A more tranquil location is the Shennong Stream. One of the first things you will notice is the beautiful emerald green water, very different to the Yangtze's earthy tones that you will have become accustomed to. Along the tributary are signs of ancient Chinese civilization, including caves, plank roads built along cliffs and ancient hanging coffins which date back over 2,000 years.
After transferring to a longboat (sampan), you will head into the tributary for an enriching experience. Your sampan captain will steer the boat, and three to four boat trackers from the Tujia ethnic minority group will navigate through the shallows. Magical moments unfold when the Tujia share their culture and stories with you, usually through folk songs. The blend of the narrow gorges, peaceful surroundings and songs will give you goosebumps.