Jay Cochrane took me to Fengjie in 1995 while he set up and skywalked above the Yangtze River in Qutang Gorge.

Travelling to the interior of China was eye opening. Soon after we left, the city of Fengjie was relocated brick by brick from the riverbank to higher up the mountain. The Three Gorges Dam covered the old city with a new lake and filled Qutang Gorge.

The natural beauty was grandiose. The letters on the gorge wall are ancient, naming the gorge, and were covered by water after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam. The Chalk Wall, several hundred meters wide and several dozen meters high, is a canvas completely covered with carved inscriptions dating from as far back as the Song Dynasty, 1,000 years ago. Two characters named "Qutang Gorge" were carved by Zhang Boxiang of the Qing Dynasty over 400 years ago, each measuring 1.70 meters in width. 

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