13 Aug 2007 Three Gorges
Yangtze River –
It was well after dark last night when we arrived on the MS Sunshine. No clue about the name or why – or even if it is a translation of something else.
Originally built in 1994 – allegedly the ship underwent a complete renovation in 2003; could not have told it by the passenger rooms. Even so, you really don’t want to know about the appalling conditions in which the crew (who I would swear were all 18 and younger) lived.
Leaving the port –
You could still see signs of the recent flooding and high water marks along the river.
The morning we cruised down the river – watching the contrast between industry, agriculture, old methods and new.
The girls and I took the afternoon trip up to the Ghost Temple –
Passing through the gates, but deciding to go up by chair lift, since the idea of hiking up 400+ steps in 39°C was not really appealing.
As has happened in each section of this trip – we have our regular tour guide plus someone who is relatively local. I started zoning out rather early in the lecture this time – preferring to wander around and take a few photos –
Heading back down the mountain – I missed the trip to the underworld and more Buddha statues.
But looking down –
I was easily reminded of the population density and how much has been built new in the last 10-15 years.
And yes – the water is actually that brown looking from up closer.
While the ship looked better from afar!
For ships entertainment in the evening – the choices were a fashion show from the crew –
Or watching my own …..