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Hubei

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42 travelers at this place:

  • Oct10

    Falling in Love Again

    October 10 in China ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    In Jingzhou we visited an elementary school, one of two schools in China adopted by Viking Cruises, which provides generous financial support. The children were charming! They began by presenting a little program that depicted their daily activities and finished by singing in English, “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands.” We visited in their classrooms, and I wrote in some of the children’s autograph books in English followed by a Chinese translation. In China students begin studying English in third grade, so none of our second graders had received any formal language instruction. Nevertheless, several of them said “hello” and followed up with, “It is good to meet you.” I returned the greeting in Chinese and told them that we were traveling on a big boat on the Yangtze River. The little girl who invited Glenda to her desk gave her a stylized drawing she had made for her. It is a pencil drawing of an abstraction resembling a stained glass window showing trees, lakes and meadows. Its quality is remarkable for a second grader. On the left hand side are characters reading, “I cannot dream of going to the place you have come from.” Following the characters was a sad face with a tear under each eye, then another sad face with two tears under each eye, and finally a sad face with three tears under each eye. Our meeting these second graders was a high point of our trip. They were so precious that everyone on our tour fell in love with these wonderful children.Read more

  • Oct10

    Jingzhou City Wall

    October 10 in China ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

    Three friends who lived about the time of Jesus became so close that they claimed each other as brothers. Fortune shined upon them, and they became very successful. Eventually one declared himself to be the governor of this area. He built an earthen wall for defense. Around 1600 AD the emperor covered it with brick and stone. Now it is the focal point of a lovely park. The city converted it into a shimmering lake where residents come to revel in its beauty.Read more

  • Oct8

    China's Ancient Treasures

    October 8 in China ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Upon arriving at the Wu Han Provincial Museum, the first thing one notices is the building itself. Although it is a modern structure, it is built according to the style of the Han dynasty (1-400 AD). It is a lovely, symmetrical building housing the most valuable historic treasures of the People’s Republic of China. The most amazing part of the collection consists of artifacts from the burial site of Marquis Yi, who lived in the fifth century BC. Some notable exhibits showed a wine cooler chilled by ice, as well as the world’s first insulated ice box. One noteworthy exhibit showed glass beads and trinkets from the Middle East. From these scholars have concluded that there was a much more robust communication between China and the West during ancient times than previously believed. The most amazing exhibit displays a huge set of musical bronze bells. For hundreds of years the West has come to believe that all oriental music is based on the pentatonic scale. The bells of Marquis Yi, however, contain a twelve-tone scale complete with sharps and flats. Each bell produces two different tones, depending upon where the musician strikes it. This bell set is played by eight musicians. The players of the Marquis were buried with him when he died. Their eight skeletons, along with the chance discovery of an illustration showing the bells being played, revealed the manner in which this instrument was used. The original bells are rarely played. Their last performance occurred at the opening of the Bei Jing Olympics in 2008. An exact copy of these bell is played in concert every afternoon. We heard a performance of pieces ranging from ancient music through Beethoven’s Ode to Joy this afternoon in the museum ‘s modern and beautiful concert hall.Read more

  • Oct11

    Ambience

    October 11 in China ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    You might say that we have half a day off today. There are no excursions planned for this morning, and we will stay onboard the ship until we reach the Three Gorges this afternoon. On this fallow day I am aware of some intangibles, the general atmosphere you encounter when cruising down the Yangtze River. One of those intangibles is the humidity. We have found temperatures between 60 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit, but whatever the temperature, the humidity has been very high. There is a constant mugginess to the air, morning, noon or night. The air is never completely clear. There may be exceptional days when low humidity and bright sunshine bring a diamond clear day, but so far on our trip we have not seen one. Humidity and pollution combine to give the air a constant fogginess.

    Up to this point we have been on the lower Yangtze, where the land is flat and the river is busy with industrial ships, most carrying coal to China’s many coal-fired electricity producers. Over 70% of China’s electricity is still produced by coal. The use of this fossil fuel is one of the reasons for the high level of air pollution here. It seems that in China every building, bridge, sign, tower, and temple gleams with exterior lighting at night (and sometimes even throughout the day). Eastern China does not have dark skies, so it would not be a good place for astronomy. Today we are leaving the coastal plain and entering the foothills. Already I see fewer ships on the river. This is not to say our boat has no company on the waters, but merely that the river is not crowded as it has been since we left Wuhan. Beautiful mountains are beginning to show in the pre-dawn darkness. The mountains here are not the gently rising, rounded hills of the Appalachians, though. They are sharply pointed bumps on the terrain, steep, abrupt vertical spikes. The tops of distant ridges do not appear as undulating hills, but rather as jagged, black edges ripped from the sky by the hand of a giant. Becoming even more extreme as one heads west, the spiky quality increases until one reaches the mountains of Guilin, pure vertical spires pointing toward heaven. John Denver, in his song “Country Roads” speaks of the rounded hills of the Appalachians as a “Mountain Mama.” If that is so, then the abrupt spikes of the Tian Ji mountains definitely have a certain male-ness about them.

