Day 149: Sunday, April 25th, 2010.
Yangtze River Cruise: Yichang, China. Per Intrepid notes, "We arrive into Yichang in the morning of day 7. Yichang is the site of the massive and controversial Three Gorges hydro-electric project and we have the chance take a visit to the dam to see this incredible feat of engineering ourselves.
We board a boat tonight for a journey along the mighty Yangzi River. We spend 2 full days on board a basic tourist boat, cruising through the Three Gorges en route to Yichang. Our cabins are simple and clean with twin-share with private bathroom facilities. Full board is provided while on the boat with typical Chinese cuisine. Please note that depending on the composition of the group you may be required to share a cabin with your leader or a traveller from outside of your Intrepid group. As well as relaxing and taking in the sights, along the way we may have opportunities to visit some riverside attractions and towns on group excursions, including leaving our river boat to take a side trip down a tributary of the Yangzi River."
Looking back, I can't really remember what we did between getting off the train
in the morning to getting on the boat in the evening. Probably had a drive in there. I do remember stopping at a store and we all got more munchies for the boat ride (it looks like a bunch of college kids shopping with all the junk food/safe food we're buying.) Then we stopped at a restaurant and had some dinner before boarding the cruise ship (didn't offer dinner that night.) I wasn't sure what to expect with the cruise ship since all the cruises I've been on have ranged so drastically. From the best one (on the Nile in Egypt) to the worse (the sailboat in Whitsundays, Australia) and many in between. This one ranks right below the Egypt one- not as luxurious, but definitely nice. First floor is the lobby, 2nd is our rooms and dining room (think it has about 60 guest rooms), 3rd floor was more rooms, 4th floor was the bar and an outside deck and then the 5th floor (guess they're called "decks", not "floors", tough nookie) was a viewing deck. And the best part, our ship's name was the MS Fortune
. Think about it- say it out loud. Not the most positive name in
the world for a ship.
We stay docked that night so after taking some picture on the top deck we all settle into the bar to chat and drink. There are masseuses on board and they give free 5 minute neck massages in order to entice you to sign up for full body ones later. I passed, everyone talks about how much they're in pain during/after a Chinese massage but that it's a "good pain". I'm fine without experiencing "good pain", thanks. Then, off to bed. The boat is taking off early in the morning and we should be passing some beautiful scenery.
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