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  • Day9

    Last night on Victoria Anna

    April 1, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After a nice stroll along a city park where we were greeted with great curiosity and lots of stares and a few friendly hellos, Janet and I returned to the ship where we chilled till dinner time, just talking with new friends (a very nice group of people- one of the things I really enjoy about Gate 1 trips).

    Had the Captains dinner tonight. Our servers are two of the nicest young ladies with fantastic smiles, that make dinner an enjoyable experience.
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  • Day9

    Jade Emperor Temple

    April 1, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    A rather kitschy representation of the Buddha and an actual little town built up around this area which reminds me of Gatlinburg or something. Would have preferred what they originally had on the itinerary. A bit more info on Fengdu and how it survived the rising flood waters caused by the Three Gorges Dam can be found here. Actually the city had to be relocated to the other side of the river. http://discovery.cathaypacific.com/a-chinese-ghost-town-resurrected/Read more

  • Day13

    Dazu Rock Carvings

    September 9, 2019 in China ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Long and complicated day of travel today! We were heading for Dazu Rock Carvings, a world heritage site in an out of the way place, and then heading on to the city of Chongqing. Very early start, still dark, and early enough that the subway wasn't even running yet! Though it starts up surprisingly late, not until after 6:30am. So we got a cab out to the immense Chengdu East railway station on the edge of town. High speed train for an hour, where we hopped off and got a super local bus. This was the kind of bus that had people carrying live chickens, sacks of vegetables and so on. Haven't really seen that before in China, though it's common in other parts of Asia.

    We were on this bus for about 90 minutes to the town of Dazu, where we changed to another bus to the actual rock carvings site, about 15 minutes north of town. Although we had the route planned out in advance, I think the best thing I did while here was downloading Baidu Maps - essentially the Chinese version of Google Maps. It's entirely in Chinese, but you can decipher enough of the information to find what you need.

    So we made it to the rock carvings site by about 10:30am. Unfortunately the museum was closed on Mondays, but the carvings themselves are always open. Lucky for us, as the carvings were magnificent. Located in a U-shaped valley, there were about 20 immense panels of Buddhist sculpture 8-10 metres high, and some of them 15-20 metres long. Stories of Buddha's life, his teachings, depictions of noble and peasant life in the 12th century when it was carved, and a spectacular Thousand Hand Buddha. Most of the figures were brightly painted, and we really enjoyed the whole site.

    There was another group of carvings nearby, but it would require the bus back to town, then a multi-kilometre walk and since it was threatening rain and we had all of our luggage, we decided against it. Grabbed some street vendor noodles, then got the bus back into town looking for the long distance bus station.

    As you'd expect, there were two terminals in Dazu, with no real indication (to us at least) which one was which. So of course we went to the wrong one first, and had to walk a kilometre to the other one! But luckily enough there was a coach for Chongqing leaving in five minutes, so we grabbed our tickets and scurried on.

    Couldn't tell you what the scenery was like on the drive from Dazu to Chongqing, as I went to sleep almost immediately and stayed that way for the entire 2.5 hour drive! Pretty much as we turned into the bus station in Chongqing it started bucketing down with rain, absolutely torrential sheets. The sort of rain where you get drenched in the three steps between the bus and shelter.

    Waited a bit for it to slacken then caught the subway into central Chongqing and our hotel. A bit tricky to find since reception was on the fourth floor and there were multiple entrances. The lower floors were all taken up with child care businesses and it was school pickup time, so it was rather crowded!

    Hotel was okay but not great, and after a bit of relaxing we headed out for dinner. Lots of street food nearby, so we grabbed some dumplings and spicy noodles before heading to bed. Another early start tomorrow!
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  • Oct13

    Fengdu Fog

    October 13, 2019 in China ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    The city of Fengdu is almost completely obscured by smog on this Sunday afternoon. Though the temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I still see coal smoke rising from many private homes.

