Three gorges - and three lesser gorges


1. Beijing 02.04.08

2. Beijing 03.04.08

3. Beijing 04.04.08

4. Beijing 05.04.08

MAP 1 Beijing-Yingxian

5. Beijing-LouCun 06.04.08

6. Lou Cun-YudouCun 07.04.08

7. YudouCun-Laiyuan 08.04.08

8. Laiyuan-Wangzhuang 09.04.08

9. Wangzhuang-Hunyuan 10.04.08

MAP 2 Yingxian-Taiyuan

10. Hunyuan-Dai Xian 11.04.08

11. Dai Xian-Xinzhou 12.04.08

12. Xinzhou-Taiyuan 13.04.08

MAP 3 Taiyuan-Linfen

13. Taiyuan-Pingyao 14.04.08

14. Pingyao 15.04.08

15. PingyaoHuozhou 16.04.08

16. Houzhou-Xiangfen 17.04.08

17. Xiangfen-Hejin 18.04.08

MAP 4 Linfen-Weinan

18. Hejin-Heyang 19.04.08

19. Heyang-Dali 20.04.08 Heyang-Dali

20. Dali-Xi'an 21.04.08

21. Xi'an 22.04.08

22. Xi'an 23.04.08

23. Xi'an 24.04.08

24. Xi'an 25.04.08

MAP 5 Weinan-Hanzhong

25. Xi'an-Mazhao 26.04.08

26. Mazhao-Yangxian 27.04.08

27. Yangxian-Mian Xian 28.04.08

28. Mian Xian-Ningqiang 29.04.08

29. Ningqiang-Guangyuan 30.04.08

MAP 6 Hanzhong-Mianyang

30. Guangyuan-Jianmen Pass 01.05.08

31. Jianmen Pass-Zitong 02.05.08

32. Zitong-Loujiang 03.05.08

33. Luojiang-Chengdu 04.05.08

34. Chengdu 05.05.08

35. Chengdu 06.05.08

36. Chengdu 07.05.08

37. Chengdu 08.05.08

38. Chengdu 09.05.08

MAP 7 Mianyang-Maoxian

39. Chengdu-Dujiangyan 10.05.08

40. Dujiangyan-Miansi 11.05.08

41. Miansi-Maoxian 12.05.08

42. Maoxian 13.05.08

43. Maoxian 14.05.08

44. Maoxian 15.05.08

45. Maoxian 16.05.08

46. Maoxian 17.05.08

47. Maoxian 18.05.08

48. Maoxian-Chengdu 19.05.08

49. Chengdu-Chongqing 20.05.08

50. Chongqing-Wanzhou 21.05.08

51. Yangtze River 22.05.08

52. Yangtze River-Wuhan 23.05.08

53. Wuhan 24.05.08

54. Beijing 25.05.08

55. Beijing 26.05.08

56. Beijing 27.05.08

57. Beijing 28.05.08

58. Beijing 29.05.08

59. Beijing 30.05.08


English Version 51

Thursday 22.05.08
Yangtze River, Wushan

I fell asleep on my back. I can feel in my throat that I`ve been snoring most of the night. I hope Burghard is a good sleeper. I wake up at 5 and just HAVE to look out of the window. There`s a window in my side of the cabin that can open, and I end up sitting watching the day rise over the Yangtze River. A faint sound from the engine but besides it`s so peaceful! You can always sleep. The boat goes slower and stops eventually. There`s a knock at the door at 5.30 and I know what it means, we`re about to arrive at the first gorge. When we try to enter the top deck it`s closed. It costs you to get up there. Now. It didn`t last night. Si shi quai, I can hear her say. 40. I find a hundred note and pay for us both. Especially Burghard who bought the whole packages is upset, but we have to wait with our complaints. It`s too dark for pictures with my camera, so I have to let do with the impressions in my mind. A photo can`t catch all this in the faint light.
When we complain the guide tells us it`s a kind of deposit. We`ll get 10 back when we give back the new plastic card we now wear around our necks. Burghard tells her it will be in the new guide from LP. He knows a German "verlag" that cooperates with them. It`s not her job to understand that sort of things.
We eat breakfast. I share my supplies with him. I went bananas in the supermarket and filled the extra sport bag I got from the consul. It`s nice I now have someone to share with. He deliver the coffee and some cakes.
Soon after we`re at 3 lesser Gorges, to which we both bought access and we have to enter another boat and on a 6 hours tour up a minor river. We get a small green ticket, walk through two other boats that`s nearer the boardwalk and changes the little green ticket for a green plastic card and a ticket. I have to give back the plastic card 5 m`s ahead and now I`ve just put it away!

3 Gorges and shining lamps They shall miss nothing at home On our way up the 3 lesser gorges


Maybe the mountains are not that high here in 3 lesser Gorges, but the river is more narrow and it`s a normal tour boat, where you can look freely in all directions.
I`m allowed into the cockpit, it`s not that there is more to see from there, but I regard it as a special gesture and think I have to give back something so in poor Chinese I tell about my evacuation from Maoxian and the missing bike. The guide is this time a "pure" Chinese without any English and she`s babbling all the way in a yellow squeaking megaphone.
When I once more is invited into the cockpit I wonder, until I see a box with the writing: Boatmen`s tip. Aha.. Now we get a new red ticket and the guide confirms what I just wrote: no English. Out in the back a man comes touching my arm and my beard. I think he`s too close, but when I look at the Chinese I can see I`m a bit unusual. And I who`s not that hairy!


Going down from the "new" town We were not the only ones to sleep to the yellow megaphone


We make a stop and walks up to a town where "the old part" apparently has been moved because of the dam. When the dam is finished the level of the water will be 175 m. Now it`s about 150 m I think. Then you don`t have to walk all those stairs as now. We go on and changes once more to a smaller boat in which "natives" take us the last part. The old man in front with the flat Chinese hat is talking and takes to singing once. His voice is fine, I would have liked to have it on tape.
During the sailing more music is heard from up the rocks, where a man is sitting in a little green cabin playing a horn. The clou is a 4 person quire on another rock and then we`re heading "home".
When I`m on my bicycle 5 hours of sleep is no problem, but here where I`m inactive the "squeaking yellow megaphone" makes me sleepy. Burghard has gone to sleep long ago. My snoring must have kept him awake.