Shennongxi is sourced from the peak of Shennongjia, passing through county Badong of province Hubei, winding across deep valley from north to south, reaching Yangtze river from eastside of Wuxia. Shennongxi is a typical valley stream, with packed peaks along two banks, steep cliffs, stream colliding in the Knife-sharpened bank wall, snake-shaped water route, quick streams including dangerous-beach, long-beach, bend-beach, shallow-beach over 60 spots. The route is though narrow and quick, the water is clear and shallow. Drifting is both exciting and safe. Shennongxi passes around three canyons inchluding Mianzhu canyon, Yingwu canyon, longchang canyon which have different pictures. Along two banks there is pretty scenery of many spacious rooms with the narrowest gap only 7-meter. When shipping along the banks, it is similar to the ship winding across narrow lanes and gates and hundreds of meters peaks facing forward and almost unseen the water lane ahead.
Of steep Mianzhu Canyon, there are many karst caves all over the unclimbed cliff, the huge stalactites hang upside-down, the river bank is narrow but with big drop, over 30 big and small dangerous beaches are along 4-meter shipping route. While drifting by ship, all is depended on the skill of shipmen, though heart jumps, the result is exciting and safe. Yingwu Canyon is the most beautiful of the three canyon, two banks are covered with hanging greens, lush green all four-seasons, infiltrated drop water, flying waterfalls and floating spring, and repeated wonders. There is one section of Canyon, regardless cold winter and horrid summer, blooming all over flowers, thus got the name “Nianhuatan”; there is another place with nine branches of water, so many branches of water grow out of the springs with clear, unclear and hybrid color, thus got the name “three color spring”. The last canyon of shennongxi is longchang canyon. The canyon has a gap of no more than 20-meters with two bank walls stationed in the water, everlasting and winding across over 5000 meters, magnificent as the Kui gate of Qutang Canyon. Visitors can see scenery made by human being along the route such as cliff coffin and plank road. From the steep cliff to eastside of Canyon above water 150 meter, there are many small caves stationed with coffin inside, clearly seen by eyes.
Shennongxi is named as unpolluted natural stream with clear and blue water. It is so clear, except three-color spring, unseen any turbid water. Five-colored rocks are all over bottom of stream, similar to flower. In the quick water, it is similar to snow and fog, and the ship is the same as flying; in the slow water, it is as quiet as a lake, covered with lush greens and floating ship; in the shallow beach, the water is not so high as knee, the ship bottom rub with stone in the bottom stream, sounding, and the boat is pull by human being. Boat of Shennongxi has the shape of half pea pod, thus got the name by the local as “Pea Pod” which is small and light, and made by hard “Hualimu”, with big Buoyancy force above shallow water, able to ship above shallow beach of not so high as knees. Pea Pod is shipped by men power, every ship needs six men, men driving ship is the biggest wonder of Shennongxi. Shennongxi has quick water and shallow beach, the boat men almost do not have any room to stay, all depends on towing by boatmen in the water, the first of the team is named as “touqian” and the last one the team is named as “Jiazhang”, both call loudly and shakes whole valley, meanwhile the other boatmen agree with loud sound too, force with sound out, pull the boat into the beach. When the boat go into water, in zigzag shape, calash in every direction, captain control direction of ship manually, the ship is flying in the quick water and the hearts of passengers are the same as a jumping drum.
Shennongxi pass through two small villages of Tu. It is a Shangri-La village hidden inside Bamboo, banana leaf, orange forest, Chinese tallow tree. With quiet stream, colorful stone covering beach, visitors can take a rest in the stilts or swim, pick up stone and visit ancient aboriginal stone mill and water mill meanwhile watch the rural Bashan dance, folk song, taste corn wine and local food of Tu.
All four seasons is fit for drifting above Shennongxi which provides enough water. Shennong spring sources from Jigongshan, west of main peak of Shennongjia which is not impacted by dry season. The spring spew out of the gaster of Jigongshan, take the road and go, is a waterfalls of three-thousand feet regarded as the Milky Way falling down nine days which is the first wonder in the world.
All scenery is coved by lushly green. Flower bloom with pleasant smell, while monks play around too, and the swallow fly across the cliffs too. Along two banks there are 60 karst caves and 30 dangerous beaches. There is one saying “ One mile has three bends, and every bend has beach”. Shennongjia bear special tourist landscape of clear-bottom water, blue deep-pond, flying waterfall, hanging coffin and plank road, aboriginal boat and village life.
All scenery is coved by lushly green. Flower bloom with pleasant smell, while monkeys play around too, and the swallows fly across the cliffs too. Along two banks there are 60 karst caves and 30 dangerous beaches. There is one saying “ One mile has three bends, and every bend has beach”. Shennongjia bear special tourist landscape of clear-bottom water, blue deep-pond, flying waterfall, hanging coffin and plank road, aboriginal boat and village life.
Shennongxi has subtropical monsoon climate. As latitude increase, there is a change of warm zone, mid -temperate zone, and cold zone too. The lowest temperature is -21℃ and highest temperature is 38.5℃.
Important scenery site:
Regarding Shennong cave, it is said the ancestor of Chinese, Shengnongshi emperor Yandi, tried hundreds of herbs along the Shennong stream, climbed up the mountain by the wooden ladder, found herbs for curing people. He reached Lianzai Rock and found the cave, then moved to cave for residing. Along the stream, he picks up herbs until reach to Shennongjia. In order to memorize Shengnongshi emperor Yandi, then named the cave as “Shennongdong”. There are flowing water, clear wind, steep stalagmite, and colorful milky flower in the cave.
Old Plank road
On cliff of the first dock of rubber boat drifting, there are continuous 60-inches deep rectangular hole. This was the relic for plank road. This plank road lies in the same line with the ancient plank road of Yingwu and Longchang canyon. There is not a fixed answer on when and why build the plank road.
Shennong hot spring.
Shennong hot spring sourced from a rock cave with burning water of 34 c four seasons all year. In fairy tales, ancient Shennong Emperor Yandi picked up herbs, he once used the warm water for bath. The hot spring water once cured many illness. Thus it is named as “shenquan” and “shenshui”. Washing body with hot spring has good result in curing skin disease and arthritis. In modern science, hot spring can cure illness mainly because of the physical result of temperature, pressure and buoyance; biochemical result of mineral water and comprehensive result of radioelement. This is the special function of hot spring. Lie in the warm spring, transmit heat into body, after bath, take relaxation. Hot spring bath is a must-go experience for you.
There is a fairy tale of Shibanping. There are two ethnics along two banks of the river. The two ethnics are connected by the chain bridge. (visitor can experience stepping across by chain bridge). But according to the regulations made by the two ethnics: for the young lovers from each ethnics, the women and men are not able to fall in love, get married, if anyone against the policy, who will be drowned to death by water. This regulation last many years, no one dare to challenge it. One day, a young man and woman went to the fair, met and fell into love. They often date on the top of the mountain and proposed to each other.
One day, the leaders of the two ethnics found their secret. Gathered all residence and punished the young couple. They were tied together with one rope and threw away to the river. The beloved couple was drowned to death.
After few days, on the spot of the young couple was thrown away, there grew out of two trees. People said, they cannot be couple alive and turn into male and female as couple after death. Thus the tree of wife and husband got the name. The female tree grew fruits, while the male tree doesn’t grow fruits. Right now, the couple’s tree is 20-meter high, similar to a table. Opposite to the top of mountain, there gown out of a “golden people”. “The golden people” faces “the golden table”, symbolize the sincere love between young man and woman. Thus is the origin of name of Shibanping.