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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Westborough, Massachusetts
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My Yichang Chongqing Yangtze Cruise ( The 2nd Day )
( Passing the Xiling Gorge & Three Gorges Dam 5-stage Shiplocks )

Dec 27, 2005
07:00-09:00 Passing the Xiling Gorge (East Part)
09:00-11:00 Shore Excursion -Three Gorges Dam Project
14:00-20:00 Passing Three Gorges Dam 5-stage Shiplocks
18:00 Captain's Welcome Dinner
20:00 Evening entertainment
20:00-21:00 Passing Xiling Gorge (West Part)

The breakfast at 7:00am, is very good. Our boat starts to sail along the east part of the Xiling Gorge towards the Three Gorges Dam. The Dam is about 20km upstream of the Taohuacun Shipside.

The Xing Gorges is divided by the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping into two parts - East and West, the longest of the three gorges. Xiling Gorge is 66KM long starting from the mouth of Xiangxi River to the Nanjin Guan Pass of Yichang. It is a little foggy today. The visibility is not very good. But this doesn't have an affect on our excitement over the luxury cruise.

We disemark, get a bus, and drive directly toward the top of the observation deck on the hill of its northen bank for a birds-eye view of the Three Gorges Dam. First we are led into an exhibition room and given a detailed account of the dam construction. It is the world's largest hydro-electric power station that traverses the Yangtze River aimed both at harnessing the power of the Yangtze to create hydroelectric power and controling the river to prevent flash flooding that historically caused a great deal of damage. The huge project took 17 years starting from 1994 to 2009 with total investment of 180 billion Yuan RMB and rural-urban migration of one million people.

Back to our ship. We start to pass through the two 5-stage locks of the dam at 14:00. The two massive 5 stage ship locks can lift a 10,000 ton ship up the 100m in about 4 hours. So it takes us about 4 hours to pass through the Dam.

At 20:00 we have a Captain's Welcome Dinner. We enjoyed Chinese sparkling cider and delicious hors d'oeuvre. After dinner, members of the crew modeled Chinese costumes from the Han, Tang, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.

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