Zhixin Pavilion, and the ancient
inscriptions.China Highlights is your China travel expert( see why
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Sanyou Cave and other attractions in the Yangtze Gorges area.
Sanyou Cave (三游洞) means "Cave of the Three Travelers," and the cave
was so named because three Tang Dynasty (618-907) poets and
officials named Baijuyi, Baixingjian and Yuanzhen are believed to
have visited it. Not only they, but many other poets and famous
people came to the cave and left inscriptions.
The cave is about 30 meters long, 23 meters wide and 9 meters high.
It was formed by natural erosion, and stalagmites separate the cave
into two chambers. The bigger chamber in front is where there are
40 inscriptions remaining. Ou Yangxiu who was a great Song era
(960-1279) literati left an inscription there.
On the flat rock faces are inscriptions left by some of the
numerous ancient visitors over a long period of time. The themes of
the inscriptions are much pretty the same. They praise the
fantastic cave scenery. The form of the inscriptions vary. This is
a result of the changes in Chinese language during the various eras
and the differences in individual styles. You can see examples of
various styles such as Chinese regular script, clerical script,
seal characters, running script, and cursive hand.
A small path leads from the cave entrance up to the Zhixin
Pavilion. There travelers can gain view of the majestic scenery of
the mighty Yangtze River twisting among the mountains.
Ticket Price: about 48 RMB or about 7 or 8 dollars.
Travel: You can take Bus No. 10 at Yichang’s Yuanjiang Avenue (沿江大道) Bus
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