Along the Lesser Three Gorges (Xiao Sanxia). Xiao Sanxia
is a detour from the main river. As you go into these
gorges, the water turns from the mucky brown of the
Yangtze into a beautiful emerald green.
Xiao Sanxia are much smaller than the Three Gorges.
But what they lack in grandeur they make up in
intimacy. The narrower passages provide more
drama. The contrast has been enhanced by the rising
waters of the Yantze. The Three Gorges are wider
than ever, and though Xiao Sanxia have seen the
same rise of the water level, the impact seems
less noticeable because you look at the two different
sets of gorges differently. For the Three Gorges, you
sort of survey the scene from afar and you can really
notice the widening of the gorges. For Xiao Sanxia, you
are so close to the sides of the gorges that the
changes in height and width are less pronounced.