Shanghai via Yichang
31.03.2005 - 02.04.2005
Thu 31 After a big breakfast in the hotel we are transferred to the Yangzi River cruise boat the MV Victoria 7. We will be on board for two and half days and travel 600 Km E. The boat sails down the Yangzi, very wide, very dirty (silt mainly) and very busy with all manner of rivercraft. Stop at Fengdu in the afternoon for a shore excursion to the "Ghost City". Tourist attraction, 1000s of steps, Jen's side not too good we do part of it and sit out the rest. After dinner a fashion show by the crew Tony knocked out of musical chairs in the 2nd round!
Fri 1 April. Early morning on deck as we pass through the Qu Tang and later the Wu gorge and Goddess Peak. All along the river we see preparations for the flooding from the big dam, water level will rise about 30 meters. After lunch an excursion to the Shennong Stream, isolated minority people breathtaking scenery. Late afternoon the Xiling gorge followed by dinner then a movie on the construction of the 3 Gorges Dam Project. Enter the locks at the 3 Gorges Dam Project too dark to see any detail, trip through the locks takes about 3 hours. Tied up for the night.
Sat 2 Tour of the Dam Project so big it would take books to write about it and back to the boat to Yichang. Chartered minibus takes us to lunch ashore then on to the airport and the 17:30 flight to Shanghai (1000 Km E).