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Wu Gorge extends 40 kilometers from the mouth of Daning River of Wushan Mountain in the west to Guandukou of Badong in the east. The Wu Gorge is gifted with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges. It's deep and serene with changeable weather. The rolling River twists and turns and boats zigzag their way along, as if cruising in a fantastic gallery. The twelve peaks of Wushan Mountain all rise to the blue sky. They are endowed with various fascinating shapes. Among them, the most fabulous is the Peak of Goddess. It pierces through the heaven, and towers over the Yangtze River. A protruding rock of the Peak has the shape of a slim girl shrouded in clouds and mist faintly visible as if clad in fine gauze dress, looking attractive and exuding tenderness and love.
In this gorge the zigzagging course of the river is sometimes obstructed by rocks, but the everchanging scenery is delightful. This gorge is flanked by oddly shaped mountain peaks, many of which are connected with beautiful legends.
One of these is Fairy Peak (Shennvfeng), which looks like the silhouette of a beautiful nymph veiled in clouds. According to the legend, the nymph's name was Yao Ji, the twenty-third daughter of the Queen Mother of the West. Out of sympathy for the boatmen who had to navigate the dangerous gorge, she decided to come and help them dredge the river. She stood by the river day and night until she finally turned into a peak. A temple was built on the hillside in memory of this kindhearted nymph.
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