Women's China Tour travel blog

Traditional sampan along the Yangtze

Main building at the Tribe of the Three Gorges

Workers using hand tools to work on the walkway

Petroglyph of a horse

Crossing a stone bridge

This young woman had a hauntingly beautiful voice

Woven shawl reminds us of Coast Salish clothing

A flautist on an ancient bridge

This large waterfall is very near the source of the stream


Today we'll see the Three Gorges Dam and enter the Xiling Gorge while we're on the Yangtze River. Tonight is the Captain's welcome reception.

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09Apr – Yangtze; 3 Gorges; Xiling Gorge; Captain’s Welcome

On the Yangtze cruise, we have a daily included shore excursion. This year, with the new ship, we are also offered an option tour each day. Many of us chose to take advantage of the optional tours while others need time to relax and recharge. It’s been a busy start.

This morning, our optional tour was a visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges (http://www.sanxiarenjia.com/en/index.ASP ). Located between the Gezhou Dam and the Three Gorges Dam, this attraction offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the past. After we disembarked, we walked along a wide hand-hewn wooden path and onto bridges that take us to the steam. Performers from neighbouring towns and villages are dressed in period costumes and are staged to show the various parts of life in the mountain villages. The mist in the stream added a magical element to our experience. A highlight was watching a short representation of a traditional wedding: bride in red gown, attendants weeping with her, tea served and a groom chosen from the audience. This was truly a highlight and a very special way for us to enter the Three Gorges.

After another lovely lunch...this time buffet...we have a very short bit of time to relax before we disembarked to see the Three Gorges Dam. Our guide, Cindy, speaks very good English and is very knowledgeable. I must admit that I’m not terribly interested in engineering feats, so I’m not likely the best person to write about dams. The dam is over 2 km long, each of the 26 turbines produces 700 megawatts of power and displaced millions of people. Sure it’s impressive, but they still use bamboo warriors to carry buckets of water for mixing concrete at the tourist imformation centre. Here are some facts ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Gorges_Dam

This evening we dressed up for the Captain’s welcome ... another great day.

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