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Asia » China » Chongqing » Wushan April 13th 2014

Geo: 31.4099, 109.676I am sure you have the rhythm of the days by, tour, eat, tour, eat.....all interspersed with a little drinking and a lot of walking.Time for a break...not from the eating and drinking though....just from the touring and the walking.We decided early that we would only do the one tour today and have some rest in the afternoon. After 8 days of travel with the itinerary loaded from 7 am till 10.30 pm we gave ourselves the afternoon off.The morning tour was a ride in a small gondola-like fleet into the Wu Gorge. This idyllic transport barge ferried us at a leisurely pace for an hour into the gorge. The water was crystal clear and a deep jade green and the tributary snaked its way through the sheer gorge cliffs which towered above ... read more
One Way Boat Stream
Explore then relax
A quiet afternoon on board

Asia » China » Chongqing » Dazu March 14th 2014

Geo: 29.6809, 105.721Dazu is famous for its rock carving of Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist influences. Carvings (about 50 000 statues) were done within caves and on cliffs. The oldest statues date back from the Tang Dynasty (about 650 AD) but work was carried on until the Song dynasty (12th century). Some sculptures are very tall, others are vey small, most are painted (and the paints remains) and others are plain but all are very refined. The details are just stunning. Just have a look for yourselves.Dazu est connu pour ses gravures dans la pierre (à même la roche) qui sont d'influence à la fois Bouddhiste, Taoïste et Confucéenne. Les sculptures ont été réalisées dans des caves ou bien à même la falaise. Les plus anciennes datent de la dynastie Tang (environ 650 avant JC) mais des ... read more
pokemon ?!
cave of full enlightment
Elfi the guardian

Asia » China » Chongqing December 9th 2013

Chongqing The population of Chongqing is 34 million equal to the entire population of Canada. Aside from being overwhelmed with the unimaginable number of massive condo and apartment complexes, we stopped at the local zoo to see pandas. We did not have much time to see the city since we were to board our boat later in the afternoon for a cruise down the Yangtze River and through the Three Gorges.... read more

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing October 27th 2013

Up at 6 am. A long day ahead. Another less than spectacular buffet breakfast, them hotel checkout. On the road by 7:30 We are driving east from Chengdu to Chongqing to begin our cruise on the Yangtze, stopping along the way at the Dazu rock carvings. Our journey starts on major highways and then shifts to smaller two-lane and surprisingly narrow highways with no shoulder. Our driver, whom we nickname Horatio Hornblower for his almost constant use of his horn, is somewhat of a lunatic. We should already know that it is better not to watch the roads as we're driving, but we gasp as Horatio whizzes by bikes and old ladies with inches to spare. Just hang on and look at the floor. We have two rest stops along the way, each with a small ... read more
Ancient rock carvings, Dazu, China
Ancient rock carvings, Dazu, China
City centre with Liberation Monument, Chongqing, China

Asia » China » Chongqing » Wushan » Little Three Gorges September 30th 2013

Breakfast is set for 6:45am for those on the ‘White Emperor City’ shore visit (an extra at ¥260 each). I think in Lonely Planet it’s called White King City. Liam sleeps in, while Ky and I share breakfast with Rose. She talks about their recent trip to Kamchatka with bears and volcanoes (I know the name of the region well from a board game I played thirty years ago – strange how little things come back to you). In the background disturbing music plays quietly: Instrumental versions of ‘Memories’, ‘Hello’, and ‘Sound of Silence’. They don’t play the Titanic theme song. I wonder why? It is a puzzle to Ky and I as to why the boat would play western theme music on a Chinese built boat, on a Chinese river, surrounded by Chinese decorations, to ... read more
Yangzi River Qutang Gorge 2
Yangzi River Little Three Gorges 1
Yangzi River Little Three Gorges 2

Asia » China » Chongqing » Fengdu September 29th 2013

We sleep well despite the hard bed, and wake up to find the boat moored next to another at Fengdu. We can see straight into the neighbouring rooms, and you could leap across the 1m gap to their balcony. Better keep the blinds closed until we get dressed! Overnight, despite being near the stern, we’d been mostly unaware of the boat’s engines. Now and then the boat would turn a little and the room would shake a little, but no constant vibration like the ferry to Palermo. Admittedly we are on the fifth floor so well isolated. Drycleaning is cheap. Using my rather peculiar comparison method, clean undies are ¥10. Time to use the in-house services!. We put out a load with shirts (¥15ea) and shorts (¥20ea) (we’ll still clean our undies and socks ourselves). Breakfast ... read more
Yangzi River Fengdu 2
Yangzi River Cruising 1
Yangzi River Cruising 2

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing May 11th 2013

Just a few pictures that I took before going on holidays.... read more
And the bevvies after
mmmmm Bunny Heads!
Bunny Soup

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 12th 2013

I went on about a 4 hour bike ride to go to and from a local attractions...Bamboo Sea and Tea Mountain... read more
Description of the Area
Tea Plantation

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 12th 2013

The megalopilis of Chongqing (68 km and anywhere from a 70 minute to 4 hour drive depending on the day) is pretty interesting to tour around and see. It is definitely authentic China and not very 'Westernized'. Here are just a few pics of some places I have gone to on weekends recently.... read more
Cool Sculpture
Across the River

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 10th 2013

Since I am spending most of my days at work, why not put some photos of work and school?... read more
ESL at Elementary
In Front of Elementary School
Energy for the Little Ones

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