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Friday, March 24, 2006

Heading up the Yangze River

It's 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24. In an hour I will meet Marilyn at the university and we will meet someone who will take us to the bus station and begin our pilgrimage up the Yangze River to the Three Gorges.

I'm told by Paul, a Western teacher here who has made the trip, the bus ride will be 6 hours and we'll drive through rural China. On the trip I should see farmers at work with their trusty water buffalos. Cool. I'll try to secure a photo for you, Skip.

I have the travel contract in hand, but it's written in Chinese. The only thing I recognize is my name and the cost. (680 RMB per person and 300 RMB for an English speaking guide) So, last nite I took the contract with me to dinner with Bob, Lorraine and Joyce, who is another Chinese teacher in their English Department. She translated it for me. It said we would board a big ship (it has 4 levels) that will travel all night and we go up the 5 locks that are built to transport ships past the huge Three Gorges dam. Marilyn has made this trip before and said not to worry about missing the locks...it's such a noisy experience we probably won't sleep tonight.

At some point we will board a smaller boat and explore all three of the gorges, making trips along the way to little villages. We will see the biggest dam built during the weekend. I had lunch with Paul Thursday who said the scenery was spectacular. And he thought if more Westerners knew about this, they would all be flocking here to see it.

So, when I return from this trip, I'll make some updates to this blog so those of you reading this blog are interested you can make your travel plans! (Thanks, Peggy, for the Three Gorges diary...it will come in handy!)

Until then...think of Marilyn and me as we explore the Three Gorges and the Yangze River. As they say at home, "Film at 11:00!".

4 Comments:

At 7:12 AM, Lorraine said...

I like your "honk, honk, honks" description. It is accurate as I experienced it too. I can understand it because there is so much activity on the roads: bikes, moor cycles, pedestrians...and all that.

You description of the fields and the countryside is beautiful and I believe that is the China that many Chinese know well.

Lorraine

 
At 7:14 AM, Lorraine said...

You know I didn't mean "moor" bikes, MOTOR bikes. I should be asleep by now, but was fascinated with your recent blogs.
Lorraine

 
At 9:10 AM, Skip said...

This is different then being with Capt Binkley on the Yukon somehow. Skip

 
At 12:13 PM, maryjedgar said...

I await your 'show' with popcorn in hand.

 

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