The word “Yanzhanggua” is transliterated from Tibetan, meaning “a smoky place “. It is the first grand gorge on the Yangtze River and named by Yao Maoshu, the first Chinese explorer who drifted along the Yangtze River and died in Jinsha River because of hitting a rock.
The first Snow Leopard Cultural Festival and the opening Ceremony of the “First Gorge of the Yangtze River” were held in Cuochi Village, which located next to the gorge on 3rd, July 2016. According to Tibetan customs, a lha bsang（burn aromatic plant）ceremony would be held in the morning before the ceremony. The following is the panorama of the event.