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Oct 19, 2017 - Three Gorges Dam

We visited the Three Gorges Dam the morning of October 19. Building the dam resulted in the relocation of many thousands of people, the obliteration of important cultural sites, and long-term environmental damage. Hundreds of miles downstream the rapidly growing municipality of Chongqing has been pumping untreated waste and chemicals into the Yangtze. The river isn't able to flush this out so the concern is that it could all collect in a 400-mile long cesspool. Not a pleasant thought. Every time our guide said "ship locks" I thought she was...

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China and Tibet 2017

Oct 9, 2017 - Wuhan

About to disembark from the boat. It's been a lovely relaxing experience, lots of good food and experiences. Learned to play Chinese mahjong which is less complicated than American, fewer tiles and no card. We are in Wuhan 10 million pop. A small city by Chinese standards lit looks prosperous with many, many high rises including what will be the 2nd tallest building in the world when completed. Last night many of the high rises on both sides of the river were illuminated with a spectacular light show. Hard to capture on camera, especially...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Out of the Gorge

We are out of the gorge. This is last day on boat. We went to a school yesterday. 52 students in a first grade class with very few supplies, books etc. The children were absolutely lovely. Lots of singing and dancing. The afternoon lectures on modern china, Chinese culture and Chinese history are fascinating. Pictures still won't go through. Hazel The commerce by ship up and down the river is intense. Lots of ore coal sand etc plus Hugh ships filled with 190's of shiny new autos. The city of 10 million here in Wuhan is so modern similar to...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Down the Yangtze

We have traveled down the Yangtze River for past two days passing many "new towns" built above the river. The river is 180m higher than its original level. The displaced homeowners were provided new apartments if 3x the area new refrigerator TV and lap top as incentive. Lots of high sheer rock walls as we passed through the 3 gorges. Reminds me of the lake at home but with even higher peaks. David The weather has been cool and misty just the right ethereal touch of low clouds hanging around the mountain peaks along the river. The Yangtze is...

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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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