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Oct 16, 2017 - Panda-monium

I'm back.... We left Tibet early in the morning and headed to Chongqing on October 16, traveling most of the day. After lunch in Chongqing were able to make a quick stop at the zoo to visit the pandas. They are the absolutely cutest animals ever. One of them entertained us non-stop, climbing up a post and then hanging in various positions from a rope stairway. I will try to load the video after I am stateside. We boarded the Victoria Jenna at 5:30pm and set sail at 9:00pm. I've included a shot of Chongqing by day. This city has 34 million...

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China and Tibet 2017

Oct 4, 2017 - Chongjing

This is the largest city in China at 34 million! Much like SanF it's built on hills and the confluence of two rivers. It's here we board our Viking ship for 6 days along the Yangtze . While visiting the city hall area many people were taking our picture and again seem very happy. The term for us is "big nose people". The ship is 80% full maybe some cacelations over N Korea fears. Nice room with a view as we travel along the river. At the city hall museum we were happy to see some interpretive sign posts in English. Interestingly every...

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May 10, 2017 - Chongqing & Old Town of Ciqikou

We disembarked the President No. 7 on a very gloomy, wet morning - our worst day of weather so far but we have had some spectacular days up until now. The disembarkation was not so much difficult for some of us but, well, DIFFICULT! We trekked over irregular metal decks with sabotages placed strategically en route, then up some very steep, wet concrete steps - only to find even steeper steps higher up but at least they were under cover. The local people know this is difficult terrain for tourists who have been accustomed to a certain level...

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Oct 20, 2015 - Off To The Yangtze River

The day started with a 4.30 am wakeup call, a quick breakfast & back to the airport for our 8.15am flight to Chongqing where we were scheduled to visit the Pandas at the Zoo before boarding our boat for the 5 day cruise down the Yangtze & through the three Gorges. Once we landed in Chongqing we were taken by coach to the zoo to see their Pandas. We did get to see a couple of Pandas lolling around but it wasn't very exciting. The mother with the new baby Panda was inside & the CCTV camera watching them was broken down. Viv got quite excited...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Shibaozhai Temple

July 30: Shibaozhai Temple Last Tai Chi lesson this morning at 6:30. Good instruction has gotten us through warm-ups, 3 ways of breathing, ball right and left, parting the clouds and holding bird’s beak. All we’ve done before and thoroughly enjoyed getting back into Tai Chi. Disappointed we can’t continue throughout the rest of the trip. Maybe we’ll try to keep it going in the hotel rooms—or maybe on the Great Wall! Shibaozhai Temple: The Precious Stone Fortress Per the tour book: “a place not only bears great beauty and tranquility, but...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Lesser Three Gorges

July 29: Lesser Three Gorges Slept in until after 7, having stayed up past midnight watching the dance through the Locks, so missed Tai Chi. Medical Update Gary’s check-up resulted in clipping off the knarly looking skin and a bandage twice the size of one it replaced. Is this progress? Wu Gorge Early morning cruising was through the Wu (witches) Gorge. We are back to a working river. Saw an ingenious method of getting mined coal from a truck on a road perhaps 300 feet above the river. They deposit/shovel the coal into perhaps 1-2 foot...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Giant pandas in Chongqing

Good morning Chongqing! Our luggage was outside our cabin door at 6:00 AM and we headed down for breakfast soon after. Our group disembarked the Viking Emerald around 9:00 and headed to the Chongqing Zoo. It's another hot day, so the shade of the zoo was a welcome site. The first panda we saw was a red panda, we didn't even know such an animal existed. We made our way to the giant panda area and was pleasantly surprised to see many of them out of their caves and enjoying a meal of bamboo. They are amazing, adorable and it's hard to believe...

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Apr 25, 2014 - She was a short order pastry chef….

In a Dim Sum dive on the Yangtze tideway She had shiny hair She was the daughter of a engineer…. Alright so never a dull moment, and always something to entertain me. We left Tibet and flew to Chengdu, China. The plan was to get a good meal and go see the Panda’s. So, first things first, we set out for a traditional Hot Pot Supper which is famous in the province of Sichuan. Now when they say Hot they mean HOT! The set up for the meal itself is very fun, you order a bunch of different dishes - meats, noodles, vegetables - and then drop them...

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Dec 12, 2013 - Chongqing

We docked at Qhongqin, a cliff-side city that overlooks the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. The city boasts an area (including suburbs) the size of the state of Ohio with a population of about 33,000,000 people. We drove to the airport to flyto Xian, the capital of Shannxi Provence.

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Oct 24, 2013 - Chongquin

Day 9: Thursday, October 24th It was a very short stop for us in this major Chinese city. We had a one hour bus ride from where the cruise ship had docked to the zoo. Along the way we saw more of what we’d seen lots of in Beijing - buildings, traffic , markets and people. Some neighborhoods were pretty depressing but others seemed to be more affluent. Not so different from Edmonton which I live close to – just on a much larger scale! The zoo was a lovely experience. I don’t know if I was more captivated by the giant pandas or the children....

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Oct 23, 2013 - On Board the Yangtze2

We boarded the Yangtze2 on Sunday evening and had time for a quick look around before ship’s orientation and then off to bed. The vessel is small in comparison to the ocean going ships we’ve been on but the cabins themselves, which all had balconies, are similar in size to the larger cruise ships. There were shore excursions offered on every one of the 3 full days we were on board but the pace still seemed a little more relaxed than it had in Beijing as you’ll see in the photos. The men even found time for a few games of dominoes! Our meals...

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Oct 23, 2013 - Cruise Excursions

There were five excursions offered along the 600 mile journey between Yichang and Chongquin but in the interests of time I’m only going to mention and include pictures from three of them. Leta and Bonnie were the only two of our group to go on the first optional to the Tribe of Three Gorges. It was scheduled for the first morning we were onboard and I think the rest of us were just too tired and looking forward to a little down time so we didn’t cough up the extra 30 bucks to go. The pictures they brought back almost made us sorry – they...

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China Adventure 2013

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