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Chongqing

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26 travelers at this place:

  • Day7

    Chill Out und Schluchten

    August 26 in China

    Wieder früh geweckt.... Um 6:30 erklingt wieder Musik aus den Lautsprechern.
    Schnell frühstücken und dann steht auch schon die Fähre am Schiff, welche uns durch 3 Schluchten von einem Nebenfluss des Yangtze führt. Sehr schöne Gesteinsformationen erwarten uns.

    Was uns aber auffällt ist, dass es kaum Tiere gibt... Keine grossen Vögel oder ähnliches. Anscheinend gibt es in den Wäldern Affen, Hirsche und Schlangen.

    Wir sehen auch noch eine ganz alte Beerdigung-Methode. Ein Sarg der schon seit Jahrzehnten im Felsen auf Bambus Rohren steht. Da fragt man sich wie die damals den dahin bekommen haben. Die Schluchten sind echt schwer zugänglich.

    Nach einer Stunde erreichen wir unser Zwischenziel und werden auf kleine Holzboote umsteigen. Unsere lokale Tourguide Sophie singt uns da dann noch ein Liedchen vor. Es wird uns auch gezeigt wie die Bootszieher bevor der Staudamm da war die Boote vom Land ziehen mussten da das Wasser maximal 1-2 Meter tief war... Seit der Staudamm gebaut wurde ist der Pegel nun auf 50Meter gestiegen. Es ist nun alles leichter schiffbar.
    40 Minuten werden wir herumgepaddelt ehe wir wieder auf der Fähre sind die uns zurück auf unser Schiff bringt.

    Danach gibt es Freizeit... Da passierte überhaupt nichts spannendes mehr, denn die Zeit nutzten wir um mal richtig zu chillen. Die Sonne haute einem so das Hirn weg dass man sich automatisch in der Kabine verkroch. Vom Balkon kann man ja auch so gut wie alles sehen.

    Lecker Abendessen und wieder die gemütliche 6er Runde und das war es auch schon mit dem Tag.

    Dreimal dürft ihr raten wann wir morgen wieder geweckt werden... Genau um 6:30... Somit guet Nacht
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  • Day8

    Pagode und letzter Ruhetag

    August 27 in China

    Wiedermal um 6:30 ertönte Musik... Allerdings haben wir den Lautsprecher ganz leise geschalten und uns lieber für unseren Wecker entschieden.
    Nach dem Frühstück ging es im Marsch zur Pagode die mit einer Hängebrücke zum Festland verbunden war. Die Pagode ist an den Felsen ran gebaut. Sehr interessant und auch sehr schwer zum rauf zu kommen. Ganz enge kleine Holzstufen sind in den 8 Etagen. Aber war schön das mal zu sehen. Oben hatte man dann einen super Blick auf die Gegend.

    Auf dem Rückweg kamen wir an vielen Souvenirständen vorbei... Mal mehr mal weniger schöne 😉 Es ist zwar erst halb Zehn... Aber die Luft steht schon und der Rücken tropft... Wahnsinn... So viel wie in diesem Urlaub habe ich noch nicht geschwitzt...

    Zurück auf dem Schiff saßen wir alle zusammen noch etwas an der Bar bis zum Mittagessen. Denn wir haben den Rest des Tages frei... Ruhe vor dem Sturm... Morgen wird es sicherlich stressiger.

    Am Abend mussten wir dann schon Koffer packen und vor 22 Uhr raus stellen... Diese werden nämlich nicht wir von Bord tragen müssen.. Aber wir fahren noch die Nacht... Kommen erst morgen früh in Chongqing an und da werden wir unser Schiff dann verlassen.

    Gute Nacht 🙃
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  • Day9

    The included excursion took us to Goddess Stream, one hour by ferry then 1.5 hour by small 30-seat boat, floating past Palm Peak and Shangsheng Peak. We were able to get a photo of Goddess Peak on the way back as the clouds dispersed and blue sky appeared.

    Now having trouble with wifi and VPN so hope that we can reconnect later. Aaaand we’re back. Probably difficult to connect due to the high mountains.Read more

  • Day10

    This morning’s tour to the Red Pagoda has been postponed as there is dense fog. It has lifted slightly since early this morning but not enough for the tour. Tour began at 8:40, only 40 minutes late. To get there we passed women doing laundry in the Yangtze River, walked along a street lined with vendors and had to cross a swinging bridge. The pagoda is 10 stories high. Climbed the whole thing. It contains statues of various gods. Thankfully the way down is outside on stone steps. Much easier going down.

    Had time to shop on the way back. The barter system is alive and well here. I paid 40 yuan for something that later a vendor offered to me for half the price even though I had bartered considerably.
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  • Day10

    Fengdu on our own

    April 2 in China

    It is not encouraged to leave the ship on your own. I fact you have to sign a waiver that says you will not obey the docking safety rules by leaving the ship on your own. We were told we would have to wait an hour past the time of the paid excursion departure. When we arrived to receive our boarding passes, the story changed to 1.5 hours because the tour was delayed.

