Xiling Gorge extends from Badong County in the west to the Nanjin Pass in Yichang in the east, about 66 km long. It is the longest of the Three Gorges.
Xiling Gorge is full of shoals and rapid currents. The most dangerous shoals are Xietan, Qingtan and Kong Ling, collectively known as the Three Shoals of Xiling. Among all the dangerous shoals, Qingtan Shoal and Kongling Shoal are the most famous.
Qingtan Shoal, stretched between “Tactics Books and Sword Gorge” and “Bull’s Liver and Horse’s Lung Gorge”, including First Shoal, Second Shoal and Third Shoal, runs 1.5 km from west to east, teeming with reefs and convulsed with sweeping, boisterous rapids.
Kongling Shoal lies in the Miaohe section. The local people have always said: “Qintan and Xietan are not real shoals compared with Hell Gate of Kongling Shoal.
Many other scenic spots composed in Xiling Gorge, Bull’s Liver and Horse Lung Gorge, “Tactics Books and Sword Gorge”, and “Shadow Play Gorge”, “Huangling Temple”, “Three Travelers’ Cave”, “Horse Bell Rock”, Mt. Qingshi (Black Lion) in Shipai Town, Three Swords Peak at Nantuo.