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Oct 15, 2012 - Sunday 14th October - leaving Beijing for our Yanjgtze cruise

Up at 4.30am. Breakfast at 5am then out of the hotel to the airport. A two hour flight to Wuhan where it was even more polluted that Beijing. According to our guide the pollution was due to the heavy industry in the area including a number of major car manufaturers. At one point you could not even see a quarter of a mile across the fields. On arrival in Jinzhou we had lunch then went to the Jinzhou museum which was built in 1957 to house local ecavated finds. Jinzhou is a 5th level city compared to Beijing (which would be a level 1). Many...

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GillandDaveinChina

Oct 15, 2012 - Monday 15 October

A lazy morning on the boat. Lunch and then a trip to the Three Gorges Dam Site. An impressive engineering feat that is in its final stages of construction which is scheduled to end in 2015. The site has excellent tourist facilities which include elevators to move you upwards! The entrance and general area appear to be controlled by the military. back to the boat for the rest of the day. We left the dock in the evening and headed into the first of five docks we were to go through that night.

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Jul 9, 2012 - The Three Gorges Dam

We arrived early at the top of the dam band disembarked to amity but warm morning. There was not a lot to see until we reached the far side of the dam but then w could appreciate the sheer scale of the construction. The tiered lock for ships was also on view which takes approximately 5 hours to get to. After a few hour on the bus we boarded our third night train of the trip for a 17 hour journey to Guilin

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My China Trip

May 6, 2012 - The Dam & On to Wuhan

We had to have our bag out by 7 a.m. for collection and loading to the bus for our trip to Wuhan. Then, we had our last breakfast on board. I have to say I won’t miss this food at all; it was adequate but not great. Finally, we were ready to disembark and board the bus for the trip to Three Gorges Dam. It was so terribly cloudy and overcast, it was difficult to see anything. The Dam Project is the largest water conservancy project ever built and is located in the middle of the longest Gorge, the Xiling Gorge, at a site called Sandouping....

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Our Oriental Odyssey

May 5, 2012 - Three Gorges of Yangtze River

Dawn broke again to another cloudy and hazy day. Today, we transit the gorges. Fred joked it would be a gorgeous (gorges) day; there are some little patches of blue and wispy white clouds but not a day for photography. We enjoyed our buffet breakfast although all the food is starting to taste the same on the riverboat. We started our transit through the first of the Three Gorges, Qutang Xia. At just 5 miles, this is the shortest of the three. Steep walls rise up from the river and create the narrow 330-foot opening. Next, we would get off...

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Our Oriental Odyssey

Apr 10, 2012 - Yangtze River-Shennong Stream

Our second day on the river takes us to the Wu Gorge, Shennong Stream and Qutan Gorge. ............................................................................................................................. 10Apr – Yangtze; Shennong Stream; Wu Gorge; Qutang Gorge Our experience on the Yangtze has been quite fabulous. Our guides local and today’s guide, Kitty, is charmingly sweet. From our river cruise boat, we board a smaller boat to take us up a tributary of the Yangtze, Shennong Stream. Before the dam was built, this stream was very...

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Women's China Tour

Apr 9, 2012 - Yangtze River-Three Gorges Dam Site

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. ............................................................................................................................. 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...

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Women's China Tour

Apr 8, 2012 - Beijing - Wuhan - Yichang

We'll board Air China #1475 at 11:30 for Wuhan, then coach to Yichang. In the afternoon, we board the MS Yangtze Two. There's a great You Tube video about the ship at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8mK0iFMI1M. ............................................................................................................................. 08Apr – Beijing flt to Wuhan; coach to Yichang; board ms Yangtze 2 Today was a travel day with a 2-hr flight from Beijing to Wuhan. Much to our surprise, we got a hot meal for lunch on the aircraft (rice,...

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Aug 12, 2011 - ** Yunnan and Chongqing - Blog **

Yunnan province, south of China – set aside the Tibetan Himalayas on one side, Vietnam to the south and Sichuan to the East– we visited Kunming (briefly), en-route to Dali then Lijiang before heading to the highlight – Tiger Leaping Gorge. Turns out this was quite a popular route and it was the first time in China we really felt we were on the ‘backpacker trail’ - we saw the same 30 western tourists everywhere we went. Dali is touted as chilled-out travellers’ paradise and it’s obviously been that way for a while with lots of forty-plus...

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Apr 14, 2011 - Wuhan and Shanghai

Overnight, the Viking Emerald docked in Wuhan. Disembarkation from the ship went smoothly as we managed to drag ourselves out of bed at 0 Dark 30 and set our luggage outside the door. Had our final breakfast on board, settled our outstanding charges (to be truthful, mainly our bar tab), tipped the staff (they were so good), and that was that. We now had to leave the ship – our home away from home. No, no, we don’t want to go! Especially since we have to give up our great stateroom. But, saving grace, the trip is far from over. Let’s board...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Three Gorges Dam

Well yesterday we explored the Three Gorges. Today we are going to hop on a coach and see the Three Gorges Dam itself. But before we get into that, let’s pick up on where we left off yesterday with a little more on locks. This time though we’ll get you current and talk about getting through the five locks on the Yangtze around the Three Gorges. We don’t mean the navigational skill to get through them, but rather the “human process.” To do business in China, a foreign company, like Viking, must have a Chinese partner. This is a requirement,...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Three Gorges

Today is a rare day in that there is virtually no walking for us. We will spend the day on board ship (or rather ships as you will see) cruising through the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze. About the only exercise we’ll get today will be walking up to the sun deck to experience the view. Gad, this may mean I will have to break down and do what I have been avoiding – hit the gym that is onboard ship. Hopefully they have had the foresight to put a cup holder on the treadmill that is just the right size for a martini glass. You hydrate...

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