Monday, May 12, 2014

Travel Photo Monday



Travel Photo Monday


Travel Photo Monday




May 2009 - Yangtze China

Our flight from Xian to Chongqing landed an hour later than planned.



 Jeff was there to meet us with a driver. The car was a very luxurious model, with leather seats and sun roof. Jeff is a student who has been working part time as a tour guide for 6 months. He is very funny and knowledgable. He is extremely proud of his city and perturbed that we only had a few hours to see it. Chongqing has 22 million people and is a hilly city. Jeff pointed out the sights as he was taking us to dinner.







The restaurant was a large banquet hall with lots of pink! The food was fantastic as usual.



 Jeff, our guide.



After dinner Jeff took us for a quick tour before heading to our boat.

Hitting the ABMs for cash!


We then headed out for the cruise ship for boarding around 8pm. To board the ship we got out of the car at the top with the luggage.

You then pay a porter to carry your bags for you as there are many steps down to the ship. The porters carry your suit cases on a a pole across their shoulders while watching out to ensure we do not trip on the stairs.

The water level was so low that we walk across planks to get to the ship being greeted every few yards by a crew member welcoming us aboard.






Jeff took care of getting us checked in before he bid us farewell.

We then met Ben, our river guide, who would be showing us to our rooms on the 3rd deck.



 He mentioned that there were 2 presidental suites available for upgrade. He showed us our assigned rooms, very tiny, with twin beds and a balcony. Then he suggested we look at the suites before we decdied. Well, as you can guess, we upgraded for a price that we negotiated. Both suites are at the front of the ship. There is a huge bedroom withking size bed. The bedroom is at least 6 times bigger than the standard room. But the most amazing thing was the sitting room right at the front. Between our two rooms we commanded the best views of each shore and the front view of the river.
This ship is not up to 4 star rating according to our standards. We would give it a max of 3 stars. The ship is a refurbished Nile cruise ship. There is no grand lobby, you enter through a small door and climb some steps to get to a very sparse reception desk.





The view from our sitting room






The dining room is on the 2nd deck and is rather cramped. We were assigned to Table 12 with a couple from Haliburton, On. Jim and Jane.



There were 24 English speaking nationalities on board who were given priority treatment over the Chinese passengers. The agenda is laid out in half hour segments with 15 minute breaks and there is an assumption that you must/want to attend everything. However, we are on vacation and may like to just relax!
Breakfast was served as a buffet from 7am to 8am. If you weren’t there by 7:30 am Ben called your room. Breakfast was fine with a western and Chinese menu.

Lunch and dinner were served Chinese style from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The food was placed on the lazy susan prior to you sitting down which meant that the food was generally cool to cold. You were given one glass of beer after that you had to pay.




Itinerary:
Board your deluxe M.V. Yangtze Paradise Cruise(President No.6) Ship and settle into your comfortable outside cabin to begin your memorable cruise downstream.Departs Chongqing in the night.

Day 2
Go ashore to visit Fengdu, the "Ghost City", where the Chinese believe the soul of the dead goes.The balance of the day is free to explore the ship's many amenities. Tonight, you are our guests at the captain's cocktail party.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges : Qutang Gorge ,framed by steep mossy cliffs. Then, sail on through Wu Gorge , celebrated for its 12 peaks. At Badong, transfer to a small cruiser for an exciting excursion on Shenlong Stream to view its breathtaking small gorges. Next, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally,pass through the dramatic Three Gorges Ship Lock.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
This morning, stop at Sandouping to view the historic Three Gorges Dam project, the largest hydroelectric project in the world.Reboard the ship and sail on to Yichang where you disembark.
MEALS: Breakfast

19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful trip! Love the rooms, and the spread of delicious looking treats.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  2. Wow, interesting trip! That is one place I would definitely be a fish out of water!
    I'd love it if you would stop by and come see my pic for today.

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  3. Our nephew did a cruise like that and raved about it.

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  4. Wow, looks incredible! I love that shot of the ship all lit up.

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  5. That looks fantastic! My husband has always wanted to do something like this, and with rooms like that I could be convinced. :)

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  6. What an amazing trip. China always sounds so exotic.

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  7. WOW! And I'm amazed at how large and comfortable the rooms look.

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  8. I never thought that one could cruise down a river in China. Learned something new. Thanks for sharing your interesting photos and story.

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  9. Wow! Love the looks of that boat!

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  10. thanks for posting this -- did you blog from the ship? i'd be curious to know about the people you met and the experiences that you had on the excursions.

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  11. thanks for directing me to the May posts. a fascinating trip!

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  12. Thank you for being my tour guide on this trip. Without you and other bloggers I would never see the world.

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  13. What an exciting trip! I'd love to hear more about it. Here is my snapshot: http://barbarathehealthynut.blogspot.com/2012/07/gone-hikin.html

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  14. What an amazing trip that must have been, the pictures look great- the scenery is amazing, and yay for a room upgrade.

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  15. SOunds like a great time -- rooms look spacious as well.

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  16. Great post, with cabins like those I might well be tempted in considering such a trip. :)

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  17. We wanted to do this when we were in China a few years ago. Now that I see/hear about it from you, I want to go back!

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