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Apr 16, 2010 - Yangtze Cruise

13-16. April 2010 The Yangtze Cruise was amazing. At first we were afraid, lest we might have picked the wrong ship to do the cruise with, but it turned out to be the ideal one. We had different alternatives to do the cruise with big price differences. The cheapest version would have been to go with a Chinese cruise ship with no meals and sightseeing activities included (you would have even had to pay a fee to go on the top deck…). Then there were all-inclusive packages of Chinese cruise ships and foreign (western) cruise ships with...

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Peter's World Tour

Sep 26, 2009 - Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise

Our boat actually stayed put last night as this morning we got off again to visit the Three Gorges dam. We had a great local guide, Laura, who lives in the new city of Zigui. Like many other cities along the Yangtze her old city is now underwater and she was relocated to a brand new city above the 175 metre watermark. She explained how she and her family are much better off, with a bigger place that they only had to pay the difference for the extra square metres of the new place. She did say that her grandparents were quite sad to leave,...

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Sep 25, 2009 - Day 6: Wuhan - Yichang - boat

The overnight train arrived in Wuhan at 11.20am, and with our usual mad dash, rushed downstairs and out to meet the local bus that for some reason was waiting for us. I sat about half-way back with Alex (from the UK) for the four and a half hour bus ride to Yichang. And true to form, even though buses are supposedly smoke-free, there was definitely smoking happening! Who knows what my health is going to be like by the end of the four weeks here - and add to that constant spitting by our feet, food being prepared on the street (yes, actually...

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May 23, 2009 - More Gorges

The boat made some strange maneuvers in the early morning hours, so once the sun came up I got up (waking Linda) so we went out to look at the scenery. It was overcast and cool, but wasn't raining, and the river had narrowed considerably. We watched the scenery go by, periodically going back to the cabin to get more clothes. Eventually the boat passed a small temple-like building and entered the first gorge, with cliffs right down to the river. Our guide chatted about the scenery and history, showing us pictures from a book that he was...

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May 22, 2009 - Chongqing - the Three Gorges

Woke up when it got light but lay there for a while. Got up an walked around the boat – watched as several other boats set sail (so to speak). When they cast off, they held the boat steady in the current and let the nose of the boat get pushed downstream. A very silent departure, but with the aid of the current the boat seems to be idling along. Breakfast was a pretty typical buffet, with fried eggs, toast, and a spread of sausages, vegetables, etc., etc. We had 2 tables by the window and it was comfortable and left me feeling full. After...

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May 9, 2008 - The Three Gorges. Chongqing-Yichang

Woke up early and went to the port in pouring rain. The hydrofoils down the Yangtze no longer start from Chongqing so it was 3 hours or so on a bus to Wanzhou. The rain stopped and the drive was quite pleasant through rice fields and over an 800 metre pass. Eventually got on the hydrofoil which doesn't stop at the tourist sights like temples and such but gets you through the gorges in 1 day instead of spending a couple of nights on a boat. It's a travel bargain at about A$45 (less than twenty quid). The gorges are certainly impressive and...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt

Mar 20, 2008 - Three Gorges of the Yangtze River

By Eric We spent the last 3 days traveling by boat down the Yangtze River through “The Three Gorges of the Yangtze” and ultimately passed through the newly built Three Gorges Dam -- 5 locks dropping 175 meters or almost 600 feet. The dam has been a monumental undertaking by the Chinese government. They started building it in 1997 and finished construction in 2006, ahead of schedule. Once the dam is filled to capacity and producing power, the dam will produce 10% of the required power for all of China. It won't be filled to capacity until...

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therealeworld

Oct 16, 2007 - Start the Yangtze Cruise

After arriving in Yichang we had dinner and then boarded the boat. The boat are traveling on is called 'Yangtze No. 1' and is brand new, it only started running last year. It was very impressive when we arrived, we were given hot towels and tea and all our luggage was brought on for us, very posh. The only problem was that, when we arrived at our room it was a standard room although we thought we had booked a deluxe room with the tour company. This would not have been a problem except that standard rooms on this ship are the size of a box...

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Oct 12, 2007 - Yangtze River - Wushan to Three Gorges Dam to Yichang

Our boat left port very early this morning, traveling thru the second of the Three Gorges, "the Wu Gorge". It was still quite dark and raining and therefore we didn't see much of the second gorge. Not too many of the rest of our troop were up to view this gorge as they had burned the midnight oil, chatting and drinking wine in Stewart's room which was next to ours.......we arrived in Zi Gui City at about 10:00 a.m. where we had a quick stroll thru the village street market and saw the Quyuan Memorial Temple which will also be submerged by...

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Jul 3, 2007 - Yichang...no bang

Another 6.30am lot of wake up music. Man they know how to hurt us. The front desk opened up for bill payment and I and took care of mine. Breakfast was next of course then it was off the boat for a tour of the 'Three gorges Dam Site'. It is a massive structure and quite something. It will be responsible for a fair amount of energy production for this country which is the whole purpose but I got to see some of the houses that would be wiped out by the rising waters and the farm lands lost. Areas that used to be one meter deep and twenty...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

May 31, 2007 - Heading towards the Yangtze

Our northern chinese departed the train early in the morning and we had some sympathy with Jerry's comments. The state of the carriage where they had been was filthy. Rubbish everywhere and sticky beer stains all over the floor - the train staff less than impressed. Their departure allowed us a little more space and we eventually arrived in Wahan at about midday. Straight onto a public bus heading for Yichang. As we moved further inland, we found that we were much more of a novelty to the locals - especially the children who would look at...

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Aug 18, 2006 - Monster!

It doesn't really look that big when you see it, but then you get closer, and better still, on top of it, you realize that it's just enormous. In addition, the panoramic view you get of the entire area from the theme park like mound where the Chinese have built a visitor's centre tells the whole story. I speak of course of the Three Gorges dam project here near Yichang, on the Yangtze river in China's heartland. As usual, this project fulfills all of the features of a typical piece of Chinese work, gigantic in every way, and simply...

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