A Nine Step Pagoda made entirely without nails? A corpse in the Yangtse River? I Don't Believe It!
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I woke up feeling a tad better and headed out onto deck to sit in the sun and read my book. I got extremely odd looks from the Chinese who like to stay as pale as possible and were slapping on SPF100+ and I'm baking in the sun with no SPF on!
Laura and I went for a mosey around deck and saw something floating in the river. It got closer and closer and we realised it was a body, floating face down in the river! It was pretty bloated but definitely a human body. We could see the hair splayed out on the surface. Eeww..
We got to the Nine-Step Pagoda (Lanruo Dian) mid-afternoon and climbed all the way to the top. I'll admit - I felt decidedly nauseous half way up and was glad I didn't have to battle my way back down the stairs! We made it to the top and the views across the river were very impressive.
It was around this point we were delighted we were pretty much doing the trip on our own, and not in a massive tour group. Seeing people hearded around behind guides with technicoloured flags made us feel totally liberated. Some of the people in the groups looked utterly demoralised and I can understand why.
Back on board, we admired and amazing sunset, had a quick dinner and tried to get to bed early because we knew tomorrow would be an early start - we were to pass through the first gorges around 5.30am!