Three Gorges, Little Three Gorges, Mini Three Gorges...who can keep track?
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The loudspeakers began playing the mind numbing music and then the announcement in both Mandarin and English that it was time for breakfast finally roused me from my slumber. I jumped into a lukewarm shower (which was better than some of the other showers from what I heard) before heading down to eat. After breakfast it was up to sit and enjoy the scenery as we completed the journey through Wu Gorge. Again the scenery was dramatic but it was another hazy day in China as evidenced in the pictures. It was a lazy morning though until we reached Wushan for the Lesser and Mini Three Gorges Tour.
In Wushan we were transferred to a smaller ferry for a trip up the Daning River a tributary of the Yangtze through the Lesser Three Gorges.
At the end of Emerald Gorge we changed boat one more time to a small long tail sized boat to motor up the Madu River and the Mini Three Gorges. The tourism agencies have this down to a science as they segregate the groups by language onto the small boats and you head upstream for a short distance. This gorge is extremely narrow compared to the wide expanse of the Yangtze - and made even tighter by the longtail traffic traversing up and down the river. It would have been really cool to be back here with just a few people but that's obviously not an option now. Oh well.
We got to do the whole trip in reverse after turning around on the Madu. We had a tour guide to discuss some of the particulars of the region on the Lesser Three Gorges.
Back at the main boat in Wushan it was time for a late lunch as we departed Wushan. A brief stop was held for those visiting Baidu Town which I skipped before enterting Qutang Gorge. Some more fantastic views but clouds had rolled in again and I was never happy with any of the photos I took here. Dinner came and went and then it was the final evening talent show with the crew and some parlor games and more karaoke. It was a scary evening to say the least but fun as well. A final round of drinks in the early morning hours ended the day and I headed to bed to prepare for the next leg of the journey on the morrow.