Yangzi Travel Guide

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    Lesser Three Gorges
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    My boat (the blue one)
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Yangzi Things to Do

  • Three Gorges Dam - Construction

    The Three Gorges Dam was once the world's largest single construction project. As part of my Yangzi River cruise, I got taken on a bus tour of the dam where we crossed over on a bridge to the south bank and taken to another park area which features various bits of machinery such as a bulldozer and digger used in the construction of the dam.

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  • Three Gorges Five-step Ship Lock

    I found this to be more far more interesting than the dam. The locks work in both directions meaning that ships coming from downstream can navigate through the series of five lock stages at the same time as ships navigating upstream. The whole process takes around 4 hours in total. The locks are designed to be 280m long, 35m wide, and 5m deep (918...

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  • Three Gorges Dam

    The Three Gorges Dam is located in Sandouping, about 30km from Yichang. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in the world and once the world's largest single construction project. With a long history of planning, the dam body was finished in 2006. When finished, it contained 32 main generators, each with a capacity of 700 MW. All of the...

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  • Three Gorges Dam Model

    This scale model of the Three Gorges Dam is located in the Visitors centre which is located on the north bank of the river beside the dam itself. However, another scale model of the dam inside the Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing is much better!

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  • Qu Yuan Temple

    We stopped off at this temple which is located along the Xiling Gorge near Zigui. Originally built in 820 AD during the Tang Dynasty, the Qu Yuan Temple was built in remembrance of the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan who lived during the Warring States Period.The temple was destroyed but restored during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The...

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  • Small bamboo boats

    These are the small boats we transferred to in order to visit some of the Little Three Gorges. We took them along a narrow river that runs into the Daning River which, in turn, flows into the Yangzi River.

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  • The Little Three Gorges

    The Three Little Gorges refer to the three gorges of the lower reaches of Daning River (the largest branch of Yangzi River) in Wushan County. These are: Dragon Gate Gorge (Longmen Xia), Misty Gorge (Bawu Xia), and Emerald Gorge (Dicui Xia). Because of the beauty of Three Little Gorges, it has been said that although Wushan Three Little Gorges are...

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  • The Three Gorges

    The Three Gorges region is located along the Yangzi River between the cities of Fengjie and Yichang. This is the main reason to come on a Three Gorges River Cruise which many operators offer. However, since the building of the controversial Three Gorges Dam, the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges has been severely affected but they still offer...

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  • Fengjie - White Emperor City Museum

    Some relics from the White Emperor City are on display inside the temple complex. More photos can be found in one of my travelogues.

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  • Fengjie - White Emperor City

    A few miles into Fenjie County, The statue of Liu Bei, the emperor of Shu Statety, is on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Baidi City (White Emperor City), also called Baidi Temple. It is located on Baidi Mountain at the mouth of Qutang Gorge, one of the Three Gorges of the Yangzi River. It is said that in the late Western Han Dynasty (206...

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  • Fengdu - Ghost Palace

    The Ghost Palace is a strange building and not worth visiting as all it is is an entrance shaped like a ghosts mouth and a smallish hall building in a large courtyard garden. That is it. Pretty naff.

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  • Fengdu - Ghost Street

    Legend has it that Ghost Street is a bazaar for the dead. The street leads up to the Ghost Palace through the memorial archway, Yuanyang Pavilion, the 99 Immortal Stairs, the Temple for the God of Wealth and the Town God's Temple. For me all Ghost Street seemed to be was a tourist trap full of souvenir shops selling ghost masks and such like which...

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Yangzi Restaurants

  • OK food

    There was a large restaurant on board my boat (the Chang Hang Jiang Shan II) which luckily had a menu in English with about a couple of dozen dishes including various meat and veg dishes and rice etc. They also sold alcohol such as beer and spirits. It might be wise to take some snacks along with you for the trip such as crisps and biscuits etc. I...

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  • Fantastic food!

    breakfast, lunch and dinner were both "continental" style and Chinese style. Delicious is the least to say!!!

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Yangzi Nightlife

  • Captain's Party

    The last night of our cruise there was a Captain's party it was lots of fun . The staff put on a pretty good show. They are so energenis and cute in traditional costumes. Lots of dancing and fun.

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  • gotta try a Yangzi Rapids!!!

    There was always some sort of "special" at the bar of the Victoria V - and we tried them all!!! The best cocktail was the "Yangzi Rapids" - a very Chinese type of drink! just as you feel comfortable!

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Yangzi Transportation

  • President 11

    We cruised on the President11 boat for our 4 night tour of the Three Gorges Dam . I have only good things to say about it . The rooms were much larger then we imagined. Everynight they had a cocktail hour and some entertainment. We even liked the food! There was everything you needed on board including a money exchange.

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  • Dam Security

    We all had to disembark our bus to go through a security checkpoint at the Dam constuction site. We all got back on the bus again somewhat puzzeled as there was no securty system or screening set up yet. ...maybe someday!

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Yangzi Shopping

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    by easterntrekker Written Nov 4, 2007

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    The Tuja people set up a little market at Shenong Xi .Bargaining is expected but as we later learned they do have some of the best bargains around anyway for little souvenirs. They came aboard our ferry too so if you miss it you get another chance.

    What to buy: I bought little foldable straw hats . they were $1.00

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Yangzi Local Customs

  • The daughter pine

    Our guide on the peapod boat tells us that when a couple have a baby daughter they plant a pine tree oon their property . The pine is cut down when the daughter is wed and given to the couple as a wedding gift ,to be used for furniture .

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  • River shoes

    The trackers that make special shoes to stand up to the rough rocks . The shoes are made out of bamboo fibers. They seem to do the trick as they have no problem keeping their footing on the splippery rocks!

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  • Weddings

    At variuos stops along our tour of China we saw weddings . Maybe it was the time of year ( National Days) or just the fact of a huge population! We were told weddings are often in the morning , if its a first wedding. It seemed to be a huge celebration! Fire works are set off in the streets in the small towns!!

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Yangzi Warnings and Dangers

  • Lunch on the ferry to Shennong Stream

    Lunch was served onboard the ferry but I can't recommend it. ( dishes are washed with cold water from the not too clean river) None of the less the beer was cold good and cheap!

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  • Flooded areas

    Since we visited, the Yangzi dam has been completed, which means, that the whole scenery has changed. In other words: the whole area has been flooded and the waters have risen by up to 100 m. The bridge on the picture was a total misconstruction: it was a new bridge, but was built at an altitude, that would be affected by the flood - so by now it...

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  • Safety regulations

    Be sure to know the safety regulations and how to use your life vest! Just in case - although the chances of having to use this knowledge are low!!!

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Yangzi What to Pack

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    by tini58de Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: a cruise on a fine ship like this calls for fancy clothes - one would think!
    Travelling with a backpack didn't give me so much choice - and I was happily surprised, that casual clothing was just fine! A nice silk scarf tor the Captain's Dinner made my T-Shirt look a little fancier and that was it!

    Since we spent lots ot time on deck and on excursions, warm clothes, gloves, and good shoes were much more important to me!!!

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    by tini58de Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Going on a cruise of the Yangzi definitely is a fabulous way of experiencing this impressive river!

    Going upstream from Shanghai to Chongqing takes about 9 - 10 days including off shore excursions to places like Nanjing, the fabulous Huang Shan, Wuhan, the lesser three gorges just to name a few!

    Many cruises start in Wuhan or even a little north of Wuhan and show you the absolute highlights within 3 days, but if time permits, I would suggest the full tour and I would suggest going upstream, too!

    the Victoria V somewhere along the Yangzi
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