Tiěxī Gorge

Gorge in Zhenyuan

A trip to the pleasant Tiěxī Gorge (铁溪) offers the chance to plunge along rocky trails shaded by overhanging trees. Don't miss the Dragon Pool (龙潭; Lóngtán) and Jīguān Mountain (鸡冠岭; Jīguān Lǐng). Food vendors are scattered along the 2½-hour walk to the mountain, ensuring you won't go hungry.

Get here by buggy (¥6, 20 minutes) from the western end of Zhùshèng Bridge in Zhènyuǎn; vehicles depart when full. This is an excellent, intimate alternative to the Three Gorges.