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Aug 10, 2006 - Yichang, Hubei Province

Another very large and hot city in the middle of China - Yichang (4 million popn) in Hubei Province. The whole of the lower Yangzi region seems to be in an extreme heat wave, but this is apparently normal for this time of year - blimey who organised our itinerary!!? And the summer holidays meant the trains are all booked up to Xi'an, so we caught one of those evil sleeper buses that we hated so much on our first journey in China. But despite the fact that the journey took us 21 hours instead of the supposed 15, this journey was amazingly...

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Jul 1, 2006 - The Controversy of the Three Gorges

Why did we come to a hot. polluted and unattractive city of 4 million people in the middle of China...? Yichang, built on the banks of the Yangtzi River, is an otherwise non-descript place, just another one of the 200+ cities with a population exceeding 1 million that seem to be spawning like wet season mosquitoes all over China. Its present claim to fame, and the reason we were visiting, is its location to the highly controversial Three Gorges Dam project, and hey, who doesn't want to see a damn good dam on holiday... Negotiating this...

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Loges' Go Global

Jun 27, 2006 - Day 2 on the Cruise, Three Gorges, small boat trip and Ship Locks.

On our second day of the cruise we crossed the three gorges. They were very pretty but the smog or pollution does not let you enjoy their true splendor. Later, Any (I was sick with a stomach virus and stayed on the ship recuperating) small boat adventure to see the "Small Three Gorges". The cliffs and views were spectacular. Local boats men maneuvered and pulled the boat up the Shennong Stream. At night the cruise ship sailed through the Three Gorges Ship Locks. This was very interesting as the ship had to drop around 120 feet while passing...

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May 24, 2006 - Shore excurison to Fengdu

We are now sailing down the Yangtze River. 450 million people live around this River. It is the third longest river in the world. We docked at Fengdu where we climbed up to a Buddhist pagoda. They are quite often located on a mountain (closer to heaven). Many of these were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution but some have been rebuilt. On the shore one can see the remains of towns and houses that have been removed as the water will soon cover these locations. Our guide at Fengdu lived on one side of the river, but her whole town of...

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China - May 2006

Apr 28, 2006 - 22,23,24 April - Yangtze Trip - Chongqing to Yichang

Left our accomodation to board the Super Cruiser and found the Super Cruiser had "A Motion Problem" (sure it did) and instead we boarded the Chinese Rust Bucket from hell!!! Why you ask - Our First Class Cabin had 2 small single beds, no hot water, torn dirty and smelly sheets and blankets, TV - didn't work, Phone - didn't work, Air Con - hanging out of the wall - not sealed, No Towels - toilet paper, soap etc, rubbish was not removed, No access to outside of boat unless more money paid, had to ask for beer to be put in fridge and they only...

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Fish n Fee Tour 2006

Nov 21, 2005 - Yichang to Wuhan to Shanghai

Monday morning we were again awoken bright and early to get off the boat in Yichang and hop on a bus to Wuhan, where we caught a flight to Shanghai. The 4 hour bus ride was fairly painless - made all the more enjoyable by the slightly heavy Chinese man sitting next to me who felt a need to make sure his leg was partially on mine the whole ride. I really love bus rides for the reason that you get to see so much of the country that you would otherwise miss when flying or even taking a train (especially overnight trains). We passed mainly...

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Lisa's Journey

Nov 18, 2005 - Yangtze River from Chongqing to Yichang

Flew from Xi'an to Chongqing where we spent the day ...nothing to write home about except that Chongqing is the home of the Hot Pot, which we didn't even eat (too scared b/c it's so spicy...not exactly something you want for lunch especially before boarding a boat). After stocking up on some groceries and lots of wine, we boarded the cruise joined by three nice Dutch guys who were on the same path as we were from Xi'an. They kept us entertained for the evening...laughing about our 'first class' cabins (more like a floating, stodgy Super...

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Lindsay's Journey

Sep 25, 2005 - Yichang - Yangtse River Cruise

B: After another overnight train - the least salubriuos of our trip - we arrived mid-morning in Yichang. The cruise boat we were supposed to be on was booked by the government for a function therefore we had to use another boat. (This happens a lot in China when a member of the Communist party wants to do something, the area is closed off to all public and tourist even if it is a key site.) Fortunately, the new boat we boarded was 5* and the best on the Yangtse. We had a hard time slumming it with large buffets, free drinks with meals, free...

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Aug 18, 2005 - The Three Gorges

This was by far the better day of the two we spent on the cruise. From sunrise to sunset, the river was lined with Gorges. Literally- we woke up right as the sun was rising to see the first one, which is also the shortest. I think it was my favorite, but maybe because it was the first one we saw. An hour or so later, we switched boats to go on a mini-cruise through the Small Three Gorges. They're even narrower than the famous ones, and less polluted and trash-covered. It was pouring rain at this point, but that helped alleviate the common...

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Jul 22, 2005 - Grr trains Grr!

With such a tight schedule something was bound to go awry - we've just missed our train to Shanghai by 1 minute, and there's not another service until tomorrow, and we don't have enough time to spare to stay here (Yichang) for the night. So instead we're catching a train straight to Beijing tonight, and missing out Shanghai. Bit annoyed as I really wanted to see the city, I guess i'll just have to come back in the future! The river cruise was cool, but a bit of a disappointment really. The giant tin can that we were on was a bit grotty, but...

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Jul 13, 2005 - Yangzi River Cruise

The Yangzi River is the 3rd largest river in the world, surpassed only by the Amazon and the Nile. We had been hoping to go on the Yangzi River Cruise since we heard about Mrs. Cook's trip a few years ago. However we feared that it would be out of our budget. The trip is from Chongqing (the last plotted location on the map) to Yichang (this plot on the map.) When we landed in the Chongqing airport there was a kiosk about the cruise, so we asked some questions and discovered that there are 2 types of boats: The Chinese Boat and The Foreigner...

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Nov 11, 2004 - Yichang

Woensdag vertrokken wij met de nachttrein vanuit Xi'an naar Wuhan. Dit keer hadden we meer geluk, we deelden de slaapcabine namelijk met een oud Chinees oma'tje. Zij was heel lief voor ons en voorzag ons van mandarijnen en granaatappels, helaas konden wij geen woord met d'r wisselen. Vanuit Wuhan hebben we direct de bus genomen naar Yichang. Daar konden we enkele uren later al aan boord van het schip dat ons enkele dagen later in Chongqing zou afzetten. Het was een redeljk grote boot, maar wij waren de enige toeristen. Er was meer personeel...

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