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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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
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!!more
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...more
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!!!
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!