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The Little Three Gorges - Daning River

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Qutang Gorge in the dark

We were up VERY bright and early, not realising just how long a day it would be. We went through the first of the big Gorges around 5.20am. They were amazing, totally spectacular, but I'd have appreciated seeing them in daylight rather than an early morning misty darkness.

The boat sailed on - I read on deck and got some more sun, the Chinese pointed and laughed at me some more.

We took a three hour (rather boring at times) trip along the Daning River to the Little Gorges. We had to take one boat into the valley, then another through the Gorges. It did make me think - if these are the smaller gorges, the big ones must be huge!

There was an odd trio of musicians at the very end of the river trip - an accordion, pan flute type thing and a singer, complete with monkeys running about near them.

Spot all the little boats up ahead of us!
So bizarre.

Going along the river to the three gorges we saw markers where the water will rise to in 2009. Lots of people will have to move to new homes, they'll lose their farm land, and I'm sure in some cases their livelihood. I do wonder if the Chinese government value the productivity of their people when they're prepared to just shift so many of them for the Dam project.

After the little gorges we went back to our boat and through the second gorge late evening and enjoyed a rather odd night in our cabin after dinner. Happy Harry (the very odd Chinese bloke in the bunk above Laura was in bed by the time we got back. Silly Sam, who was above me was another matter! We figured out he must be a tour guide, and between 11pm and 3am he popped in and out of the room a number of times, and when we woke up we reckoned he hadn't slept in his bed!

 

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Qutang Gorge in the dark
Qutang Gorge in the dark
Spot all the little boats up ahead…
Spot all the little boats up ahea…
Our Lesser Three Gorges Boat
Our Lesser Three Gorges Boat
Laura heading for the lesser gorges
Laura heading for the lesser gorges
Riverside dwelling
Riverside dwelling
Little (!) Gorge
Little (!) Gorge
These houses will be submerged whe…
These houses will be submerged wh…
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