Yichang is another ancient city (>2000 years old) and considered the gateway
to the fertile plains of Szechuan Province. In ancient times, the populations in
Szechuan were continually decimated (by themselves) fighting over the fertile
land, and so the province was repopulated from other parts of China by passage
along the Yangtze River through this city.
Dining in a cave, across the street from the Cave of the Three Sages, near Yichang, China. March, 2008
Some of these were natural caves in the porous limestone that have
been enlarged by human labour. Cliffside paths have been carved in the limestone to link the caves (Three Sages),
or concrete supports have been poured to link them (Restaurant). This restaurant which gives a view of Bungee Jumping across the gorge and of the gorge itself,
serves interesting local "wild" food, such as this dish with some local
roots (plus sweet potato, potato, and two types of corn), some
local herbs with spicey peppers, and a
interesting dish made from
blue-green algae that tastes very similar to seaweed.