22.05.2017 - 22.05.2017
Today was our last day cruising down the Yangtze River. We had to be up early and ready to go by 7.45 for our excursion to the Shibaozhai Pagoda. It was very hot and humid today. We had a long walk up a reasonably steep hill and then along a swinging bridge to the pagoda. The pagoda is about 300 years old and the temples at the top are about 450 years old. They had to build a dam around the pagoda so that it doesn't flood when the river rises in wonder. The height of the river gets to 175 metres and nothing is allowed to be planted or built below this level. The pagoda was built with no nails and leans back into the rock. To get to the top of the temple you have to climb up 10 floors via wooden stairs that were no more than a metre wide and at an angle of probably 80 degrees. Imagine trying to climb these stairs in a stifling heat along with 200 or more people. By the time we got to the top (and we did) we were wringing wet. We came down a different way and the concrete stairs were just as steep. The temples at the top were amazing and the views impressive. We then walked back through the makers and haggled for some bargains. We were back on board by 10am.
After lunch we decided to take a nap as I'm getting a cold so we thought a nap would be best. I woke up 3 hours later!
We joined a few people in the bar where Cheryl tried a Manhattan and I tried a Shanghai Surprise - very nice 😀.
Dinner was amazing as always and then we decided to give the show a miss and repack our bags for tomorrow. We have to walk up a few steps tomorrow after departure and have to make sure no strangers touch us or they will charge you as they think you will want them to carry your bags.
We dock in Chongquing at 8am and then we will head to the Panda House before lunch and a flight to Xi'an. Time to go so I can upload some pics and then hit the sack.
Bye for now
Janelle & Cheryl