    We are going through the Xiling lock, so I’ll step outside to take some photos and check back later.
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  • Oct11

    Three Gorges Dam

    October 11 in China ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

    On a rainy Friday afternoon we visited the Three Gorges Dam, touted by the Chinese government to be the largest in the world. And it is, sort of. Though it is neither the longest nor the tallest, it contains the largest number of turbines (32) and produces more electricity than any other dam in the world. Begun in the 1980’s and finished in 2008, the dam is a wonder of engineering. Another wonder is how the project was approved. Requiring a two-thirds majority in the national legislature, the proposal to build the dam received a majority vote of 68%. Once the vote was completed, the Chinese government went ahead without wasting any time. Some problems were simply solved on the fly. The complex also contains a five-stage set of locks that raise or lower ships 300 meters to continue their journey on the river. Our ship will pass through these locks tonight. Whatever one may say about the communist government of China, once it decides to complete a project, it does not delay. From an engineer’s perspective, the structure is beautiful. It takes its place with four other dams on the Yangtze River to provide China with clean energy and to control the annual flooding of the river.Read more

  • Day7

    Three Gorges Dam

    March 30 in China ⋅ 🌧 54 °F

    Heading on a rainy day to the Dam. On a bus where I can’t hear the local Guide. Not good. Talking about his relatives selling oranges through WeChat and online. Oranges are big in this area

    This Dam is 6x the size of the Hoover Dam, the largest hydroelectric project ever attempted by man Many people were relocated to make room for this. Well over a 1.4 million people had to be relocated all over China. For a whole lot more info on the Dam check out this link - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2006/06/china-three-gorges-dam-how-big/

    This was definitely a day for muckers rained solid all day which made it hard for pics. Enormous number of people. On an avg day - 10,000. Highest number - 43000. I can’t imagine.

    Pics are going to be very hard to upload. Connection speeds for uploads are abysmal
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  • Day137

    2nd most beautiful place in China

    January 16 in China ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Zhangjiajie is the best (naturally) but the mountains covered with bits of snow with curvy roads and no tourists were extremely pleasurable. (Maybe it was more the company dunno haha). Had the pleasure of drinking heated coke haha and seeing a carrot the size of my head🤤! Love the cooked onion 😍!

  • Day113

    The English Corner

    December 23, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    I mean to be honest who doesn't like watching movies for free in a warm classroom very close to the dormatory on Sunday evening?☺️ Everyone does! But surprisingly the number of interested people isn't too many! This was definitely not a place to learn English for me but definitely worth going here just to meet some chill kids who are really curious totally to foreigners!🙂 The movie 'Searching' was quite different from the other movies and really fun! Nerds are def smarter than detectives :D!
    Woooow so many pictures! The confident Chinese kid Leooo, Mr.Skywalker, Oh boy oh boy the image of success in Africa, Ping Pang Qiu 🙂 and Ms.Handsome!
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  • Day121

    A new year (Chinese style)

    December 31, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    First time in Wuhan was it so crowded 😂! Beautiful snow, fun to dodge snowballs until one hits you of course! The usual KTV with nothing too different. Then it took about an hour to get to the escape room which was quite complicated 😶 (hard to understand Chinese clues) and food was great! :D They finally seem to be opening up 🙂.Read more

  • Day136

    Getting closer to a village

    January 15 in China ⋅ 🌙 -1 °C

    Feels like an eternity staying in another part of Hubei on the outskirts of Wuhan. It's hard to stay awake in the high speed train (speed seems directly proportional to the feeling of sleepiness). The family today of Lee Yue (Nicole) was so different from the previous one.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Hubei Sheng, Hubei, Хубей, Chu-pej, Province de Hubei, חוביי, 湖北省, 후베이 성, Хубэй, خۇبېي ئۆلكىسى, Hồ Bắc, 湖北

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