China
Hubei

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29 travelers at this place:

  • Day8

    Yangtze river cruise

    March 31, 2018 in China ⋅

    Arrived Here very late last night. Thankful for the fact that we remain more to here till the end of today. There are included excursions each day on this cruise, and you are also able to purchase optional Cruises. Breakfast begins at 6:30 with music piped through Speakers in your room followed by announcements in Chinese, English, French and German. If you aren’t up by now, you may miss breakfast as it is only served between 6:30 and 7:30.

    Free wifi in the lobby of the ship though you can purchase a package for your room. Photos of this ship do not show the wear and tear on the furniture and carpets. Public area carpets are clean and in good shape but the room carpets could use a very intense cleaning.

    Attended a Chinese medicine talk where Vic received acupuncture for his sore throat and Carolynne received acupuncture, cupping and massage for her sore knee.

    Wandered the ship, checking out the shops and lounge areas.

    Hand washed laundry as it costs $1 to wash a pair of socks. A little too much for my budget.

    Visited the Three Gorges Dam, the largest Hydro-electric dam in The world. Back to the hotel in time got a quick shower before dinner and the captain’s welcome reception which included sparkling wine and dancing.
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  • Day13

    Shennong Stream

    September 14, 2017 in China ⋅

    This morning we transferred to another boat to cruise up the first of the Three Gorges. Hard to believe that so many villages and farmers were displaced when the Gorges were flooded during the dam building process. Very reminiscent of Fiordland, but without the beautiful waterfalls and clean water! Such a shame to see the amount of rubbish floating down the Yangtze. After 1hr we stopped at the information centre for the usual shopping opportunity and show. Back on board our boat, early afternoon we entered the Wu Gorge, the second Gorge. The Qutang Gorge is the last of the Three Gorges and the shortest at 5 miles long. Later in the afternoon, some local fishermen pulled up alongside and tried to sell some of their catch.Read more

  • Day11

    Shanghai to Wuhan

    September 12, 2017 in China ⋅

    A welcome sleep in this morning. Pick up at 11am for our drive to the airport for a 2pm flight to Wuhan. Tour guide Cindy met us at the airport, then began a 5hr drive to Yichang then Xiling Gorge to join the boat. Dinner had been arranged by our guide at a restaurant an hour or so out of Yichang. Different countryside on the way - more rice paddies. The boat was a welcome sight after our long trip. We took a cable car down to the ship as the river is lower than the road. Finally into bed around 11pm.Read more

  • Day12

    Xiling Gorge

    September 13, 2017 in China ⋅

    Woke up this morning to find another boat tied up alongside - strange to be able to look into other cabin windows! After breakfast we took a tour up to the Xiling Gorge Dam project. Very impressive. Many ships were waiting patiently to go through the locks at the dam. Unfortunately we didn't get the opportunity to see any boats go up the boat lift. Then a very enjoyable afternoon relaxing on the boat.Read more

  • Day6

    Sat Mar 31 .. Cruise ship Yichang

    March 31, 2018 in China ⋅

    Arrived at the ship at 130am. Had a  nightcap with  Vic.   Tried to sleep in but ship announcement woke us at 645. Relaxed. Went to a  Chinese acupuncture demonstration. Very interesting. Had lunch then went to 3 gorges dam. Also very interesting. Checked out the ship. Went to the Captain's welcome reception. Done!!Read more

  • Day7

    Three Gorges

    August 2, 2017 in China ⋅

    Alarm set for 6.45 am to see us go into the first ship lock of the Gezhouba Dam. Quite a sight to see. Once through this we entered the Xiling Gorge - the scenery changed from flat landscapes and high rised towers to spectacular greenery and rock formations along with houses nestled in the hillsides. We learnt that there are no trades in this this picturesque area and that many family members go elsewhere to work and send money home.

    After lunch the boat moored and we headed over to the Three Gorges Dam Project. This opened in 2008 and is the world's largest generator of electrical power from a renewable sourse. The dam is 8000ft and 6000 ft wide - and visiable from space. The estimated cost to build is US$28 billion - and over a million people were displaced when it was built. It really is an amazing site to see. Added to this we experienced the hottest day so far - temperatures soared to 46 degrees plus - thank goodness for air conditioning on the coach!

    As we head to midnight now, we have just left to go through the dam consisiting of 4 stepped locks that will take over three hours to navigate - there are normally 5 locks but one is not in use at the moment. We are off to watch the start of this now!
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  • Day5

    Wuhan

    July 31, 2017 in China ⋅

    The boat stayed at Wuhan overnight and we disembarked to got to see the Hubei Museum. This is normally closed on a Monday but Viking has some power and it was opened especially for us! It was great to have the place to ourselves without having to jostle for a place by the exhibits. Here we learnt about Marquis Yi's tomb and all its contents (lots of bronze and jade!). Think the Chinese version of Tutankhamun, this 2400 year old tomb was discovered in 1978 by the miltary. Not unlike the Egyptian process of buriel, Yi was buried with his many favourite belongings and his concubines, musicians and dog (all buried alive). Of particular significance are the 64 Hubei bells.

    Following an excellent tour by our guide, Richard we were treated to a performance on a replica set of the Hubei bells with musicians in traditional costume and dancers. Fabulous!

    Upon returning to the boat, we enjoyed lunch and then it was time for the mandatory evacuation drill, snooze, relax and then a welcome drink at the Captain's reception! By this time, we had set sail en-route to the Three Gorges.
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  • Day4

    Wuhan

    July 30, 2017 in China ⋅

    Flight number 3! Good bye Shanghai, hello Wuhan! En route to the boat, we had a visit to the Gui Yuan Temple - the only surviving temple from the Cultural Revolution. This gave us amazing views over the Yangzi river and also the famous Yellow Crane tower in the distance. Then onto the boat almost minus Martin who went AWOL much to our tour gudes distress - he hasn't lost a punter yet!

    Then onto the boat for the cruise portionof our holiday and home for the next 6 nights.
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  • Day6

    Wuhan

    August 1, 2017 in China ⋅

    After a few busy days it was nice to have a lie in. Today it was Pam and Martin's 25th wedding anniversay and we also celebrated Debbie and Steve's too (it was really in April but the holiday is to celebrate both!).

    Debbie went off to have her nails done whilst Pam, Martin and Steve went off to become fluent in Mandarin in just an hour! We have excellent pronunciation now of Ni Hao - that's Hello!!

    After lunch and to continue the Chinese theme we learnt how to play Majhong. Lots of rules, funny words and tiles - we kind of managed to play!

    The trip normally involves a visit to the local primary school sponsored by Viking but as it is the school holidays the children came to the boat instead. What a delightful hour of singing and dancing by the young children.

    Afterward we headed off to Jingzhou city wall - a lovely chance to stretch our legs and enjoy a walk in a city park (and also a rather wild golf buggy ride to return us to the coach!).

    Anniversaries were celebrated at dinner including being serenaded by the waiters who presented a cake. Afterwards we enjoyed some fizz in the bar with some fellow passengers who we have become friends with followed by Debbie and Pam hitting the dance floor!
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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 😍!

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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