For three days we took a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise. At 6,300 km it is the longest river in China, its river basin covers 1/5th of the country's territory.
We traveled only 650 km, seeing the diversity of China along the way.
Our ship was very comfortable and we enjoyed the quiet on the river.
The river was always busy but quiet.
Fully packed from top to bottom with new cars on a very smoggy morning.
Boats of all varieties. Can you see the tourist one?
And the scenery was ever changing. You can see the high watermark, it varies according to the controls at the dam.
There were several burial caves high up on the walls of the gorges, these were used in ancient times - and you can even see the stairs carved into the sides of the cliff.
We took a side excursion up the Shennong Stream, in the most rickety boats you have ever seen. They use the traditional methods of rowing, and pulling from the shore, to navigate the stream. Ours is the fancy one on the far right.
Just to prove we really did get into the boat!
Along the way we passed mountains covered with carpet bamboo, which is the natural habitat for the pandas.
Our wonderful, relaxing cruise, ended with our van breaking down on the side of the highway on our way to the airport, enroute to Shanghai.
We were there until well after dark, waiting for our replacement van. Amazingly, after our tour guide Adam checked us in to the flight on the side of the road, in the dark, with his cell phone; and then RUNNING through the airport following a China Eastern Airline staff member...we made the flight with a minute to spare.
It is all part of the adventure!
Posted by keithandhelen
Archived in China
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