19.05.2017 - 19.05.2017
Today we were up early as we had to catch a flight to Wuhan. The drive to the airport in peak hour took a little over an hour. We then did group check in and went through several security checks before we could head to the gate. That's one thing I can't get used to - all the security shcecks to get from one area to the next.
The flight from Shanghai to Wuhan was about 90 minutes and then it took nearly 30 minutes for our luggage to come through. We then raced for the bus and had to drive for around 90 minutes to get to the bullet train. The bus stopped in the parking lot and then it was a mad dash across all the traffic to get inside - it was crazy. Wuhan was very smoggy.
We were let onto the train platform at 4pm and the train was due to leave at 4.07 and it took 5 minutes to walk the length of the platform to our carriage. We then only had 2 minutes to get on with all our luggage. The men of the group were great and helped put all the bags above our heads. The trip to Yichang was about 2 hours and the train's top speed was 190klm/hour.
We were met by our local guide Helen and went to dinner at a local restaurant which served great food - have not been disappointed with the food at all so far. After dinner we then had another hour or so drive to the cruise terminal. Check in was easy and we then caught a cable car down to the boat. We had to walk over a couple of other boats to get to the Victoria Anna. We had a room upgrade but the rooms are still pretty small. We thought about upgrading to a suite but decided that we probably won't spend that much time in it. Cheryl & I checked out the bar and had a nightcap and chatted to some people of our group. I have to say I got a piña colada but I think she forgot the piña - I couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Think I might stick to wine. They have Jacobs Creek and Penfolds so I'll be right lol
Well time to sign off as it's almost midnight and I have to be up at 5.30. Breakfast is from 6.30 - 7.30 as we have to go early for our first tour in the morning.
As always - don't forget to look at the photos.
Until next time
Janelle & Cheryl