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Yangtze River Cruise of Scenic & Historic Sights


Yangtze River, Shennong Stream, & Tribe of Three Gorges

Three Gorges Dam, Red Pagoda, & Pandas

Monkeys, Boats, & Theater

Musicians & Dancing

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Wendy Wu

A pleasant walk on the shore excursion: Tribe of the Three Gorges.

A pleasant walk on the shore excursion: Tribe of the Three Gorges.

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Tour Beijing to Shanghai with Yangtze River Cruise

We were on a Wendy Wu escorted tour of China which is reviewed in the China Intro Page. The tour started in Beijing, where there were three nights on the tour including the Great Wall. From Beijing we flew to Xian where we stayed for two nights and saw the Terracotta Warriors. From Xian we flew to Wuhan where we were taken by motor coach to the Yangtze River at Yichang. There we boarded the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship and stayed for four nights. Both the ship and amazing crew shows are reviewed. The daily shore excursions are described here. We left the cruise ship in Chongqing. From there we flew to Guilin where we spent one night. From Guilin we took a river cruise boat on the Li River to Yangshuo where we stayed two nights in the presence of gorgeous scenery. The tour ended with two nights in Shanghai. Contact Us for more information.

Tribe Of The Three Gorges

A large statue seen on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

A large statue seen on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

After breakfast on our first full day on the ship we took an optional excursion in the Xiling Gorge called the Tribe Of The Three Gorges. It was a walking tour with our local guide Alice. The path was along a river in a hilly wooded area with unsurpassed beauty. Note the picture at the top of this page. Along the path you see large statues such as the one shown above.

A suitor playing a flute for a woman nearby on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

A suitor playing a flute for a woman nearby on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

People were in costumes in boats and on land illustrating the customs and culture of the native people at different times in their history. In the picture above a suitor in his boat was playing a flute wanting to woo a woman in a nearby boat shown below.

The woman near the flute player on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

The woman near the flute player on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

 

Water wheels seen on the walk on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Water wheels seen on the walk on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Water wheels, seen above, were in the stream. When turned by a current they would provide power to drive some device. They also create an attractive picture.

Illustrating laundry being washed in the river on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Illustrating laundry being washed in the river on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

There was a demonstration of laundry being washed in the stream. This is something that still happens today, as we saw laundry being washed in a river.

Musician performing on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Musician performing on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

There were musicians performing on instruments. The one above playing a Chinese instrument was making beautiful sounds, which the lady with him obviously enjoyed.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

A picturesque scene on the walk on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

The natural beauty along the walk includes rocky streams, caves, and waterfalls. A gorgeous landscape is pictured above.

A monkey seen on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

A monkey seen on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Living amongst all of this natural beauty are some very playful monkeys, that would sometimes throw things at us. Note the monkey pictured above that was watching us.

Performers in show on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Performers in show on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

We were also entertained at a theater in which performers in costume and with music displayed examples of their culture including a marriage. Some of the performers are shown above and musicians are seen in the picture below. This was a great morning excursion, and although optional, is highly recommended.

Musicians in the show on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Musicians in the show on the excursion Tribe of the Three Gorges.

Three Gorges Dam

Hydroelectric Dam in the Three Gorges area of the Yangstze River.

Hydroelectric Dam in the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River.

After lunch on the ship we were taken to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, shown above. Our local guide was Wendy. This is the world’s largest hydroelectric project, and it led to the displacement of 1.5 million people. Construction began in 1994 and finished in 2009. The dam is five times larger than the Hoover Dam in the U.S.A., which was finished in 1936. These dams are built to control flooding, provide water for irrigation, and to generate electricity. The Three Gorges Dam is truly massive. It is 600 feet (183 meters) high being 60 feet (18.3 meters) wide at the top and 430 feet (131 meters) wide at the bottom. It is 7,660 feet (2,335 meters) long. The dam caused a rise in the Yangtze River to 575 feet (175 meters) above sea level. For ships to pass through the large vertical change in water depth, they go though a series of three locks. Some locks are seen below.

Locks in the Yangtze River near the hydroelectric dam.

Locks in the Yangtze River near the hydroelectric dam.

