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Published: April 19th 2013
When we get to the harbour in Chongqing we have to go down in a kind of cable car that runs down the sloped bank towards the docked ships. We are welcomed on board the Oriental Emporer and are assigned our cabins so go to find out what they are like. They are pretty good apart from the cigarette smoke smell, so we open the sliding windows that open out onto a view of Chongqing's skyscrapers to give our room an airing. We also have an ensuite bathroom complete with shower and a flat screen TV - not in the ensuite obviously!
We find out we can get laundry done and so pack up a few items to leave out the next day for collection and fill in the accompanying sheet trying to work out what category our clothes fall into. Half way through I realise I've been putting some of mine in the 'gentlemen' column. Just goes to show what unisex clothes us westerners wear compared to the girlie Chinese with their ever present high heels and smart jackets and little lacy skirts. They must think we are such dowdy drudges with what we wear. Fancy wearing hiking boots
to climb Moon Hill when you can teeter up in your high heeled wedgies!
Dennis calls a meeting in Aaron's room - he paid a supplement so he could get a room to himself instead of having to share with a random stranger - and we find out what optional shore tours will be available while on our Yangze River Cruise. Me, Renee and Aaron decide to do them all. Why not? We're likely only in China once after all. Then we go to the bar to listen to a welcome talk in Chinese for the mostly Chinese passengers, for some beer and cards and then a quick trip up to the top deck to take some photos - boy was it cold up there. Then it's to bed as our ship leaves it's docking station to begin our cruise. A quick read of our 'Oriental Emperor' daily schedule sheet for the 6th of April reveals that the weather forecast for the next day is 11-17 degrees and cloudy and our day starts at 6.20am with a morning call for breakfast at 6.30am. Hang on? What? Are you serious? 6.20am? It appears yes!!
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