Today was our first full day on board our ship, the Victoria Anna. We had to be at breakfast at 6.30 as our first tour started at 7.30. We went from our ship to a much smaller ship so it could go through the dam lift. This is the only one of its kind in the world for the capacity it takes. Once we were inside it only took us 9 minutes to be lowered 100 metres to the river level downstream. We docked and had to go over a couple of barges to get to the shore then walk up a lot of stairs to get to the road to meet the bus - all trying to avoid the people trying to sell you something.
Because of the security issues we were taken to a big building where we had to get off the bus then go through a detector and then go out the other side to rejoin the bus. The bus had been searched as well. We then went to the information centre and then went up 4 long escalators to the top so we could oversee the Three Gorges Dam. It really is an incredible thing to see.
Before too long we had to walk down the hill to the bus and head back to the boat for lunch. As we get off the bus we are inundated by locals trying to sell us maps of China or some beer. Our Chinese guide told us that the beer was fake so don't buy it. Every time you get off the bus, you have to run the gauntlet of about 8 people all trying to sell you the same thing.
After lunch it was time for the next tour. We have to leave our boat and walk over a couple of barges to the cable car to take us up the side of the hill to road level. We boarded a bus to take us the Three Gorges Tribal Village. This place was so beautiful and peaceful. The trip there was like something you many have never experienced. What a crazy driver - then again they're all like that. It's a miracle more accidents don't happen.
We got back in time to have a quick shower and then off to the Captain's reception. My night of drinking began with 2 mimosas and then at dinner I had some wine and finished the evening off with a Black Russian. Cheryl went to bed early with sore legs. We did over 18,000 steps today. Have been averaging around 14,000 a day.
Well my bed is calling. Will upload some pics before I hit the sack. You will see how bad the smog was today from the photos.
Janelle & Cheryl