Shennong Stream (Chinese: 神农溪, Shennong Xi) is a left tributary of the Yangtze River, located in the Hubei Province of central China. Fed by tributaries some of which come from the Shennongjia Forestry District, the stream flows south, falling into the Yangtze opposite the city of Badong.

Originally the Shennong Stream watercourse consisted of a wild river traversing a tortuous alignment flanked by almost vertical limestone cliffs; however, since the beginning of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam downstream on the Yangtze, the water level has risen approximately 155 metres at the mouth of Shennong Stream (Jin, 2006). The lower reaches of the Shennong Stream are presently a torpidly flowing river, most of whose previously scenic vertical gorge is now submerged. By the completion of the dam construction in 2009, a further 20 metres of gorge will be inundated.

Measuring a length of 60 kilometers, the Shennong Stream flows through three gorges with different charming scenery. The three gorges are Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge.
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  • We had an opportunity to take this excursion on our Yangtze River Cruise. Take it! One gets to see the delicate natural beauty of a Yangtze Tributary. I did not realize that most of the cruise...  more »
  • We transferred from our boat to a smaller boat to go down the Shennong stream. Lovely scenery, you can see hanging coffins in the cliffs. Great trip.  more »

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