Often shrouded in mist, the cliffs along the river extend thousands of feet in the air. Karst caves along the cliffs hold one of the river’s most famous and mysterious relics: the suspended coffins of the ancient Bo minority group.
Archeologists don’t know how the wooden coffins were placed into the caves, some more than 1,000 feet (305 kilometers) above the river, but they suspect the action of placing the coffins so high was auspicious and a mark of respect for the dead. Since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, the water level in the river has risen substantially, making it easier to spot the remaining coffins high up in the cliffs.
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