Category: China


         

        Yes, the Yangtze river cruise. We embarked Victoria Cruise ship Selina from Yichang to Chongqing (almost). The boat  wasn’t exactly 5 star looking but it wasn’t too old and decent-sized for the number of passengers expected on board. The rooms we just enough (especially since I had my own room hehe) and had their own balconies. I had to keep in mind that this was a river cruise not one of those bigger cruise ships at times though as I was looking at the food choices which were modest but sufficient enough.

Like at the hotel we stayed at in Shanghai, some things we served constantly each day in the breakfast, lunch, and dinner sometimes so you pretty much acquired a taste for rice, fried noodles, steamed buns,and some sort of steamed or fried vegetable combo but if you like chicken, beef, pork, or fish with your meal then you would’ve been content with how they prepared it for lunch and dinner. The ship consisted of mostly Chinese, French (Canadians), UK and American tourists.
                                                
 One of the three excursions we got to participate in was the Three Gorges Dam, which was pretty dam big (Get it?! dam?…’cause it’s a…ok I’m sorry.). Boy I was not prepared for the persistence and aggressiveness of the vendors along the dock (and the same lady made sure to be there and picked me out EXACTLY when our bus returned close to the dock, they don’t play).

Sorry, it was raining and I was on the move

                                   
Next was the Daning River ferry boat ride through the lesser gorges, where our guide pointed out a “hanging coffin”  to us (they are coffins up high on the edge of caves in the gorges/mountains, how those people got up there to do that they still haven’t figured it out) and a sampan ride on the Ma Du River to the mini gorges. The sampan ride was my favorite as you could really get the feel of the scenery and up close view through the gorges. There were small waterfalls and the water itself was a lot fresher looking than the Yangtze water itself. Someone said they spotted a monkey but I didn’t see it…:(.

     Lastly, was Fengdu, or “Ghost City”. Stories of monsters, torments, and the like painted the city. The area around the temple was pretty but some of those depictions of what happened to bad folks in the other realm was kind of creepy, to say the least.

***Warning: graphic photo ahead…

It forever rained during our stops

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Overall I enjoyed the cruise,except for one part: The dock at Chongqing was flooded and the other passengers to board next were stranded over night so we had to cut our cruise short and we were herded off that night by bus to Chongqing, which took 3 and 1/2 hours. But what upset me the most is that they had “hired”(and I use that term VERY lightly) locals to carry up luggage back and forth from the ship to the buses, going up lots of steps by tying the luggage to, wait for it…LARGE STICKS!!! What kind of crap is that?! Victoria cruises needed to stop being cheap and provide a better way of transit than that instead of exploiting those people. I would’ve carried my own bag if I had of known ahead of time what they were gonna do! Needless to say my tips went to the locals.

Stay tuned for my review of Xi’an, home of the Terra Cotta Warriors!!!

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China in Review: Prelude

Boy, I tell you it went by quick!!!!

So much happened in those 2 weeks, and although there were some rough patches here and there (mainly due to the travel company we used, but I’ll get into detail about that later) , it was a great trip to China. Still suffering from jet lag, a cold, and playing catch up in school work, I have decided to break it down into reviews by the cities, cruise, and tour company we used followed by my overall impression spread out over the next few weeks. For now, enjoy this pic of this man on a bike in Shanghai til I get my thoughts together!!