"Traveling up the rapids of the Yangzi is more difficult than climbing to heaven," said Du Fu in the eighth century. Despite the legendary difficulties of navigation, the river's magnificent Three Gorges have attracted tourists for their grandeur and beauty. In this book, each of the Three Gorges comes to life in a dramatic juxtaposition of the bustling human activity on China's busiest waterway and, soaring high above, breathtaking views of natural monuments that have inspired travelers and artists for millennia.
The Close-Up series is the very first of its kind to give you a fascinating, concise introduction to individual aspects of China and its peoples, past and present. Each topic is presented by chosen experts in their fields who write with brevity for the intelligent reader. Illuminating text is supported by the work of international photographers and with maps and diagrams to give a picture that satisfies curiosity and encourages further reading.