The Three Gorges Cruise!!

Trip Start May 09, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Saturday, May 26, 2012

There weren't too many dramas on the bus journey to the boat, besides being very hot and playing a peculiar, slightly pornographic film called "Bitch Slap" to keep us entertained along the way, we got the harbor in good time, we carried our entire luggage to the boat and finally got to collapse in our cabins for 20 minutes before it was time for dinner. The cabins were basic but comfortable. I was quite excited about spending the night on a boat as this was a first for us both. Dinner was basic Chinese food (its ok, I had my favorite biscuits in the room) and after dinner we all met on the top deck to crack open a few beers and waited for the boat to finally start moving. It was a lovely evening just chilling out with the group.

The next morning we were woken up at 6.30am by some very loud and annoying music playing out in our room, a wakeup call for the Chinese tourist who had an additional tour that they had to get up early for. Our group did not need to get up until after 9am, none of us were particularly pleased to hear this blaring out in our room, especially after the beers we had the night before. It finally stopped half hour later but it was already too late, I was up! I looked out of our window only to see another boat parked directly next to us so we ventured outside to the top deck to get a clearer view of the Yangtse River. It was quite entertaining watching the other boats try and maneuver around, they blasted their horn (scared the life out of me every time!) to signal that they were moving and then played a game of bumper boats, just smashing into the back of other boats and moving on!

Later on that day after sailing down the first gorge, we swapped to a smaller boat to sail down the small gorges. We shared the boat with some Chinese tourist who seemed to take more pictures of us than they did the scenery. Along the way we saw the hanging coffins, it was said that the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts and also bless the soul eternally! Around every corner was a beautiful picture opportunity. We swapped boats again to an even smaller boat to visit the mini gorges! The scenery was breathtaking, and would have been so peaceful had it not been for the most annoying guide in the world. He had a microphone clipped to his belt, on full volume, yet he decided to yell everything he said in Chinese. I had to cover my ears it was so loud. Also, some of the other tourists wanted to take pictures at the front of the boat, this boat was tiny and one little movement rocked the boat greatly, but they didn’t care, even if it meant practically sitting on me to get a picture! Thankfully we made it back to our main boat without anyone falling in! We continued our journey that evening with a few more beers and a pot of noodles, waiting for the infamous Chinese disco that never came, needless to say I gave up and went to bed!

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