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May 8, 2017 - Shennong Stream and Xiling Gorge

We woke up this morning to find our travelling bedroom was somewhere else - it was docked at Badong to be precise. It's not particularly picturesque but the huge collection of large buildings, built close to and above the water's edge, are quite new. There is some local pride here in the fact that Badong is a 'famous tourism city', full of scenic nature spots. We disembarked 'President No. 7' on to a smaller tour boat for a shore excursion to Shennong Stream via Xiling Gorge. Before the construction of the Three Gorges Dam there were many...

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May 7, 2017 - The Three Gorges Dam Project or - "Where's Bruce?"

Warm Prompt: You can tap/click on the pictures to increase their size (in case you didn't know). On the bus from Ychang Airport to Maoping Port last night we were given our instructions regarding embarking our Yangtze River cruise ship, the President No. 7. Before leaving Canada we'd been given the option to purchase a 'VIP Package' for $100 each that would include "free coffee, tea and snacks at happy hours in the afternoon, enjoy all meals at VIP restaurant, free drinks before dinner, unlimited wine, beer with lunch and dinner, express...

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Oct 25, 2015 - Off The Boat & On To Shanghai

We disembarked the boat at 8.30am, boarded yet another coach and headed to Wuhan for our last internal flight to Shanghai. Wuhan turned out to be another modern Chinese city with forests of tower block flats, most of which seemed to be empty or still under construction. We had lunch at another of the large restaurants in the city centre but it was a bit different this time as each table group was in their own room. A lot nicer in many ways but the same scramble to get a reasonable share of the better dishes. We had an hour free after lunch...

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Oct 24, 2015 - Jingzhou

After a morning on the boat we moored up Jingzhou, our final stop. Another misty but warm day. We left after lunch for a trip into Jingzhou to the museum. The most unusual, if somewhat grisly, exhibit is the well-preserved corpse of a local worthy who died more than 2,000 years ago. The body is displayed in one case with the innards and brain in another beside it. .Written records unearthed along with the body indicate the man was a high official who died in 167 BC. Because of the depth of the tomb and the fact that it was well sealed to...

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Oct 23, 2015 - The Three Gorges Dam

In the morning we were at the lower river level & moored up ready for our trip up to the top of the dam to the visitors centre. Back on a coach again but a shorter ride. Thousands of people up at the visitors centre & quite a lot of military security to go through to get there. Unfortunately the pervading mist that hangs around took the edge off some of the views but a truly amazing construction. It was a pity that we weren't allowed to walk across the top of the dam but we did get close. Even managed to locate a geocache right at the top...

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Oct 22, 2015 - The Three Lesser Gorges

The scenery was more spectacular this morning as we approach the Three Gorges section of the river. However before then we stopped at Badong & transferred to a smaller boat for a morning cruise up the Shennong stream, a tributary of the Yangtze. Yet another lovely sunny day as we cruised up & back passing under a spectacular bridge. Even saw some ancient coffins set into holes way up on the cliff face. Back on the boat for lunch & then the afternoon was spent quietly drifting through the Three Gorges section with high cliffs on both sides....

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Jul 26, 2015 - A Lost Day

July 26: A Lost Day Shanghai Facts and Observations: --24 million people; largest city in China -People are exceptionally friendly (several came up to talk to Gary as he was smoking his cigars on the street. --One of world’s most important ports; began as tiny fishing village 5,000 years ago. --Major silk producer --City of contrasts: architecture (Gothic, Renaissance; Art Nouveau, old and new, contemporary living units (high rises and garden apts. EVERYWHERE; shiny new to shanties) financial and trade center; narrow streets;...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Cruising the Three Little Gorges

We woke to a clear beautiful day, again we didn't make it Tai Chi nor the scenic sailing through the Wu Gorge. We are both suffering from some digestive issues, thank goodness we brought some Imodium with us. We were both ready to take the shore excursion for the cruise through the Lesser Three Gorges in Wushan. We disembarked our ship and embarked on a smaller boat to take us through the breathtaking Three Little Gorges. We cruised along the Daning River, which is a tributary off the Yangzi. The water between the gorges is green, which is...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Three Gorges Dam

Happy Birthday Deena! We celebrated your birthday, before you were awake, so I guess in China you are 12 hours older, HA! Well we have not made it to the morning exercise class of Tai Chi, but we always seem to make it to breakfast, go figure! This morning we attended a presentation on the construction of the Three Gorge Dam. George was all over this. After lunch, we docked in the town of Yichang, which has grown into a large city due to the relocation of many of the farmers from the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. We loaded a bus and...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Cruising the Yangzi

After a restful night, we woke to heavy haze, humidity and heat on the Yangzi. We spent some time enjoying the flat scenery from our veranda, then headed down to breakfast. I don't know why I thought I would lose weight on this trip, because that is not going to happen. The food on the ship is very good and in high abundance. It was a leisurely day on the river as we cruised upstream towards Yichang. Our itinerary had us visiting a local school today, but because school is out for the summer, the students were going to visit us on the ship....

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Jul 17, 2014 - Farewell to Shanghai!

We had a restful morning to pack and get ready to take the 1st of our 3 inter-China flights. We are heading to Wuhan today to catch our cruise ship. Before we leave Shanghai we made one more stop at the Bund, which is the city's riverside promenade. This area has a very western feel to it because after the Opium War the British built many of the buildings here. 10 - 15 years ago the other side of the Huangpu River was rice paddies and farms, today it is filled with highrises and condos. Just more evidence of how fast Shanghai has grown in...

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Dec 8, 2013 - Victoria Cruise Ship "Anna"

December 8, 2013 Today we took in our final stops in Beijing, then flew to Yichang, China to join a river cruise of the Yangtze River. In Beijing we went to a Buddhist Temple then to a shopping market. Finally arrived at the airport at 5pm. The flight was 2 hours and they served "dinner". Upon arrival in Yichang, we took a bus to the river and boarded the Victoria Cruise Ship "Anna". All of our tour guests were assigned to the fifth floor--executive suites. We were given a different dining room and different foods than the Chinese tourists...

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