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China: Wuhan: March 2016

Our last port along the Yangtze was the city of Wuhan and we arrived with a hazy, red dawn. The city was still waking up as we disembarked for the final time. The moment was a bit bitter-sweet. Another part of my time in China was over but there were still adventures to be had.… Continue reading China: Wuhan: March 2016

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China: Jingzhou: School Visit: March 2016

Happy Wednesday readers, hope that your week is going well. In last week’s post we visited the Three Gorges Dam. This week we are leaving is behind behind the dam and making our way down the Yangtze River. Our second to last port in China was the city of Jingzhou. This city was visit was… Continue reading China: Jingzhou: School Visit: March 2016

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China: Three Gorges Dam: Visitor Center: March 2016

Per last post, we went through the lock gates of the Three Gorges Dam at night. From there we traveled a short ways down the river to a port city, and I cannot remember the name of said city. The next morning we were bused over to the dam visitor center and observation area. To… Continue reading China: Three Gorges Dam: Visitor Center: March 2016

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China: Three Gorges Dam: Lock System: March 2016

Our last major excursion on the Yangtze was the Three Gorges Dam. A few facts first about the Three Gorges Dam before I tell my story. The building of this dam displaced over a million people and flooded villages, towns and cities. Covering homes and industrial buildings in millions of gallons of water. I spoke… Continue reading China: Three Gorges Dam: Lock System: March 2016

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China: Goddess Stream: March 2016

Our second excursions on our trip down the Yangtze was along a tributary. We traveled in little wooden boats with yellow roofs. The windows were on a track and were easy to open but it was a chilly day. The windows were opened for pictures but they didn’t stay that way.  Before the Three Gorges… Continue reading China: Goddess Stream: March 2016

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China: Climbing the Pagoda: March 2016

Our first port along the Yangtze was a little village with a fantastic pagoda with ninety-nine stairs to the top. The walk through the town to the pagoda was just as interesting as the structure itself. Starting at the end of the ramp to get off the boat and stretching about a hundred yards were… Continue reading China: Climbing the Pagoda: March 2016

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China: Along the Yangtze: March 2016

There was something peaceful about being on the river boat. We were finally away from the large crowds and constant lights and traffic. Opaque and milky, the greenish-gray of jade, that’s how the waters of the Yangtze looked to me. There seemed to have always been a mist hanging over the river and the shore.… Continue reading China: Along the Yangtze: March 2016

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China: Chongqing and the Yangtze: March 2016

Sorry for the delay in posting. Life gets in the way of writing sometimes but I back at it. On our last morning in Xi’an I and two of the friends I’d made in China, that were in the tour group with us, took a walk towards to remnants of the wall that had once… Continue reading China: Chongqing and the Yangtze: March 2016

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China: Xi’an and the Terracotta Army: March 2016

If you ever have the chance to visit China then make  sure that your path leads to the city of Xi’an and the Terracotta Soldiers. Each and every soldier has a different face. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Xi’an was the second city we visited in China. The city did have quite a… Continue reading China: Xi’an and the Terracotta Army: March 2016

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China: Bell and Drum Towers with Tea: March 2016

I hope that everyone has adjusted well to the time change. Happy Pie Day! Let us travel back to the beauty of China. After the a final ride in the rickshaws we visited the bell and drum towers. These towers signaled the open and closing of the city gates at one point in Beijing’s history.… Continue reading China: Bell and Drum Towers with Tea: March 2016