Sunday, April 1, 2007 YANGTZE RIVER & WUHAN
Jim didn't feel too well last night but did join us for dinner and ate mostly bread. His back has been fine since the initial problems at the beginning of the trip; but he must have eaten something that disagreed with him for lunch yesterday. And it was a very special dinner complete with lemon pie for dessert. By the way; silverware was used by all unless you specifically requested chopsticks. After dinner he went to bed and I tried the Internet one last time, without any real success; and then watched the first two acts of the crew talent show. I heard this morning that it was really good; complete with costumes, magic tricks and more. Even our Gene got up and did a dance when it was time for the tourists to perform. But we both needed sleep more than party time.
Up early this morning with luggage in the hall by 7 am. We had a leisurely breakfast and then collected our hand luggage for the departure. By the time we left at 8:30 the rain had begun. Our luggage was transported up the hill by porters who carried two and sometimes more on the traditional pole over the shoulder up a rather steep incline to our waiting bus. We rode up the hill on a cable car.
On the bus and rolling; the rain began to come down in earnest as we headed over to see the Three Gorge River Dam Project. Difficult to take photos but after a view of the actual locks and dam we went to the building that houses a large model of the project and also has lots of souvenirs for sale. By this time it was lightening and thundering and then the wind began to whip the umbrellas inside out. Not the best day to see the dam project. We heard that
Everyone finished their shopping and then we were off on the road towards
After the switch we ate our box lunches that the cruise ship had packed for us and dessert of candy from Jo’s bag of surprises. Then we napped and enjoyed the countryside as we drove to
Some interesting notes from our dam guide “Max” and Jo:
The Three Gorge River Dam will be the largest dam in the world when it is finished.
The city around the dam uses Camphor trees to help control misquotes in the summer.
This site was chosen because 1) ground is granite 2) the river is very wide here giving them more room to built the hydroelectric units and locks 3) there was an existing island in the center of the river that helped in the building of the coffer dam as the beginning of the project.
It takes approximately two and half hours for a ship to go through the series of five locks. It doesn’t handle ocean liners as they are too large.
More facts about China:
I found out the fourth city for the Olympics in 2008: Qingdao plus
Chinese use several methods to fish: Nets, Cormorant Bird with a ring on it’s neck, and poles. Dynamic is sometimes used but that is dangerous.
How many cups of tea should you have: two……if they offer you a third one they are telling you that it’s time to leave.
We heard some jokes from Max and Jo:
Why did the orange stop running down the hill? It ran out of juice
The Panda has two desires: 1) take a color photo and 2) get a good night’s sleep (to get rid of their black eyes)