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  Another feature was boats large and small, and junks, some
  laboriously tracked or rowed like my own, when the wind failed,
  against the powerful stream, or descending, keeping the
  necessary steerage headway by crowds of standing men on the low
  deck, facing forwards, vigorously working great sweeps or
  yulows, five or ten at each, the gorge echoing all along its
  length to the rise and fall of the wild chants to which the
  rowers keep time and which are only endurable when softened by
  distance. After some hours of this region of magic and mystery,
  near sunset we emerged into open water, with broken picturesque
  shores, and at dusk tied up in a pebbly bay with glorious views
  of mountain and woodland, not far from the beautiful village of
  Nan-to, and the "needle" or "pillar" of heaven, well known
  to the dwellers in Ichang. The Ichang gorge is about twelve
  miles long; the Niu-kan, grander yet, about three; the Mitan
  about three and a half; the Wushan about twenty; and the
  Feng-hsiang, or "Wind Box," the last of the great gorges,
  about four. These are the great gorges.
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<p>With a strong, fair wind our sail was set; the creak and swish
  of the oars was exchanged for the low music of the river as it
  parted under our prow; and the deep water (from fifty to a
  hundred feet), of a striking bottle-green colour, was unbroken
  by a swirl or ripple, and slid past in a grand, full volume.
  The stillness was profound, enlivened only as some big junk
  with lowered mast glided past us at great speed, the fifty or
  sixty

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          "Entrance to Ichang Gorge."
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  men at the sweeps raising a wild chant in keeping with the
  scene. Scuds of snow, wild, white clouds whirling round
  pinnacles, and desolate snow-clothed mountains, apparently
  blocking further progress, added to the enchantment.
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