Zenfolio | Eric Bergan | 3 Gorges
Our second day aboard the Yangzi Explorer was very busy.

First up was the Xiling Gorge. The Xiling gorge is the longest of the three gorges, but has fewer soaring peaks. Between that, the early hour, and the overcast skies, it was interesting but not stunning. But we did see a commuter hydrofoil goes buzzing by us.

Next, we boarded a ferry that took us into the Shen Nong Stream, where we boarded a sampan to journey further up the stream. Along the way we saw a hanging coffin, dating back to between 200 BC and 500 AD. The Shen Nong Stream used to be quite shallow, requiring the trackers on the sampans to get out and pull the boats along from the shore. With the advent of the 3 Gorges dam, that is no longer necessary, but it still makes a good show for the tourists.

Once back upon the Yangzi Explorer, we again headed up river. The next gorge was the Wu Gorge. While going through the Wu Gorge, we saw quite a bit of commercial shipping. In addition to flood control and power generation, the 3 Gorges dam has made the Yangzi much more navigable, providing much easier transportation to/from western China. A little after the Wu Gorge, we went through the shortest of the 3 Gorges, the Qutang Gorge.


But our day was not finished, yet. That evening was the Emperor's dinner. The Emperor, his concubines, and some of his eunichs (we didn't check...) came to toast with us. Several of our group had dressed appropriately, and we also had a visit from the ship's chef, who is Austrian...

_Xiling Gorge 1919

_Xiling Gorge 1919

_YP-03OCT2009

_YP-03OCT2009

_Xiling Gorge 1934

_Xiling Gorge 1934

_Xiling Gorge with Hydrofoil 1967

_Xiling Gorge with Hydrofoil 1967

_Hydrofoil 2728

_Hydrofoil 2728

_Hanging Coffin 2001

_Hanging Coffin 2001

_Hanging Coffin Closeup 1998

_Hanging Coffin Closeup 1998

_Shen Nong Stream 2010

_Shen Nong Stream 2010

_Shen Nong Stream 2013

_Shen Nong Stream 2013

_Long Boat Passengers 2740

_Long Boat Passengers 2740

_Shen Nong Long Boat 2087

_Shen Nong Long Boat 2087

_Oarsmen 2741

_Oarsmen 2741

_Shen Nong Stream 2142

_Shen Nong Stream 2142

_Shen Nong Stream Trackers 2111

_Shen Nong Stream Trackers 2111

_Trackers 2751

_Trackers 2751

_Photo op 2192

_Photo op 2192

_Wu Gorge 2204

_Wu Gorge 2204

_Wu Gorge 2234

_Wu Gorge 2234

_Wu Gorge 2240

_Wu Gorge 2240

_Car carrier 2243

_Car carrier 2243

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:China
Keywords:3 Gorges, Yangzi River