Yangtze river cruise.

The Yangtze river cruise was one of the main highlights of the trip so far. We got the opportunity to visit some of the more rural towns located close to the river banks ad well as see the three gorges and go through the three gorges dam. One moment that really stuck with me was when we saw the gorge that was on the ten yuan bill in real life. First we started from Chengdu, which was an amazing city where we saw the panda reserve and a while different way of life. 20141126_091515

 

Then we went on to ride down the Yangtze transitioning between alot of natural scenery and city skylines frequently. This was some of the most uniquely beautiful scenery I have seen in my life, and that’s including the great wall from our Beijing, Xi’An trip. One of the most exciting experiences was going through the three gorges dam. The pure mechanical feat of taking boats down several meters in water was impressive to say the least. On the second or third day we stopped in this small riverside town where there was a temple built into the side of a mountain, where it had been for hundreds of years.

Visual of the surrounding town across the water from the temple

Visual of the surrounding town across the water from the temple

In addition, a day or so before that, I saw one of the more impressive sculptures I’ve seen at a location near the the forst gorge (depicted in the first photo). It stood several times taller than me and boasted intricate details that indicated a high level of craftsmanship.

Sculpture

Sculpture

The sights only got better by night as lights lit up the banks of the river. Besides the visual aspect that made the trip great, I also learned a good amount about the Yangtze river from the experts on board. I learned that the Yangtze is almost 4,000 miles long and for that has earned the spot of Asia’s longest river and the world’s third longest river. I also learned about the famous 1998 Yangtze river flood. It apparently took a huge toll on the country, leaving over 25 billion dollars worth of damage in its aftermath. It lasted for three months and is considered by many to be the worst flood of the river’s history. This was no doubt a huge impacting flood because, as I also learned from the experts aboard the ship, approximately one third of chinese citizens live along the river. Together, learning about the river as well as seeing with my own eyes the beautiful towns and nature that lined its banks, made for an amazing and unforgettable experience.20141127_144057

 

 

 

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