Mingyue Gorge

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: June 7, 2021
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Mingyue Gorge [Photo/swglj.cngy.gov.cn]

Mingyue Gorge, or Bright Moon Gorge, is a national AAAA tourist attraction. It is the strategic gateway of the ancient Shu Road (Jinniu Road), the major traffic passage connecting Sichuan and Shaanxi, and the starting point of the national historic and scenic site Jianmen Shu Road. 

In 1991, Mingyue Gorge was approved as a key cultural relic protection unit in Sichuan province, and in 2002 it was approved as a science popularization education base in Sichuan. 

The gorge is 2 kilometers long in total and almost 100 meters wide. Between the perpendicular cliffs at both sides with a perpendicular height of about 300 m, the Jialing River rushes passionately.

From ancient times to today the gorges have integrated the six functions of plank road, post road, dangerously narrow hill path for boat trackers, water channel, highway and railway. This is rare not only domestically but also around the world, so the gorge deserves its reputation as "the traffic history museum of China". 

The scene, "Setting Fire to the Plank Road" in the TV play, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms was shot there.

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