Yangtze River Cruise
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Martin (Poland)
Deciding their was little to see in Chonqing, we went to a travel agent to book our Yangzi River boat cruise for the same evening. We were surprised at the prices as they were half of what Lonely Planet had quoted, and we were told access to all areas was included, with an additional 2Y per visit to the upper deck, no big issue really. Having the tickets sorted, we set out for a quick look around the city and to do some food shopping.
We headed for our boat around 7pm and tried to get settled into our 4 bed cabin. There was another Polish guy called Martin in there, and the 3 of us were immediately accosted by a saleswoman/guide, who dragged us up to the top deck. She then told us that for an extra 10% of our ticket price, we could have access to the bar and top deck.
They were less hasty however, to come to our room to check out the tap that wouldn't stop running. Eventually we were offered another room, but as the hot water and steam was heating our otherwise freezing cabin, we decided to take this as a positive and stayed put! It turns out we were quite lucky to have any hot water, let alone constant, as most of the cabins including first class had none! No doubt we were using the entire ships supply :)
The boat set off around 11pm and we sailed overnight to the first of the 3 Gorges.
Day 3 was the most impressive by far, as we stopped off in Wushan to take a smaller boat, to visit the Three Little Gorges.
The final day began passing through Wu Gorge, which was a lot wider than the other Gorges we passed through and other than a couple of kilometres that were quite pretty, i wasn't particularly impressed. We stopped at another expensive temple, which we decided not to visit, as we must have seen a zillion Chinese temples.
The final destination was the Three Gorges Dam and then on to Yichang supposedly, but 1 hour from the dam, we were told the boat would terminate at the dam, where we had to get a bus. The whole trip we had looked forward to passing through the locks and as a final blow, this was taken from us.
I thought the trip was pleasant, but i was left a little disappointed and uninspired by the scenery. Maybe i had expected too much and maybe the lack of any guidance throughout the trip had soured my opinion. Possibly in another country i would have been more gob smacked, but China's wealth of natural beauty had made me greedy for something more!