  • Day9

    Yang Tse Cruise: Day 1

    August 17, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    We had decided to go on the optional morning trip to Fengdu, the ghost city. Up bright and early, it was quite hot, we landed on the coast and walked up. The trip was a little silly, more fur children, full of vampire puppets and paper scheletons. Oleg enjoyed it though. We walked up to the pagoda, where these huge sculptures were and heard the story of Mr. Hell and Mr. Door, who founded the town, went to Nirvana together (suspicious..) and the place was called the Door to Hell. Still puzzled by the story but the Chinese really lapped it up.
    Then we went back on the ship for lunch, quick nap in our lovely air-conditioned cabin then left again on the afternoon trip to see an ancient pagoda over the drunken bridge.
    Our guide was a sweet lady who made me a little sad, telling us about the thousand year old town that was completely gone when the 3 gorges dam was built. It was so incredibly hot that I honestly think I have never felt anything like it, must have been close to 50 degrees. When we got off the ship and our guide shows is the pagoda high up on the hills, more than half the people stopped out of the tour. Stoic Bianca went chasing after her son instead. There were a lot of sad looking old people and tiny children trying to sell little nothings and chanting. This town has nothing, it lives on tourism so you can imagine how they get by. The only tourism is the rushed tour coming from the cruises, always too busy to stop.
    The town was quite nice and to reach the pagoda you had to pass along the Drunken Bridge, a larger version of a suspended bridge that was nearly 200 meters long and quite scary to walk on. It's called the drunken bridge because you walk on it as if you were drink, and you must try not to look down at your feet and the gaps through which you can see a high chasm. The pagoda itself has 9 levels and then 2 more. I made it up, quite proud of myself, the steps were wooden, narrow and very steep but it was worth it. Beautiful. We took cable cars to go part of the way, it was just so hot.
    Back to our boat, we arrived in time for dinner. After dinner there were dances by the crew, some really nice ones from local minorities. Then we left to go sit in the quiet of the starboard deck to watch the stars and the Riverside go by. Lovely and peaceful. After, our group came up and told us that Oleg was on stage dressed as a chicken laying eggs.. I'm sorry to have missed this!
    We stayed out and talked and then went to bed.
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  • Day10

    Yang Tse Cruise: Day 2

    August 18, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    Early wake up to go on a morning trip to see the pagoda of the White Emperor, and the temple of the blood of the there reigns. Yes, we saw the movie before leaving and it was amazing to actually be there and see the places for ourselves
    This trip was indeed interesting, the scenery was breathtaking. There were a lot of propone but it was a nice, relatively cool walk in the leafy green.
    Certainly worth the extra money.
    Back fur an early lunch and in the afternoon we went on the best trip of all, a truly magical boat trip (we landed and moved to smaller boats) into narrow side rivers and high gorges. Our lovely guide also told us a lot about the story of their town, an ancient fishing village of less than 1000 people who lost their living when the Three Gorges Dam raised the level of the river by 130 meters, inundated their houses forever and sank them under mud and turned the renowned Blue River into brown must sludge. Now they also live on tourism, what little they get, and live on the renowned mountains. They sang us a song on plastic rafters and we clapped and bought some dried flowers. I'm still thinking about them in their mountain village community dreaming of what they lost and caring so much for their land that they refused to leave, even after they lost everything.
    That last evening, the ship's crew showed a film about the ram but we eat outside on the deck and watched the world lazily go by.
    We sent Oleg to bed earlier, he was playing with some Chinese kids, but when we went back to our cabin we woke him to stand on our balcony and watch the ship arrive in the docks at Yichang, it was quite something.
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  • Day23

    Kurzer Rundgang durch Fengji

    August 31, 2016 in China ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Während unsere chinesischen Mitpassagiere ihren Ausflug zur Weißen Kaiserstadt machen, bleiben wir zunächst an Bord.

    Unser Reiseleiter organisiert dann aber auf seine Verantwortung für uns die Möglichkeit ebenfalls das Schiff zu verlassen. Da fast alle an Land gehen möchten, begleitet er uns und zeigt uns die Highlight der Ortschaft. Fenji gehört organisatorisch zu Chongqing.

    Allerdings müssen wir zunächst 249 Stufen erklimmen um in die Stadt zu kommen. Dort sehen wir ein Denkmal für verschiedenste chinesische Dichter, ein Stück Stadtmauer, das allerdings neu gebaut ist, eine Halle und eine Pagode.

    Diese Pagode ist die Pagode des schulischen und beruflichen Erfolgs. Wer vor einer schweren Prüfung steht, kann hierher kommen und für Erfolg besten. Es werden dann 3 Räucherstäbchen in die Opferschale gesteckt. Das linke für die Familie. Das rechte für die Feinde. Und das mittlere für die Person selbst.

