Toronto to Beijing
Beijing to Xian
Xian to Chongqing
07. Sat 09-May-09
Yangtze Paradise cruise ship
Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-10:00am).B,L,D
Breakfast and lunch are buffets.
Three of us went on the Fengdu Ghost City excursion, I stayed behind.
Our ship from ashore.
She seems interested in what the guys are doing.
Riding the cable car.
Coming back to the ship, our cabins are the two on the top deck at the front.
Views along the Yangtze.
Deliveries while we're docked.
Dinner at table 9 assigned to the Westerners aboard.
Don't be fooled by these tiny sweet girls!! John and I had a couples' massage and while he moaned in pleasure, I was practically in tears as she climbed on the table to
08. Sun 10-May-09
Yangtze Paradise Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30-5:30pm).B,L,D
From the tour description:
On the border between Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge is the Shennong Stream. Taking its rise from the main peak of Shennong Jia (the first peak in the center of China) and flowing through Badong County, it ultimately flows into the Yangtze River via the Wu Gorge. Cruising along the stream by boat, visitors will become immersed in the wonders of zigzagging watercourses, the primitive environment, the canzonet by the boat tracker, and the mysterious culture along the banks.
We leave the large ship and change to the sampan (14 yards long and two yards wide), which holds ten visitors at a time, to experience another kind of feeling.
Drifting along the Shennong Stream in small open sampans (called 'peapod boats' by the locals) is the unique method for viewing the natural scenery, the ancient village and the flavor of Tujia (the local ethnic minority).
We saw some of the suspended coffins hung on the bluff of the precipice. They are usually hung 33 to 164 feet high and some even as high as 328 feet above the ground.
Our guide entertains us with songs of lost love.
One of the boatman accompanies her.
Back on the boat to take us back to our ship. We are the only Westerners aboard and the Chinese are fascinated and love to talk to us.
Our guide's shoes.
Definitely not shy!
They all want their photo with John.
Back on board we relax, read, and of course capture the sights.
As with most river cruises the ships follow each other.
River cruise ships dock at the same places and it is common to be three deep meaning you might have to walk through another ship to get to shore.
In this case we have the prime spot next to the pier and I am looking at the two ships parked beside us.
As always, John gets selected to participate.
Tonight we pass through The Three Gorges Dam area.
As well as producing electricity, the dam is intended to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. The Chinese government regards the project as a historic engineering, social and economic success, with the design of state-of-the-art large turbines] and a move toward limiting greenhouse gas emissions. However, the dam flooded archaeological and cultural sites and displaced some 1.3 million people, and is causing significant ecological changes, including an increased risk of landslides. The dam has been a controversial topic both domestically and abroad.
The four of us sat and went through the first few locks together but soon the women decided it was enough. The guys stayed for all the locks.
It turned into a party as they only let a couple of ships through at a time and you can practically touch hands.
09. Mon 11-May-09
Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.
Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm.Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai)B,L
Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai, Shanghai Airlines FM9366 Dep 4:35PM - Arr 6:05PM (Economy class)
The Bund Hotel Shanghai ****
Another day of transit. We opted to skip the Three Gorges Dam Site but our friends went.
After our 3 day cruise we were met in Yichang by Season who boarded the ship and then took us to our waiting van amidst the hordes of tourists disembarking from the ships. He showed us around Yichang as we had a few hours before our next flight. Once again our guide arranged our flight check in. We were now on our way to Shanghai.
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