Sanmenxia lies at the junction of Henan, Shanxi, and Shaanxi Provinces. Legend has it that during his flood control efforts, the mythical Emperor Yu split the mountains with his divine axe into three gorges named "Renmen", "Shenmen", and "Guimen", giving Sanmenxia its name.

Here, ancient Chinese civilization meets southern lakes and mountains and northern glacial beauty. Every winter through early spring, Sanmenxia greets migrating Siberian white swans, attracting flocks of tourists.

Visitors can admire Sanmenxia's pristine natural landscapes, like Mount Sanmen's emerald forests and the churning Yellow River below. They can also explore sites of historical significance, including the Water Mosque and Dragon King Temple.

The harmonious blend of breathtaking natural vistas and profound cultural relics makes Sanmenxia a must-see destination in central China.

Best Travel Time

Spring, autumn, and early winter are the best

Suggested playing days

2 days

Local climate

Warm temperate continental monsoon climate

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