Down River

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Like an increasing number of public places in China the cabin was non-smoking but like most Chinese I've seen my 3 fellow cabin mates decided to ignore it so I fought my way through a fog of stinking smoke to enjoy the luxury of another cold shower.

Seeing the Yangzi by daylight (the boat left at 8pm) the white water level signs, indicating the height the river would rise to once the controversial Three Gorges Dam is complete, could be clearly seen dotted all along the river bank. Almost no buildings were below this point with most trees under it already having been cut down and probably turned into more disposable chopsticks. We wondered how many buildings were already under the water after the first flooding and could see plenty of paths and steps leading into the river clearly ending someway beneath the water now.

The boat made a few stops today at some temples with high 'tour' entry fees none of which tempted myself or the Intrepid group off the boat since the only way off at this point was paying for the tours.

Due to our imprisonment on the boat we all got together for a few games of cards in one of the cabins while constantly snacking on range of tasty but peculiar Chinese snacks and nuts that Suzie, the Chinese Intrepid tour leader, produced along with enough beer to sink the boat we were on.

Suzie came to the rescue again come dinner time (wish she was my personal tour guide) by ordering a range of dishes from the boat's restaurant since there was no English menu or helpful pictures. The food as actually pretty good no where near the rip-off we all expected it to be with it only coming to a little over 1 GBP per head - still loving this exchange rate.

Feeling like we ought to do something today and wanting to escape the boat for a bit we stepped off at the final stop for the day at another temple which none of actually entered as well got side tracked in the quest to stock up on more munchies and beers at the stalls obviously set up to cater for the hungry masses off the tourist boats.

Back in my cabin I watched a little TV or at least had to as that is all one of my fellow cabin mates seemed to do all day - and I thought we did little.
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