The wooden sampan boats (sometimes called “pea pod” boats) that ferry passengers along the stream are operated by Tujia boatmen who are familiar with the narrow riverbed and hazardous shoals along the route. Should the sampan get caught on a sandbar, the boat’s crew of six trackers hop out and tow the boat from the shore with long ropes in the same way they’ve been doing it for centuries.
The stream meanders through four natural gorges blanketed in thick vegetation and past karst caves, cascading waterfalls and sheer cliff faces. Unlike the noisy boat traffic of the Yangtze, the peaceful silence along the Shennong Stream is only broken by the sounds of boatmen singing back and forth as they work, along with birds chirping and monkeys calling from the banks.
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This four-day river cruise will show you the best of what China’s Yangtze River has to offer. Leave your troubles behind and relax on a sightseeing cruise ... Read more
Yangtze River, China
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights