Chongquin to Yichang
23.06.2010 - 23.06.2010 26 °C
Departed 10am downstream -1st stop Fengdu, known as "The Ghost City' 176kms en-toute. Let me tell you it is not a ghost town. All these towns are massive, everything here is massive, bridges, the road system WOW!!! it is unbelievable!!!.
Went on the tour to Ming Mountain to see the ghost city - a collection of Buddhist and Taoist temples. John finished up not coming as there was a lot of walking although there was a chair lift up near the top. He had the flu. Highlights??? of this tour included -Ghost Torturing Pass, Last Glance to Home Tower, No Way Out Bridge, and The river of Blood. All or lots of these 50000 people had to be relocated because of The 3 Gorges Dam and now the Fengdu township is on the other dide of the river and now has 100000 people.
That evening the Captain put on a cocktail party and then after dinner there was a "show' - "Fashions through the Ages' -the most beautiful costuming.
Next morning after brekkie went up on top deck while we passed throught the Qutang Gorge, 8 kms long and took 30 mins to pass through. it was quite majestic, with precipitous cliffs, and spectacular scenery.
After an early buffet lunch hopped on a ferry boat for 90 minutes to get through some of the smaller gorges.The water here was much cleaner and greener as the opposed to the muddy, turgid waters of the Yangtse - the water is low too in summer. Then we swapped again to smaller sampan type boats to get us into some Mini gorges along the Daning River. We wound our way along about 20kms - birds singing , monkeys chattering. In Misty Gorge there still is a "hanging coffin"suspended from 1000m up on the side of a cliff face. This was such fun!!!!
That evening we spent some time on observation deck passing through the Xzilling Gorge, pst Godess Peak and then a Farewell Banquet followed by a Cabaret.
About 10.30pm started passing through the first of 5 massive locks - most impressive!!!!! The overall length is 6442m but won't bore you with the details. got tired of sitting up on our balcony watching 'cos it is sooooo slow and time-consuming so finally gave it away and went to bed.
In the morning the boat tied up and they loaded us all onto buses and took us to have a look at the Three Gorges Project. There are 26 powerhouses 700mw each unit. Lots and lots of security and although we got near the locks and the wall and the hydro-electric plants that was it. John was simply enthralled though.