March 22-24 Yangtze River - Continued
Trip Start Mar 15, 2007
11Trip End Mar 31, 2007
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The next place we went was to the relocation sector of a city - I am not sure of the name of the City - but I placed the tack in the map in Wanxian, a city along the river. Flooded out farmers were relocated here, to apartments. 1.2 million people had to be relocated because of the rising river. Here we did not see the "aliveness!" we saw in Shanghai; it was drab, the people tended to be drab, tired looking, less interested in life, less confident
I continued to take literally hundreds of photos along the river. I loved watching the countryside go by, the yellow fields, the boats beached down from the houses, the sampans going by. Everyone looked up at us and waved back with friendly smiles. Life might be hard for many people living along the river: hard climbs up and down from river to house, hard work in the fields, hard work paddling the sampans from their place to the nearest shops - but there were many smiles along the river. Unlike in the relocation part of the city, these people seemed happy.