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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

Apr 23, 2008 - Wuhan

When you’re not in you own bed, are there times when you wake up wondering where you are for a few seconds? Well, this morning when I woke up, my brain was very confused. Am I on a ship or a train? It was definitely train sounds that I was hearing. And, that was definitely a train horn that I just heard. Opening the drapes quickly diagnosed the situation. We were passing under a railroad bridge and a train was currently crossing the bridge. So, I’m not “on” a train; I’m “under” a train. I’m quite sure I’ve never woken up under a train...

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2008 India & China

Apr 2, 2008 - Wuhan museum & concert, flight to Shanghai

China Trip March 23-April 4, 2008 Viking River Cruises Imperial Jewels of China April 2, 2008: Day 10: Wuhan museum & concert, flight to Shanghai We were up at 5 am again in order to shower and finish packing by 6: 30, when our checked bags had to be in the corridor. I will be sad to leave the ship, but I am getting very tired and rather anxious to return home. After a leisurely breakfast, we boarded buses at 9:30 am for a tour of Wuhan, where we were docked. Wuhan, in Hubei province, is another large Chinese city with a population of...

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China 2008

Apr 1, 2008 - Jingzhou - Viking School Visit

China Trip March 23-April 4, 2008 Viking River Cruises Imperial Jewels of China April 1, 2008: Day 9: Jingzhou school, crew talent show We were up early once again to be ready for our tour to leave at 9:00 am. The ship was docked at Jingzhou, a large city of 1.56 million by our US standards, but small in comparison to many other Chinese cities. The area of the city through which we drove on our way to the Viking-sponsored school was not nearly as modern as other cities we had seen. This area had obviously not been a recipient of the...

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China 2008

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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Oct 21, 2007 - Cruise - Three Gorges Dam/Cruise the Yangtze/Xiling Gorge

Oct 21 Today we had to be ready by 8 a.m. We were scheduled to go through the first ship lock. It was the Gezhou Dam. It took one hour from the time we started moving towards the lock to the time it opened for us to go through. We started with 42 meters above sea level and it took 7 minutes for the water level to rise to 62 meters and then the lock opened. After the passage, we entered the Xiling Gorge which continues for 1.30 hs. The Yangtze River Dam project will displace 1.4 million people, towns will totally disappear since the water...

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Oct 19, 2007 - Shanghai, China - Wuhan, China

Oct 19 Today at 3 p.m. We'll be flying to Wuhan. They picked up our luggage early in the morning and were taken to a fantastic fresh market in the Shang Tuyang neighborhood. It is hugh and we were very impressed with the cleanliness and freshness of their products. I have not seen such a variety of fish in my life. They are maintained ALIVE in water that they change every hour. They clean it for you when you buy it. So no flies and no smell. The produce and fruits are sprinkled with water very often. They have live chickens and ducks. You...

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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 15, 2007 - Wuhan

We arrived in Wuhan in late afternoon and discovered that this is a bit more like 'real' China. It was big and busy with awful traffic but a lot nicer than Xi'an. We went straight from the airport to the Yellow Crane Tower. This is series of building with the main tower that was originally used for military reasons. This meant that there was a great view of the Yangtze river and Wuhan city from the top. It was interesting and very picturesque. The tower itself actually had a lift as it is not original. It had been destroyed multiple times...

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