Shennong Stream Excursion

Couple in boat seen in the Shennong Stream on a shore excursion.

Couple in boat seen in the Shennong Stream on a shore excursion.

After breakfast we boarded a ferryboat for a shore excursion in the Shennong Stream, which is a tributary of the Yangtze River. It was a relaxing boat ride through scenic country. Along the way you often see people in small boats as seen above.

Scene in show seen on the Shennong Stream shore excursion.

Scene in show seen on the Shennong Stream shore excursion.

In years past naked men, called trackers, walked on paths high on the sheer walls dragging boats. We saw an illustration of this when we got off the boat to see a performance at a theater. The performers were in colorful costumes, and they both sang and danced as they told the story of their ancestors. In the picture above a musician is playing a Chinese instrument to accompany the lady that is singing.

Scene in show seen on the Shennong Stream shore excursion.

Scene in show seen on the Shennong Stream shore excursion.

The dancers pictured above were very good, and the scenes were enhanced by colorful lighting. In the picture below there was a performance of beautiful music. It was another great show.

Scene in show seen on the Shennong Stream shore excursion.

Scene in show seen on the Shennong Stream shore excursion.

After the theater performance we rode the ferryboat back to the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship. Tour group members are pictured below on the ferryboat. Back on the ship we had lunch. The afternoon was free time.

Tour group members on ferryboat on the shore excursion in the Shennong Stream.

Tour group members on ferryboat on the shore excursion in the Shennong Stream.

Yangtze River

The picture below was taken when we were passing through the Qutang Gorge in the Yangtze River.

Passing through the Qutang Gorge in the Yangtze River.

Passing through the Qutang Gorge in the Yangtze River.

Red Pagoda

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Red Pagoda on shore excursion.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Red Pagoda on a shore excursion.

The ship was docked in ShiBaocZhai, and after breakfast we walked to the famous Red Pagoda (Shibaozhai Temple). This attractive Buddhist temple, seen above and below, dates from the 18th-century. It is twelve stories high, which you climb, and was built without using any nails. We encountered some heavy rain on our walk back to the ship. Since we were soaking wet the ship crew washed all of our clothes and dried our shoes for us at no charge. They do take care of you.

Painter with model in Montmartre secton of Paris, France.

The Red Pagoda.

After lunch the afternoon was free. Being the last full day on the ship it was a good time to explore the different public rooms on what is a very attractive river cruise ship.

Panda House

Panda sleeping seen on shore excursion to the Panda House at the Chongqing City Zoo.

Panda sleeping seen on shore excursion to the Panda House at the Chongqing City Zoo.

The Victoria Katarina was docked in Chongqing, a city of 33 million people. We left the vessel after breakfast as the Yangtze River Cruise portion of our tour had ended. It was a great cruise, and is a very important part of a trip to China. Our next stop was the Panda House at the Chongqing Zoo. The pandas are found in an area of the zoo with caves and waterfalls representative of their natural habitat. There were eight pandas including a baby providing great photo opportunities. In the picture above a panda was fast asleep. In the picture below a panda is eating. After visiting the Pandas we were taken to the Chongqing airport where we had a wonderful lunch of noodles, a speciality in the area. We then flew to Guilin.

Panda eating seen on shore excursion to the Panda House at the Chongqing City Zoo.

Panda eating seen on shore excursion to the Panda House at the Chongqing City Zoo.

Tour Beijing to Shanghai with Yangtze River Cruise

We were on a Wendy Wu escorted tour of China which is reviewed in the China Intro Page. The tour started in Beijing, where there were three nights on the tour including the Great Wall. From Beijing we flew to Xian where we stayed for two nights and saw the Terracotta Warriors. From Xian we flew to Wuhan where we were taken by motor coach to the Yangtze River at Yichang. There we boarded the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship and stayed for four nights. Both the ship and amazing crew shows are reviewed. The daily shore excursions are described here. We left the cruise ship in Chongqing. From there we flew to Guilin where we spent one night. From Guilin we took a river cruise boat on the Li River to Yangshuo where we stayed two nights in the presence of gorgeous scenery. The tour ended with two nights in Shanghai. Contact Us for more information.

Photos by Sunny Breeding. Picture of us by tour member. We sell images and prints.