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Wu Gorge – The Three Gorges, Yangtze River

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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At 4;50pm Oct 19, 2010, we are approaching Wu Gorge (巫峡), one of the Three Gorges between Qutang Gorge and Xiling Gorge.

Wu Gorge is the most famous and beautiful gorge of the three, with a total length of over 40 km starting from the mouth of the Daning River( the Little Three Gorges ) of the riverside town of Wushan to the Guandukou Town of Batong( Guandukou is 17km west of the riverside town of Badong County ).

Its cliffs tower over 900 meters, topped by the sharp, jagged peaks on the either bank. A total of 12 peaks are perched on the either side, including Goddess Peak and Peak of the Immortals.

This time I don’t go to the observation deck on the 6th floor. Instead, I walk to the bow on the fifth deck with less ship facilities to bar our eyesight. 

Enjoying the mountains topped by the sharp, jagged peaks on the either bank

 

Sitting and appreciating the gorge

 
There are totally twelve peaks standing along both sides of Wu Gorge. Among them, Goddess Peak is the most well known for its beauty. 

Catch a glimpse of the Peak – Goddess Peak

More peaks to view

Then again, I come to the stern to take the photos of the Wu Gorge under the backdrop of the dusk. 

Wu Gorge viewed through the window of my room is not bad. I can easily enjoy Wu Gorge while sitting in my room.

Wu Gorge viewed from my room

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Qutang Gorge – The Three Gorges, Yangtze River

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
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We have just sailed across Qutang Gorge, the first gorge of the Three Gorges on Yangtze River. Of all the Three Gorges, Qutang Gorge is the shortest, but the most majestic.

Also known as Kui Gorge, Qutang Gorge is very narrow with its narrowest point at 100 meters. The passage through the 8km gorge only takes about 20 minutes starting from Baidicheng (白帝城) of Fengjie County to Daxizhen (大溪镇) of Wushan County.

Last night our riverboat – Victoria Jenna docked at the port of Fengjie. This morning I waked up and caught a late sunrise over the gorge.

This morning I waked up and caught a late sunrise over the gorge.

Now we are leaving Fengjie County. Fengjie County is a 2000-year old city. Its ancient city has been submerged due to the construction of the Three Gorge Dam and now is under water. What we see is the new Fengjie City, 5 sizes of the old one.

Now we are leaving Fengjie County.

Very soon we pass over Baidicheng (White Emperor City), the starting point for Qutang Gorge. The Baidicheng is an ancient temple complex located atop a hill which has now become an small Isaland due to the rise of the water level. There is a bridge linking the bank with the island.

The southwest entrance of Qutang Gorge is also called Kui Gate, or Qutang Pass as two peaks soaring above the horizon – Chijia Mountain In the north and Baiyan Mountain in the south. I’m now at the bow on the 6th deck trying to find a good point for shooting. The deck is teemed with passengersam with various kids of cameras ready for taking the pictures of Qutang Gorge.

Now we are entering the Qutang Gorge! On your lest side is Chijia Mountain and your right side is Baiyang Mountain, hence a steep pass formed – Kui Gate.

Qutang Gorge 1

Qutang Gorge 2

Qutang Gorge 3

Qutang Gorge 4

Then I walk to the stern to avoid the crowd. There are only a few people there. It is advisable to take photos at the stern instead of the bow. Or you may choose both of them.

Qutang Gorge from stern 1

Qutang Gorge from stern 2

Back to my own room and catch a picture.

Qutang Gorge viewed from my room

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Victoria Jenna, Victoria Cruises – Yangtze River Cruises

Monday, October 18th, 2010
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Victoria Jenna (凯珍) is one of the 8 Victoria Cruises sailing on Yangtze River. Built in 2009, Victoria Jenna is the newest and best among the Victoria riverboats at the time of writing. We are lucky to be on board Victoria Jenna on Oct 17, 2010 and start our China Yangtze River Cruise downstream from Chongqing to Yingchang.

At 7:50pm we arrive at Dock No.11 of Chaotianmen Port where our Victoria Jenna docks waiting for us. 

At 7:50pm we arrive at Dock No.11 of Chaotianmen Port where our Victoria Jenna docks waiting for us.

From where we get off our bus to where Victoria Jenna docks, we have to walk down dozens of steps, then aross a floating bridge leading to the dock and enter Victoria Jenna.
 

Across the floating bridge leading to the dock and enter Victoria Jenna

 

So it is over 100 meters walking from the parking lot down to the dock, and if you have large suitcases, you are adviced to pay a porter available on the spot to carry them to the luggage cabin in Victoria Jenna.

We are given a warm welcome by the staff on Vicoria Jenna.

We are given a warm welcome by the staff on Vicoria Jenna.

Entering the river boat, we find ourselves directly in the lobby, which is on the second deck. The staff at the front desk are very helpful and friendly. The check-in doesn’t take long. Only after a several minutes after check-in, we all get our checked suitcases sent by the boat staff.

Victoria Jenna is a five-deck river boat. Beside normal stairs, she also has a lift much easier for us to come to different decks.

 

She also has a lift much easier for us to come to different floors.

 

First deck is for baggage claim as well as the rooms for tour guides. The gym and the clinic rooms are located on this deck.

The gym and the clinic rooms are located on the first deck.

 
All the guest rooms are on the 3rd, 4th and 5th decks. My room is on the 5th deck No. 519.

My Room No. 519 at Victoria Jenna

Apart from the guest rooms, on the 5th deck there are a smoking room, a wifi internet room, a lounge as well as a huge ballroom called Yangtze Club. The club is the only gathering place for all guests.
 

A huge ballroom called Yangtze Club. The club is the only gathering place for all guests.

The open-air observation deck is the on the 6th floor at the front.

I stay at Room 519 on the 5th deck. The room is elegantly furnished according to a 5-star luxury hotel with a spacious balcony as well as a huge window because it is located in the corner.

 

he room is elegantly furnished according to a 5-star luxury hotel with a spacious balcony.

My room also has a huge window because it is located in the corner.

Washing room

A closet with a lifejacket and pajama inside.

Lifejacket

Any questions, just drop a  line.