    Dann geht es auch schon zurück, wieder vorbei an Verkaufsständen mit verschiedensten getrockneten Fischen, an Bord.
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  • Day24

    Besichtigung der Steinschatzpagode

    September 1, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Schon wieder gibt es um 7 Uhr Frühstück. Treffpunkt für den nächsten Ausflug ist 8 Uhr.

    Die Rote Pagode oder Steinschatzpagode befindet sich in Shi Bao Zhai. Der Legende nach hat eine Göttin versucht mit bunten Steinen im Himmel das Ozonloch zu verschließen. Dabei ist ihr ein Stein auf die Erde gefallen. Da dieser Stein ja ein besonderer Schatz ist, haben die Menschen eine Pagode darauf gebaut.

    Aufgrund des Staudammes ist das Wasser so hoch gestiegen, dass der ehemalige Berg mit einer Mauer umfasste werden musste, damit das Wasser bei Höchststand mich in den Tempel hineinläuft.

    Der Weg zur Pagode soll beschwerlich sein, das ist Teil der Religion und sozusagen das erste Opfer, deswegen hat man eine schwingende Holzbrücke hinüber gebaut. Die Pagode ist eine gemischt buddhistische und taoistische Pagode. Es finden sich Buddha - Elemente und Elemente, die den ewig lebenden Menschen zeigen.

    Da die Pagode oben auf dem Stein steht musste man früher an Ketten hinaufklettern. Da das den Leuten zu mühsam geworden ist, haben sie eine Treppenkonstruktion gebaut. Die Konstruktion hat die Form eines Phönixschwanzes - unten breit, oben schmal und nach unten ausschwingend. In 9 (heilige Zahl) Etagen winden sich Zickzack Holztreppen/-leitern hinauf.

    Oben angekommen schließen sich mehrere Hallen an. Unter anderem eine Halle des Jadekaisers und eine der Jadekaiserin. Über eine neue betonierte Steintreppe (die heutigen Menschenmassen bewältigt die Phönixtreppe nur als Einbahnstraße) geht es wieder hinunter und durch den Ort zurück aufs Schiff.

    Entlang des Weges stehen sehr viele Verkaufsstände. Aber die Menschen sind sehr freundlich. Sie verkaufen typische touristische Andenken, aber auch Kunsthandwerkliches und Lebensmittel. Am Fluss beobachten wir Frauen (und auch einzelne Männer), die Wäsche waschen. "Sänftenträger" bieten ihre Dienste an. Ein Schiff wird mit Säcken beladen, die Säcke werden von Männern auf den Schultern eine steile Treppe herab getragen. Alles in alles scheinen die Menschen hier kein leichtes Leben zu haben.
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  • Day23

    Durchquerung der Wu-Schlucht

    August 31, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Diese Schlucht ist die zweite Schlucht der drei Schluchten. Den Aussagen der verschiedenen Reiseleiter nach, ist sie die schönste Schlucht.

    Wir werden etwa 2 Stunden brauchen um diese etwa 40 km lange Schlucht zu durchqueren. Unser Schiffsguide weist uns auf verschiedene Höhlen an den Hängen der Schlucht hin.

    Außerdem passieren wir die Provinzgrenze, die mit einer Boje markiert ist. Außerdem mündet hier ein weiterer Nebenfluss in den Yangtze. Nach der Grenze befinden wird uns in der Provinz Chongqing. Die Provinz Chongqing und die regierungsunmittelbare Stadt Chongqing haben ein wärmeres Klima. Im Sommer können über 40° erreicht werden.

    Im Bereich der 3 Schluchten gibt es sehr viele Kohlevorkommen. Die abgebaute Kohle wird per LKW über kriminell wirkende Serpentinen zu einem Kohlespeicher gebracht, von dem aus die Kohle über den Yangtze weitertransportiert wird. 30% des Einkommens der Region wird über Kohle erzielt.

    Früher, bevor der Staudamm gebaut wurde, mussten Boote von Treidlern gezogen werden. Die Treidler zogen das Boot meist praktisch nackt, da der Treidelweg nicht immer am Land, sondern manchmal auch im Wasser verlief.

    Eine faszinierende Landschaft begleitet uns auf unserem Weg durch die Schlucht.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Chongqing Shi, Chongqing, Municipalité de Chongqing, 重庆市

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