    As it turned out that tour returned to the ship after 7 pm, the time the Captain’s dinner was supposed to begin.

    There seem to be many itinerant workers or perhaps immigrants from the provinces who sleep in dormitory-like rooms where the cots are lined up one after the other. They have built a tourist centre and a new ‘ancient village’ that are to be populated by various types of shops. Some are already with the Usual souvenirs and noodle shops. Would be interested in trying the soup they serve but don’t want to chance it. Lots of rules posted in various locations. Doesn’t seem to stop the littering.

    The food photo is from the final dinner onboard. Mystery meat at its finest.
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  • Day11

    Chongqing to Xi'an

    April 3 in China

    Chongqing means double happiness, population 33 million people. Covers 82,000km. City centre alone has 10 million people. 80,000 buildings in this city are over 33 floors tall. Weather is humid and hazy because it is surrounded by mountains. Temperature in the summer is regularly 38 - 40 C. They sell 2,000 cars every day. The subway is over 90 m underground and there is only one subway line. However there is a very efficient monorail system.

    The oldest panda they have found was 38. They do not reproduce u til they are 5 years old. If they are sent to zoos abroad and have babies, they must be returned to China when they are two years old.

    The zoo covers 48 hectares. The pandas eat all day long. I think the red pandas are cuter. Also saw hippos and rhinos and various monkeys.

    People along the Yangtze eat more noodles as wheat is more prevalent than rice. People in the mountains eat more potatoes.

    The city has 25 bridges and they are building 10 more at the moment.

    Mortgage interest is 5% and an apartment costs 1.5 million yuan (5 yuan per Cdn $)

    Lunch at a Sichuan restaurant as Chongqing used to be part of Sichuan province.

    Another hour bus ride to the airport where we arrived at 1:15 for our 3:40 flight. We are able to go through a group check in so that gives us seats together if we wish. They don’t air condition the airports as for them it isn’t hot yet. We are quite warm as for us 31C is pretty darn hot.

    The fight was to have left at 3:40, but didn’t until 4:30. Arrived in Xi’an at 5:30 but are still sitting in the plane. Their rules are very strict but it seems no one obeys them. Snack provided was dried peas and fruit leather. Thank goodness they handed out whole bottles of water as we had been rather thirsty after lunch. The Pringles Vic bought smell like lard and the flavour slightly sweet though they are labeled ‘barbecue’.

    Luggage retrieval is wonderful. By the time we arrived at the terminal, our luggage was on the carousel. Our local guide Mary met us and led us to the Golden Dragon bus.

    Xi’an is a city of 10 million people. It is the city of noodles or food made with wheat, people don’t really like rice here, also not good place to grow rice.

    King Yo 11 centuries ago began the use of chopsticks by using his wife’s hair sticks to eat. Too hungry to wait for the food to cool down.

    Xi’an is the beginning of Silk Road.

    47 universities in this city. Holiday Inn has their reception area on the 5th floor as well as the breakfast area.
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  • Day14

    Shibaozhai

    September 15, 2017 in China

    This morning we disembark and fight our way through the myriad of stalls and vendors desperate to sell their goods. Items with an initial price of 160 yuan often end up at bargain prices such as 20-30 yuan After a 15min walk we arrive at the "shaky bridge" a very rickety bridge leading to the Red Pagoda. It is situated atop an 80m rock, built in the 1800 and containing not a single nail. A precarious climb up to the 9th level rewards a spectacular view. Captain's Farewell Banquet tonight.Read more

  • Day9

    Red Pagoda

    April 2 in China

    Excursion to the Red Pagoda. Ninety nine steps to the top.
    The red wooden 12 story pagoda rises stunningly against a 30 meter (100 foot) high rock outcropping along the banks of the Yangtze River.

    The tall pagoda is the most interesting part of the Shibaozhai Temple. It consists of two sections: The lower one is a nine story edifice that abuts the rock outcropping. The upper section sits on top of the outcropping (where the temple buildings reside).

    The nine story section is not a free-standing building. Its architects designed it to lean against the rock outcropping for its support. Without it, the section would topple over.

    The Shibaozhai pagoda structure was built without nails.
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  • Day9

    Fengdu on our own

    April 2 in China

    Went ashore on our own but what a process to get off the boat. Had to sign a waiver (see picture) that states “since I’m not willing to follow dock safety rules of no disembarkation by ourselves.....”. Interesting street food which I would love to have tried but don’t want to take any chances to spoil my vacation.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Chongqing Shi, Chongqing, Municipalité de Chongqing, 重庆市

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